It is now reported that claims of other strikers being Rafa Benitez’ top target are wide of the mark.

The Shields Gazette saying on Friday morning that rather than Alassane Plea or any of the other names mentioned, it is actually Salomon Rondon who is the Newcastle manager’s top target.

They state that their information is that it is the West Brom forward who Benitez wants to lead the line next season.

Obviously if Rafa does genuinely think this, then who are we to argue.

However, I find it hard to believe this is really the United boss’ dream centre forward.

The Venezuelan international arrived at the Hawthorns for £15m three years ago and has hardly tore up the Premier League.

His top tier goals record reads nine in 2015/16, eight in 2016/17 and seven in 2017/18.

One thing in his favour is that he has a great fitness record, unavailable for only six of the 114 Premier League games in those three seasons and he was suspended for three of those six.

In total Salomon Rondon has played 8,234 minutes of Premier League football and scored 24 goals, at a rate of one every 343 minutes.

Joselu has played 2,805 Premier League minutes, scoring eight goals at a rate of one every 350 minutes.

As a goal maker, Rondon doesn’t really do it, in the three seasons he has managed seven PL assists.

I think rather than a goalscorer, Newcastle would be getting a hard working striker who would weigh in with a few goals.

Is that really what we are looking for?

Much is made of him having a buyout clause of ‘only’ £16.5m but even in today’s transfer market I’m doubting whether he is actually worth that. The fact nobody has made a move yet to activate that clause seems to support that.

Whilst looking around for info on Salomon Rondon I came across this…

The Mag – 21 March 2018:

Using official Premier League data from EA Sports, Talksport have put together this list of the five PL players to win most of those aerial duels this season:

224 Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

189 Peter Crouch (Stoke)

154 Shane Duffy (Brighton)

138 Salomon Rondon (West Brom)

137 Joselu (Newcastle United)

I can’t help but think that signing Salomon Rondon must be a target who is way down Rafa’s list, if he is indeed on it at all.

Nobody pretends that buying a credible goalscorer will be easy or cheap but buying somebody who is only a very marginal improvement on Joselu doesn’t float my boat.



  • Leazes.

    Supporters need to throw off this idea of ‘we’re no longer worthy’ …. and to do that Ryder, Douglas, and Miles Starforth also need to throw off this idea of ‘we’re no longer worthy’

    • FatParosite

      Expectation management is in full flow at the ThinkWank tm

  • Jeffrey Arthur

    Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I’ll just say this sometimes a player can change his confident, attitude and character with another team or manager. I do personally think that Rondon is better than Joselu and Mitrovic. HWTL!!!

    • Leazes.

      I hope he’s not coming at all.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Agreed.

      • Jeffrey Arthur

        Everyone wants the best in life, pls tell me who doesn’t. Given me or anyone who wouldn’t want a Harry Kane or another “Shearer”.So let me tell you what I personally think of Mike CAshley, he is never going to sell this club because he enjoys tormenting us (Fans). You think CAshley doesn’t understand how the transfer market works this days think again mate. He knows that a lot or maybe all Toon fans dislikes M.Owen and he’s going to keep that name there on records as long his the owner to punish us. That’s why I understand why Rafa has to look at certain plays because CAshley is never going to pay and it’s not that NUFC can’t afford. Period!

  • TheNutJob

    Is Rafa`s first priority a player who scores 7 or 8 goals a season ? i think that`s highly unlikely

    • Leazes.

      ditto

    • Paul Patterson

      In an awful side . . mostly managed by Pardew and Carver . .

      • Kneebotherm8

        Amazed Carver couldn’t get the best out of him…………he’d have us believe he was the best coach in the land.😂😂

        • Paul Patterson

          He was. He said so himself . .

          • Kneebotherm8

            He takes delusion to a new level…..

        • TheNutJob

          best in the world is Geordie John

          • Kneebotherm8

            Aye…..in his own little world….😂😂

          • Paul Patterson

            He worked with Sir Bobby you know . .

        • Brian Standen

          Why slag off one of our own?

          • Kneebotherm8

            He’s the one that made the statement…………..if you agree with him that’s fine……I don’t……his coaching skills are patently obviously well below standard……..he also ranks with Beardsley,Moncur and the likes………all pssng in Ashleys pot….. I don’t class that lot as “One of our own”……………hopefully that was just a wind up statement from yourself……..cos in the words of John McEnroe……..”You cannot be serious”…..

          • mentalman

            SBR seemed to like him so there must have been something there at one point

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah before he sold his sole to the devil.

          • Brian Standen

            Not at all. I just fail to see the point of slagging off a Geordie lad who is actually a decent bloke and fan of NUFC! Yeah I agree not of the calibration that we need I grant you, but don’t see the point of slagging him off!

