Salomon Rondon paid back a significant slice (all?) of the low cost loan that Newcastle United paid out this summer for his services.
Mike Ashley refused to allow Rafa Benitez to buy the striker and the Newcastle manager even had to agree to let Dwight Gayle go the other way, to make the deal happen.
Arriving so late in the window due to Ashley haggling over relative pennies in terms of Premier League finances, Salomon Rondon wasn’t involved in any of NUFC’s pre-season and didn’t play a single minute in the pre-season friendlies.
If Saturday is any indication, just imagine how different Newcastle’s start to the season could have been, if this was a normal club and Rondon had arrived in good time, particularly when Newcastle are selling a striker for £22m (rising to £27m).
Salomon Rondon described yesterday as a ‘Perfect Saturday’ and indeed it almost was for the Venezuelan international, breaking away in the final stages, the loan striker’s hat -trick looked assured, only for Begovic to deflect the shot just past the post.
The striker though admits that this has to be only the start of things: ‘I have to keep working, this is my job to score, I am very happy.’
The best Salomon Rondon managed in three Premier League seasons was nine goals.
I have a feeling we need double figures from him as a minimum if Newcastle United are going to have a decent season.
Yesterday showed what Rondon can do if he gets the service, that is now the challenge for the rest of this Newcastle team.
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) November 10, 2018
“We need this to be honest.
“This is the way we need to keep working and fighting.
“You can see the level, so we need to keep playing like that to stay up.
“Tonight I am really happy, we have played really well.
“I have to keep working, this is my job to score, I am very happy.
“This is the way to keep winning.
“We needed the three points, to keep fighting, because it is important for us to stay up.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1
Newcastle : Rondon 7, 40
Bournemouth: Lerma 45+6
Possession was Bournemouth 61% Newcastle 39%
Total shots were Bournemouth 14 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Bournemouth 4 Newcastle 6
Corners were Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 7
Referee: Lee Probert
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez
Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff
Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)
(Alan Shearer Match of The Day comments HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to beating Bournemouth HERE)
(Paul Merson covered Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 for Sky Sports – Had plenty to say afterwards HERE)
(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)