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What does the future hold for Salomon Rondon?

Wherever he goes, Salomon Rondon wins over the fans and scores goals. He may not be the most Premier League hitmen, but when in a relegation dog fight you’d rather have him standing alongside you than against you. The Venezuelan is currently on-loan from West Brom at St James Park, and his future is up in the air.

When the Baggies went down last season it became very clear that Rondon would not be staying at The Hawthorns. A player of his calibre is simply too good to be playing Championship football, and Rafa Benitez cooked up a smart loan move that saw Dwight Gayle head to the Midlands whilst they poached Rondon for a year. However, in the summer he could be on the move again.

If Newcastle survive the drop and remain a Premier League side next season then they’ll want to keep the Venezuelan and fork out for him. However, if the Baggies, under the impressive Darren Moore, make the instant jump back to the top flight then the chances are they’ll want to keep their man at the club for his impressive goal record.

Rondon signed for West Brom from Russian Premier League side Zenit back in August 2015. His highest tally in a single Premier League season might only be the nine that he grabbed in his debut year at West Brom, but with six in 20 this season for the Magpies he’s set to push on and finally reach double figures. It won’t be easy, but it’s certainly doable for the South American international.

At the age of 29, Rondon has still got plenty to give and will be desperate to remain in the Premier League. Whether he finds himself in the stripes of West Brom, Newcastle or whoever else he’ll have to make sure he’s in the Premier League, and if that means forcing a move from his parent club West Brom and upsetting a few fans, then that’s what he’ll have to do. Although the easy option for the striker would be to have his loan swap for Gayle made permanent.

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