Salomon Rondon is off to Miami but already thinking about Arsenal
Salomon Rondon looks set to be a big favourite with the Newcastle fans.
After a tortuously slow transfer process in the summer, eventually a loan deal was done, Gayle and Rondon swapping clubs for the season.
Newcastle ended up paying £2m as a balancing payment for the deal and if agreeing to make that payment was the hold up, you once again have to question how our club is run.
If the move had happened in early/mid July rather than as the season was due to start, then the Venezuelan striker could have started the season in the team.
Instead it is taking him time to reach full fitness and you could see on Saturday just how effective he can be, despite being totally isolated the forward managed to fight off a number of defenders and hold the ball up, allowing his distant teammates to get up and support. Plus of course he superbly made the chance for a turbo-charged Yedlin to put away.
In each performance he has looked like somebody who will make things happen and can impact on any game.
As a sub against Spurs, Salomon Rondon hit the bar and almost earned Newcastle a point.
Asked to do the lone role when Chelsea were at St James Park, he performed a similar role to the one at the Etihad, showing his strength when holding the ball up and knocking the visiting defenders about.
A late sub at Forest and he knocked in an excellent goal, a goal which should have guaranteed Newcastle their chance in a penalty shootout.
Whilst Newcastle and Rafa Benitez could maybe do with this international break to help settle things down, for Rondon it has probably come at exactly the wrong time as he gathers momentum.
Yesterday he flew off to Miami, with Venezuela having internationals against Colombia and Panama.
When he flies back after that Panama match, Rondon will probably not make it back onto the training ground until the Friday, 24 hours before the Arsenal match.
Rafa Benitez has in the past regularly favoured those who haven’t been on international duty and who he has had a chance to train with in the lead up the next game.
Joselu is an honest player who tries his best but Salomon Rondon has given us glimpses of a player with very decent quality, a striker who will play an essential part if this is going to be a comfortable season.
The way the fixtures and results have played out, that Arsenal match looms large for Newcastle, here’s hoping Salomon Rondon makes that starting eleven.
Salomon Rondon after defeat to Man City, speaking to official club site:
“It was a really good performance against a good team, but we lost the game and we have to keep working
“We tried to close every single space, and that made it difficult for them to play the (final) pass – the ball behind our defenders.
“Our defensive tactic and plan was good.
“We were unlucky to concede two goals, but that’s football – you give a chance to them, and they can score. They are a really, really good team.
“We have to keep going – that is the only way to change the situation. The confidence is the most important thing in this sport.
“We just have to start not conceding goals, and continue our positive performances, our positive things, and keep looking forward.
“I travel to Miami on Sunday, and we play against Colombia, and then we play Panama in Panama.
“I am thinking about my national team, but I am also thinking about the next game, against Arsenal, and I will be ready when I get back.
“You want to settle as quickly as possible, and of course, it is important to score goals, but the most important thing is the result, and goals do not matter as much if we lose – it’s more important to win three points.
“We have to keep working, looking forward and be ready (for the Arsenal game) as soon as possible.”
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