Newcastle United need to sign a striker. The club are almost guaranteed to be selling Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer with Fulham interested in the Serbian and willing to pay the £20 million fee. According to TEAMtalk, the Magpies could be replacing Mitrovic with relegated West Brom striker, Salomon Rondon this summer.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 16, 2018
Nine times out of ten, the Newcastle fans would be content with a £15 million deal for a striker. The last time they paid that exact sum for a striker saw Alan Shearer make the move from Blackburn Rovers to St James Park and we all know what happened there. However, it’s unlikely that 28-year-old Rondon who averages eight goals a season in the Premier League will go on to break the all-time goalscoring record at Newcastle.
If Rondon does make the switch to St James Park he will have to hit the ground running if he wants to keep the fans happy. Last season, not a single Newcastle player managed to break into double figures for Premier League goals, with Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle and Joselu only managing to bag 18 goals between them all season. Rondon would add goals and with the right service he could be prolific at the club, although for now, the fans are far from convinced.
Here’s what the Geordies have been saying on Twitter about Rondon:
Makes no sense really when his release clause is only 16.5m?
— colin oliver (@100Magpie) July 16, 2018
This confuses the hell out of me, Mitrovic and Rondon are the same build and same style of player so why are we selling one to buy another
— Ryan Irwin (@Ryan_Irwin23) 16 July 2018
If Rondon that good of a striker why is no body else interested in him
— Keith Coldrick (@drhoo62) July 16, 2018
Rather keep mitro than rondon
— mark barrett (@markbarrett4) July 16, 2018
I hope Rondon pulls something out of the bag but I don’t think he’s got the quality to succeed. Hopefully I’m wrong
— Gareth Thompson (@GarfThompson) 16 July 2018
Loan then another loan then another loan etc
— David Singleton (@mindblower46) July 17, 2018
Just from a few tweets above you can see that the fans are far from pleased to be linked with Rondon.