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Assombalonga is the perfect Rondon replacement for West Brom

Assombalonga is the perfect Rondon replacement for West Brom

According to The Sun, Newcastle United are expected to step up their pursuit of West Brom’s Salomon Rondon in the coming days.

Once that deal is done, according to a Team Talk exclusive, the Baggies are planning to invest in Middlesbrough’s Britt Assomalonga as the Venezuelan’s replacement. 

The 25-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign last time out, but he’s apparently surplus to requirements at the Championship outfit.

If Darren Moore could attract the DR Congo international to the Hawthorns then he’d be the perfect candidate to step into Salomon Rondon’s shooting boots.

The Breakdown

Rondon’s key attributes are strength, stamina and physicality. Those features, married with his smart movement and finishing, are what made the 28-year-old such a handful in the Premier League last season.

Assombalonga boasts a very similar skillset, and could, therefore, do a great job of replicating Rondon’s dedicated role in this West Brom side.

Last season he scored a very impressive 15 league goals, which is a decent return by any stretch. Naturally, then, his finishing is superb, whilst his aerial ability and physical presence makes him a real handful when moving forward more generally.

The Middlesbrough man is valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt and is one of the most exciting attacking talents in the second tier of English football. If West Brom could sign him with the money recouped from Rondon’s sale, then that would be an excellent move in the market and would set them up nicely for the Championship campaign ahead. With promotion back to the top flight a clear goal for the club, a major move like this would put them in good stead. 

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