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Jay Rodriguez best served staying at Southampton

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Jay Rodriguez's recovery and future development would be best served staying at Southampton, if only for the time being.

With the England star currently recovering from his anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered at the tail end of last season, speculation about his future has increased in recent weeks.

Especially after the man who brought him to Southampton in Mauricio Pochettino, joined Tottenham, the Express reports that the Argentine wants to take Rodriguez with him to White Hart Lane.

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The Saints have predicted that Rodriguez will not return to action until late in 2014, and despite his injury status, it seems it has not deterred interest in him from other clubs.

Southampton form

Since joining Southampton from Burnley in 2012 the young forward has come on in leaps and bounds, partiularly under the guidance of Pochettino in the 2013-14 season.

His blistering pace, tight control and eye for goal made him one of the Premier Leagues most imppressive players, and his goalscoring exploits did not go unnoticed.

England calling

Rodriguez's superb form saw him called into the senior England squad for the first time in November 2013 alongside then-teammates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

Despite a subdued performance that might have been expected on an international debut, 'J-Rod's' form throughout the remainder of the campaign made him somewhat a certainty for the Brazil World Cup before injury struck.

Loyalty

After remaining loyal to his hometown team Burnley before joining the Saints, Rodriguez would be best sticking with the South coast outfit for the time being.

They have guided him through his recovery thus far, and have reportedly offered him a five-year-deal as reward for his impressive performances.

His improvement over the last two season's have also been due to the staff and facilities at Southampton's Staplewood training ground, and without them, Rodriguez might not be the sought-after star he is now.

If he stays, Southampton might struggle to hold onto the Lancashire-born striker for much longer if his form returns, but maybe he would be even better off by staying with the Saints for another year at least.

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