The Magpies haven’t had much to cheer about in recent years, but they certainly found reason to cheer when signing star forward Salomon Rondon on loan (at least for the second half of the season, anyway).
Did someone order a tank? What a treat West Bromwich Albion’s Rondon has been this season. The footballing world are genuinely pleased that Newcastle, a club who have been kicked, beaten and spat on by owner Mike Ashley were finally thrown a lifeline in the form of the Venezuelan juggernaut.
What isn’t there to say about Rondon? The man was perfect for Newcastle. His strength and size allowed him to comfortably hold up the ball against any and all opposition daring enough to step into his realm, and perhaps most importantly, his immense holdup play and creativity generated a more prosperous environment for attacking football. Just look at the relatively astronomical rise of Ayoze Perez, for instance, who claimed seven goals in 10 games at the end of the Premier League season – two of which came directly from Rondon.
“We’ve got an amazing relationship,” Perez recently revealed (per the Chronicle) about his partnership with Rondon.”If he gets the chance to give me a goal, he’ll do it,” he adds, “and it’s the same the other way around.”
It’s not just the players that thrive off him, either. Rondon has reawakened the Newcastle fans who were for so long slumped and miserably watching drivel unfold in the forward positions, and that – to be fair – includes his less than impressive start to the season.
The 29-year-old in a Newcastle shirt is just “one of those things,” you know? It just feels right. He’s the glue to this team. He’s brought everyone together and turned a wavering band of individuals into a harmonious attacking unit, and alongside new Miguel Almiron and an impressive looking Perez, he could do some truly special things next campaign. “Could” being the operative word.
Unfortunately, Rondon is set to re-join parent club West Brom at the end of May and without any clear indication (the Star reported back in March that his future on Tyneside was in doubt) that Newcastle will be making a move to sign him on a permanent deal anytime soon, his signature is anyone’s game this summer.
Newcastle fans, how impressed have you been by Rondon this season? Did you fear the worst at the beginning of the campaign? Let us know in the comments below…
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