West Brom manager Alan Pardew has expressed his concerns for Jay Rodriguez’s future prospects following the recent allegations of racism he has faced, the BBC reports.
Rodriguez was formally charged by the FA on Thursday night on the grounds of racial abuse towards Brighton defender Gaetan Bong in last month’s clash between West Brom and Brighton.
He has a good mental capacity to deal with things and hopefully he can concentrate on his football when he’s here and not worry too much about the situation.
It’s not just about us losing Jay for five games, it’s a bit more serious than that. It’s not an ideal situation but of course as a club we will support him through the process.
The ex-Southampton forward has been quick to refute these claims and has expressed his disappointment at the charge. However, Pardew has admitted that he has fears over what kind of impact the ongoing situation will have on Rodriguez’s reputation.
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The Baggies forward has been in good form for the team in recent weeks and the charge has come at a difficult time for West Brom, as they approach the business end of the season.
With his future after the game if he wants to be a coach, manager or be in business, it can impact on his reputation.
28-year-old Rodriguez has until 16 February to respond to the FA’s charge and it seems as though he will go all the way to prove that he is not guilty of racially abusing Bong.