Burnley youngster still improving

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Burnley's young ace Jay Rodriguez reckons he has a lot of improving to do, despite a stunning four goals against Burton Albion in the Carling Cup.

The 22-year-old has made a great start to the season after being held back somewhat from Barclays Premier League football during Burnley's time at the top.

But since the Claret's demotion, Rodriguez has earned a new two-year contract – signed in March of this year - and an England Under 21 debut.

The young striker said: “I’ve still got a lot to improve. That’s what I want to do this year and work harder.

“I don’t think settling for what I got last year is good enough. I need to keep improving. That’s what I’ll try and do and still keep enjoying it. That’s important as well.”

After loans to Scottish side Stirling Albion and Barnsley, Rodriguez has worked hard to earn Burnley's No.9 shirt.

“It was amazing to get the number 9 shirt. I was hoping to get it and when I did I was chuffed to bits. It’s a massive statement. I’ve had my eye on it for a long time."


Rodriguez's recent tally of four is the icing on the cake, he added: “It’s up there as a great achievement for myself to get a hat-trick, but it’s a bonus really.

“The main thing was winning the game and getting through.”

His long range ability is starting to shine through, but the young Englishman, who is of Spanish decent, likes to keep things simple.

The Burnley boy said: “When it opens up I don’t really know how far out I am, I just look to hit it and try to get a clean shot on target. I just look to strike the ball well and see if I can hit the target at least.”

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