Two-goal hero Rodriguez craves central role

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Jay Rodriguez admits he would much prefer to play up front for Southampton than out wide but promised to do his utmost however Nigel Adkins chooses to utilise him.

The 23-year-old striker joined the Premier League new boys for £6million in the summer but has predominantly been used on the left flank since leaving Championship side Burnley.

Rodriguez started in attack in midweek for the first time since joining Saints as Sheffield Wednesday were comfortably seen off in the Capital One Cup third round.

The summer signing was the star of the show as he netted both goals in a 2-0 victory that not only helped Saints progress to the last 16 but boosted his chances of becoming a regular in his preferred position.

“It was really good for us to get through to the next round and put on a good show for the fans,” Rodriguez said.

“Also for ourselves it builds confidence heading into the game on Saturday [against Everton].

“To get on the pitch is great and to get that amount of minutes is great. I just want to play and to get the two goals was brilliant so I am really chuffed.

“It was nice to get my first goal for the club. It’s a nice feeling to score, especially at St Mary’s.

“I love playing up front. I felt really good playing that role and getting in behind and trying cause the defenders as many problems as I can.

“It is a good feeling to play up front and that is where I like it.

“It is where I have grown up and learned to play, but I will work as hard as I can for the team and play in any position.

“I will try my hardest in any position but, yeah, I do enjoy playing up front.”