It looks very unlikely that Salmon Rondon will return to West Bromwich Albion next season and, well, who needs him? While there have been many frustrations for Baggies fans this season, goalscoring certainly isn’t one of them and their attacking lines look better without the South American battering ram.
After moving to Newcastle United on loan and revitalizing the Magpies campaign, he’s himself stated towards wanting to stay at the club for “many years to come.”
Still, as much as Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez have impressed, the Baggies now face a dilemma in replacing him, with Premier League promotion a realistic dream for them. Though teams like Newcastle and Wolves have proven that promoted teams no longer merely just need to survive, neither Gayle or Rodriguez have proven overly prolific in the top tier and the style deployed by Darren Moore will need to be a touch more pragmatic.
To do that, they’ll need more of a hold-up player, someone who can battle like Rondon and bring others into play.
So, one closed door has opened up another one.
They can now look towards potentially replacing him with someone as talented or better in the summer. With that in mind, here are TWO such options.
The Swansea City hitman’s been a bright part in their gloomy season, lighting up their games with some stunning goals time and again. McBurnie’s scored 16 in 33 appearances while assisting four times as well.
A towering individual who’s averaged 3.1 aerial duels won to compliment his predatorial instincts and hard-tackling manner, McBurnie can set into the Baggies attacking system really well. The 22-year-old can be Darren Moore’s trump card and possibly take the Premier League by storm next season, having proved his worth.
He might be struggling to impress at Southampton, yet Charlie Austin can blend in really well at West Bromwich Albion.
Despite having only two goals this season, he could suit West Brom’s physical style and help them with his Premier League experience as well, having worked so well at QPR prior to his move south. Indeed, Austin’s a known goal-scorer and can benefit from the quality attackers surrounding him.
If Moore can shape his style around him, he could inherit the menacing goal-scorer the 29-year-old was at Queens Park Rangers.
West Brom fans, do you feel these two strikers can replace Rondon? Join the discussion by commenting below.