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West Brom need to build around the excellent Salomon Rondon

West Brom need to build around the excellent Salomon Rondon

Goals aren’t really coming in huge numbers for West Brom anymore, are they?

Once among the Championship’s highest scoring teams, their attacking urgency has declined in recent weeks and the mood around the Hawthorns looks to have died down. Indeed, despite picking up two big wins under Jimmy Shan, the Baggies strikeforce isn’t as lethal as it was in an earlier part of the season.

Dwight Gayle, in particular, has struggled in recent weeks. He might’ve scored 16 goals for West Brom this season, but is now goalless in his last five games. Clearly, the Newcastle-loanee hasn’t settled into Shan’s system that well either, with the interim manager preferring a more defensive approach, which doesn’t appeal to his style.

Unless West Brom’s attack is firing, the 28-year-old can’t seem to rise up on his own and inspire their attack. This, however, isn’t something which a certain Salomon Rondon lacks. The Venezuelan striker himself is enjoying a beaming loan spell at Newcastle United, having scored 9 goals in 25 Premier League appearances for them, proving perfect in that lone striker role.

While he’s in dreamland up on Tyneside, apparent (as per the Daily Star) internal disputes mean he might not be retained beyond the loan spell. This is something which can work to West Brom’s favour as they can let Gayle go back to Newcastle again and build the team around Rondon, especially if they gain Premier League promotion.

The in-form Rondon’s proved how perfect he is for the Premier League with his striker’s instincts and lethal finishing. He’s moulded himself into a cunning Premier League-fit striker and if asked to repeat his heroics next season, Rondon can make West Brom a formidable Premier League side again.

West Brom fans, would you want to stick with Gayle or bring back Rondon? Join the discussion by commenting below. 

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