This summer's dumbest transfer saga was probably the one centered around Jay Rodriguez, a pretty good player who blew out his ACL last spring. Tottenham Hotspur wanted to pay roughly £15 million for a 25-year-old with a bum knee and one good Premier League season on his resume, while Southampton were unwilling to part with Rodriguez at any reasonable price. It's tough to decide whose decision was worse.
Any speculation about a potential second JayRod transfer saga was killed off on Tuesday when the Saints announced that Rodriguez had signed a new contract through 2019. He hasn't been back in full training for long and hasn't even played an Under-21 game yet, but Ronald Koeman's seen enough from him in training to give him a new deal. Good for JayRod, it's great that he's recovered enough to earn some job security.
But this new contract is, from the perspective of Spurs supporters, a pretty good thing for Tottenham Hotspur.
Is peak JayRod something that improves Spurs? Absolutely. Are we going to see peak JayRod ever again? There's a really decent chance we don't. He hasn't played in over a year, and his one great season was his only great Premier League season. Spending a lot of money on him would be downright stupid, and Mauricio Pochettino, though he's a very smart man, was probably prepared to do that stupid thing.
So thanks, Southampton, for saving Poche from himself. Personally, I wish Rodriguez nothing but the best and hope he makes a full recovery, but I'm feeling really confident in predicting that he won't score 15 league goals again.