Salomon Rondon will not be playing on Saturday.

An official Newcastle United announcement revealing that he has a thigh injury.

The striker was taken off at half-time last Saturday after complaining of feeling tightness in his thigh.

Having impressed earlier in tough games against Chelsea, Man City and Spurs, as well as a very good goal against Forest in the League Cup, the loan striker did look disappointing against Palace.

Newcastle’s striker options had already looked average to poor before today’s news but this could now be a nightmare for Rafa Benitez.

For the club to bother putting out an announcement doesn’t sound as if this is just a knock and NUFC say further news will be forthcoming, as the player has treatment and is assessed.

Whilst Joselu has scored twice this season, nothing in his overall play convinces that he is good enough to be a first choice in the Premier League, whilst Perez has been shocking so far.

Rafa Benitez as stated that Yoshinori Muto is taking time to adapt and needs to toughen up if he is to be a success in England.

With so little pace in the attacking positions, Muto coming good would be a massive help.

It will be a very interesting team selection on Saturday and will Rafa go for something a bit different, or stick with Joselu and Perez?

The only small positive is that assuming Salomon Rondon isn’t involved next weekend either (Man Utd away), an international break means that between Palace and the game (Brighton home)  following the internationals, there will have been a four week window for Rondon to try and get sorted.

With Mitrovic and Gayle both having scored five goals each so far in their respective leagues, no doubt some people will question the player trading this summer.

The bottom line of course is that whichever players came and went, the lack of investment in strikers (and elsewhere on the pitch) is quite shocking, Mike Ashley once again gambling with the team in terms of potential relegation.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Salomón Rondón will miss Saturday’s match against Leicester City after sustaining a thigh injury during last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace.

The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was withdrawn from the match at Selhurst Park at half time.

Rondón is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course.

  • Peaky

    Slimani all over again….what a fuckingjoke….

    • Albert Stubbins

      I’d rather play Ritchie up front than Hoss – at least he’d be busy and would put the defenders under some pressure.

      • HarryHype59

        It wouldn’t work if the main offensive tactic continues to be aimlessly hoofing long balls to the ‘big man’ up front. I agree something different is needed.

  • HarryHype59

    Any chance of reversing the swap and getting Gayle back?

  • Paul Patterson

    And so it begins.
    Last seasons luck has ran out ..

  • Albert Stubbins

    That’s a month then.
    Get Gayle back- words I never thought Id every write anytime soon but that’s how desperate we are at the minute for goals!!

    • Paul Patterson

      What’s Shola doing these days?

      • Peaky

        WankingAshley off the last I heard….

        • Billmag


        • Leicester Mag

          Tried but shot wide

  • Martin Rooney

    Should have stuck with the squad we had last year that finished tenth

  • mentalman

    Time for a change of tactics

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, whether it’s formation or personnel Rafa needs to try something different. Dropping Perez would be a start.

      • Kenny

        he would if he could but he can’t,he hasn’t got the players

        • HarryHype59

          We could play a false no 9 like Palace did last season. Murphy and Ritchie playing more as attackers. This isn’t ideal, but unless something different is tried this team won’t win enough games to stay up.

          • Martin

            Is a false 9 like playing no 9 coz we haven’t got one.

          • HarryHype59

            The Hoss is an honest trier, but he simply won’t score enough goals. If Benetiz really is the world class coach many claim he is, tactics have to be changed to get the best out the limited squad.

    • Ron

      Too late – window closed last month, and we needed to strengthen the squad to cover injuries and to add flexibility in tactics.

      We didn’t. Not going to say why but the monies not been spent has it?

      • grantham mag

        It has on house of Fraser Muppet.

      • mentalman

        He’s got the squad to try something different

  • Wezza

    All the ingredients for relegation is happening before our very eyes.

    • Leazes.

      Just thinking that, Ashley rode his luck last season and got away with it and on that basis came to the conclusion he didn’t need to spend.

      • Kenny

        major error on his part, this squad will get relegated

      • HarryHype59

        Ashley has been playing a football equivalent of ‘jenga’ the last four windows. The last one has caused the NUFC tower to collapse. Ultimately, constant cost cutting leads to failure.

  • Rev

    We had a couple of strikers, the manager didnt want to play them, they are now scoring goals elsewhere. How you can blame Ashley for this is beyond me. If i had only two saleable players on the squad and it was obvious they werent going to get a game i’d have sold them too. Not a wind up. What was the alternative?

    • Carverlier football

      The alternative? To spend the going rate on a quality striker. Which didn’t happen. Because of Ashley.

    • Ron

      Did you hear from KK’s book how Milner was sold? Not saying same thing happened here except that Mitro didn’t fit with Rafa’s style of play so he was sold on the understanding we’d use proceeds to buy a player that did meet our style, but once again (and again) profit was banked and not reinvested.

  • Philippines

    Play De Yedlin at No 9.

    • BigHairyDog

      And who plays right back, Manquillo?

  • Kenny

    You could see it coming a mile off, last season we were lucky with injuries to key players, this season we are not.
    the Fat Rat has twisted on 16 & drew the a picture card. can Rafa save us this time
    i have grave doubts on that

  • Leicester Mag

    Main tightness is in the ducksarse of the robber baron

    • Peaky

      😂🤣😂 that sounds like a line from Blackadder..

      • Leicester Mag

        Well we have Baldrick as CEO. We’ve had Lord [email protected] as Manager (Pardew) and Pep McNugget would pass for the hapless Lord Percy

  • Hughie

    Not even a youngster to chuck in- pitiful