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West Brom fans discuss preference for Salomon Rondon or Dwight Gayle, or both…

1 year ago
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West Brom fans watched their team bounce back to form on Saturday.

The Baggies beat league leaders Leeds 4-1 and Dwight Gayle was back from injury, scoring an excellent cheeky backheel after coming off the bench.

With nine goals scored already at a rate of one every 109 minutes, as well as winning a handful of penalties, little wonder the West Brom fans have taken to him.

Meanwhile at St James Park, Salomon Rondon put in a towering two goal man of the match performance as he at last nears full fitness.

So what do the West Brom fans make of the respective merits of the pair and who would they like to see playing for them after this initial year loan period is up for the pair?

West Brom fans comment via their top West Brom Index message board:

‘I never rate a striker who is bad at penalties and actively avoids taking them.

A relatively easy option to increase their goal tally is taken up by hungry strikers.

And if you are not good at them stay behind after training and improve your technique.

Salomon Rondon may run around a lot but he is not a good striker, bang average at best imo.

We will see next summer whether our club’s insistence on a £18m fee instead of straight swap for Gayle was the right option.’

‘Surprised it has taken Rondon this long to get going.

Newcastle fans and media lauding his performance, but Benitez just hasn’t trusted him.

Hoping he goes on a bit of a run now.

3 goals so far this season in mid November isn’t enough for us to recoup our outlay on him. Need him to hit a purple patch now.’

‘Don’t think it had much to do with Benitez not trusting him, he’s only just come back from 5 games out with injury.

A lack of fitness/match fitness was cited as well.

I’d be surprised if he manages more than 9 goals.’

‘I think a large part of us being able to get Gayle on a permanent will depend on how Rondon performs.

Can’t see Newcastle agreeing to sell Gayle if Rondon only scores say 4 goals all season as they will probably be looking elsewhere.

If Rondon does well, the likelihood of us getting Gayle increases.’

‘I generally don’t look any farther than next week, but if we are successful then my preference would be to have Gayle AND Rondon in the squad together for next season, although I understand that is highly unlikely under any circumstances.  

I had just mentioned to a colleague at work that Rondon would have loved playing in Moore’s team on Saturday (beat Leeds 4-1)! 

Playing under Tony Pulis he was usually up against 2 defenders battling the ball, and on the odd occasion he did win it, would look up and not have another player within 30 yards. 

Also, apart from getting to see him play in an attacking team, I would take him back as he all always seemed like a good team man and a nice fella to boot.’

‘Well we have a habit of holding on to players for too long so we need Rondon to do well or else we will get peanuts for him.

Gayle, we should be in for regardless of league we find ourselves in, and even if we don’t sell Rondon.

Ironically, how we played yesterday (beating Leeds 4-1) would suit Rondon as the focal point with pacey players off him.’

‘The saying ” feed the horse & he will score” in regards to Jeff Horsfield can be said about a lot of no 9s that includes Rondon.’

‘Hope he does well so that Newcastle keep him and we keep Gayle.

I know which one I would sooner have.’

If Rondon had  scored a few of the easy chances he had we might have stayed up.

Derided for being useless. Good luck to him at Newcastle. If he gets some goals we’ll find it easier to sell him in the summer.’

‘Stick a cross in and Rondon heads it in, who knew???

Well we did after his hat-trick against Swansea and yet we hardly did it again.’

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