It was another opening day defeat for Newcastle United but there were still a number of positives that both Rafa Benitez and the fans could take from the game.
Off the bench for the last half hour, Salomon Rondon suggested that he could be a big player for Newcastle this coming season.
Showing his strength on a number of occasions against Tottenham, he looks a real handful, whilst he was very unlucky to see his deflected shot hit the crossbar instead of the back of the net. Small margins.
Newcastle fans were left wondering of what might have been, if Salomon Rondon had been able to play from the start.
However, due to the ridiculous lack of urgency and ambition to get signings in as early as possible, Rafa Benitez was left with a pre-season schedule where Rondon, Muto and Fernandez haven’t played a single minute in the friendlies.
The player himself remarks on how long the deal took to get done, something that did neither Newcastle or West Brom any good.
The Venezuelan international though, says that he knows all about Newcastle United and the importance of the number nine shirt, following the likes of Alan Shearer and others who have worn it.
With only 24 goals in three Premier League seasons, it is difficult/impossible to see Rondon reaching ‘Shearer-esque’ levels of goals, but with any kind of decent service I can see him getting into at least double figures, which of course would see him as a step up on the NUFC goalscorers last season.
Watching our new number nine on Saturday, I thought he had a bit of the look of a Les Ferdinand about him, in terms of his power/strength. How we could do with another Sir Les these days…
Salomon Rondon talking to the official match programme (v Spurs):
“Newcastle is a big club in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, I’m happy that finally the deal is done and I’m here.
“It was a long time [before the deal was done]…the clubs were talking, but now I’m focused on the season, helping my teammates get points and reach our targets to do well this season.
“It’s a big decision but when you know about the interest of the gaffer; the most [important] thing for the player is that.
“I wanted to be here with the gaffer and try to reach the targets.
“I’ve played a few times when I have come to St James Park. The atmosphere was amazing, the supporters were very passionate, so it’s amazing when a player plays on the pitch and feels something like that.
“I am behind big people who wore this number and I am motivated.
“I want to score goals. I know the history behind this number, but I don’t feel pressure… I feel motivated.
“To take the Number nine is a pleasure for me.
“I know this number is heavy in this club and a lot of top strikers have played here, like Alan Shearer and Tino Asprilla, so it’s important for me as a striker.
“My dad always told me that the striker has to play with No 9!”