          • Steven05

            The fans who travelled to Southampton might not agree that he’s a decent bloke

          • Kneebotherm8

            Aye,Geordie John backing the cockney mafia again…….too thick to keep his mouth shut……he’s reneged on any Geordie affiliations in my book……

          • Brian Standen

            So you would turn down a chance to coach at NUFC given the opportunity?
            I doubt that very much! P

          • Kneebotherm8

            Not exactly a top coach at this club,or any other club,is he?………despite his delusionary claims…….

          • Brian Standen

            Aye fair comment and I was there as well – but everybody has a breaking point!
            Anyway as I said I won’t waste time slating fellow geordies

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Who are you like super Geordie? Defender of all Geordies in need?

            Everyone is up for Criticism when needed

          • Brian Standen

            Who am I? Read below as my name is clear to see, who are you? Just another faceless keyboard warrior

            However I take your point nobody is above criticism

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m not a faceless keyboard warrior I’m a tiger

          • Brian Standen

            Just like Des!

          • Brian Standen

            It’s funny you also slagging off Beardsley……possibly one of the greatest players this club has ever seen, and Bob Moncur…. the last captain to lift silverware ( nearly 50 years ago) – whether you see them as pi55ing in Ashley’s pot or not both do not merit abuse!

          • Kneebotherm8

            Definitely,not possibly,one of the greatest players this club has ever seen…………a case of going from the sublime to the ridiculous…..and it does not exempt him,or Moncur,from criticism for their sycophantic Ashley support………if they weren’t at the club in some capacity,then they’d probably be as vocal as anyone else against this regime……..Shearer says it as it is…….but then again,he’s not up Ashleys backside……

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t know about that Brian, they have first and foremost looked after themselves rather than the club it’s self. That’s not a legend, Alan Shearer sacrificed winning the league year on year and his England career for the greater cause. I don’t see either of those 2 makes any sacrifices for the club. It’s all about themselves and nobody else, just like the Halls.

          • Geordiegiants

            Because he isshit and his mouth, football knowledge, attitude and being pals with Pinocchio embarrasses us Brian.

          • Brian Standen

            Sometimes perceptions of people can be false, I have only met him a couple of times and was a genuine nice bloke who cares absolutely about NUFC.
            A mate of mine played a lot of football with him and says the same.
            Should not always believe what you see, read or here in the press!
            Absolutely agree that being mates with Pardew does you few favours up here, but would any true fan of NUFC turn down the opportunity to work or coach at the club!

          • Geordiegiants

            There is also the fact he couldn’t of licked the cancers hoop any cleaner if he had tried.

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂

      • TheNutJob

        those weren`t the only managers he`s played under and never scored more than 8 in a season here

        • Kneebotherm8

          Correct……you can’t only blame those two.

  • TheFatController

    The one thing I think when I hear Rondon mentioned is that when the Sky power ratings or whatever were listed on this site, I always saw his name in the top 50.

    He stood out because obviously he was one of the few players at the wrong end of the league (eg in a poor team) to feature, more remarkable still given he’s at the wrong end of the pitch to be doing well when in a poor team.

    He might be awful, I haven’t watched him enough to know what he’s like. But his power ratings rankings were a standout.

    Maybe Rafa and his scouts know more than I do. It wouldn’t surprise me. Unlike some on here who, I think we can all agree, always know more than Rafa. Unlike Rafa they just don’t seek payment for that knowledge.

    • FatParosite

      Some of that inside knowledge would also be tinged with experience of working with an outfit that will not sanction any large bids, pretend to negotiate to try and fool both the fans and the manager as well as sell off assets for poorer replacements on a consistent basis. Rafa may have put this down as a target to be pragmatic. None of us know how he would really fit in the side, but bargain basement is where we are. The real question is why is Rafa not using this as solid evidence for constructive dismissal?

      • TheFatController

        Because he enjoys it here when it’s not the transfer window.

        He’s only got to do 12 months of fan adulation mixed with the down of the Jan window nonsense. Probably sees that as less stressful than a court case?

  • Kneebotherm8

    9,8 then 7 goals per season?……….if we get him and that continues then we’re looking at 6 from him next season………..worryingly…..

  • FatParosite

    You’re confusing printed/written statements issued by Bishop as fact Jackie Smithfield….

  • Dillon Tovak

    Oh god Rondon is my nightmare.
    Anyone but him 🙏

    • Dave Pattinson

      Rondon!! If that’s true we might as well keep Mitrovich.

      • Geordiegiants

        I agree and if you look at my post I’m probably one of Mitros biggest critics.

  • 1957

    He scored at a rate of about 1:3 while playing in La Liga, but his scoring rate has been steadily dropping since leaving Malaga. Not the type of striker I think we need, but I read that Pellegrini identified him as a potential signing for West Ham at the right price, so perhaps he and Benitez see something we don’t.

  • Foggy

    To play the devil’s advocate, if I was the owner of Newcastle and I saw some of the players we’ve been supposedly interested in, I wouldn’t give him the money. I can’t help feeling Rondon is one of them.

  • I trust Rafa, if he thinks Rondon is better than Mitro, we should sign him if Mitro leaves.