Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon’s last two matches for the club signalled some worrying signs to manager Rafa Benitez after he failed to make his presence felt on Arsenal’s and Crystal Palace’s defenders.
The North East club suffered defeat at the Emirates last Monday and at St James’s Park over the weekend with some very poor showings in both encounters. Rondon, though, was probably the biggest let down in these two matches after he didn’t work hard enough to intimidate the opposition defenders.
Even against Arsenal, the 29-year-old managed to secure the ball in heaps of space after defender Shkodran Mustafi slipped and gave him possession with only the keeper to beat.
Rondon could’ve probably taken the ball a few yards further but instead tried to test Bernd Leno from a difficult angle, which the German easily pushed away.
Other than that opportunity, Rondon was hardly visible in the match as Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 victory.
The Magpies also struggled to create good goal scoring opportunities on Saturday and instead tried their luck from far out with a total of 18 shots fired at goal but only five of them on target.
The striker, who is valued at £13.5 million (by Transfermarkt), had a good opportunity to test Palace’s keeper Vicente Guaita in the 29th minute but Rondon failed to keep his header down after a brilliant cross by DeAndre Yedlin.
Given his height and good physical attributes, Rondon should try and throw himself more at defenders for long balls heading towards him, while he should also use his strength to his advantage to take on vulnerable defenders.
He shouldn’t wait for the perfect pass or moment to be in the best position to unleash a shot and short work hard on his movement when Newcastle are not in possession of the ball. Right now, it seems easy to see why Mike Ashley is seemingly reluctant to splash the cash on him.
If he can manage to put opposition teams under pressure without the ball then he will develop into a proper and feared striker he could still achieve great heights.
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