JAY Rodriguez could enter the 100 club against his former club this afternoon.

The Burnley striker goes into today’s game at home to West Bromwich Albion on 99 league goals.

Thirty one of them came in his first Clarets spell, having progressed through the clubs youth ranks and going on to command a fee of £6million when he moved to Southampton in the summer of 2012.

Since returning to his roots seven years later, via The Hawthorns, he has been on the scoresheet nine times in the Premier League, including a stunning goal in last season’s famous win at Manchester United.

But Clarets boss Sean Dyche insists there is more to Rodriguez’s game than goals.

“He is a well rounded centre-forward,” said the Burnley chief.

“There comes a time when you are looking for your centre forwards to use their game knowledge which he certainly does.

“He offers more for us than just a goal for us.

“Same as all our centre forwards, we ask a lot of them, it is not just their goals.

“We ask a lot of them in team play.

“But he gets in the right areas and will score goals that is for sure.

“He is a very good player.”

Rodriguez would have reached the milestone much sooner but for serious injuries.

The Burnley-born striker missed an entire season for Saints in 2014/15 when he ruptured an anterior cruciate knee ligament in a game against Manchester City in April 2014, cutting short a season in which he had scored 15 Premier League goals.

The injury was all the more cruel given his form had put him was on course for a place in England’s World Cup squad that summer.

After a secondary knee operation Rodriguez’s comeback was delayed until August 2015, only for him to later miss six months with a foot injury.

He has suffered minor injuries since returning to Burnley in a £10m move from West Brom a year and a half ago, with pretty much the whole squad affected at some stage by injury given the congested nature of a condensed Premier League programme.

“He has been a bit up and down here with injuries,” noted Dyche of Rodriguez.

“He has had a few injuries which have upset his true run in the side in terms of playing every week.”

Rodriguez's goal in last weekend's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace was his third of the season but first in the league, putting him on 99.

The 31-year-old could celebrate a career milestone against his old club today.

But Dyche sees no reason why the opposition would give Rodriguez more determined to achieve it today.

Asked if there was hunger in the forward's eyes against old clubs, the Burnley boss said: “It is different strokes for different fields.

“When I was a player I had total respect for all my clubs, including the ones I didn't do so well at.

“I was never that into that playing my old clubs.

“I didn't want to get one over them. Why would I? I enjoyed playing for most of my clubs.

“I looked at it differently. But that doesn't mean individuals don't.

“They might look at it that they want to play well and prove a point.

“I don't know but I just went about my business the right way all the time. It wasn't relevant whether I was playing an old club or a different club.”