West Brom fans have been confident that they got the better of the loan swap deal this summer.
Dwight Gayle having scored eight Championship goals plus winning a handful of penalties, helping take his team to the top of the table.
However, they have faltered with only one point from the last four games, Gayle having missed the last two with a knock, though he could be back for this Saturday’s key home match against Leeds.
West Brom fans have seen their team drop to seventh, whilst at the same time Salomon Rondon was helping Newcastle to their first victory of the season, United climbing out of the relegation zone at last on Saturday.
He played his part in the win but looked nowhere near match fit, though the player said he has had no reaction to the injury despite having to play the full 90 minutes, due to Rafa having to make three enforced substitutions. Hopefully we will see Rondon able to make a bigger contribution when Bournemouth visit on Saturday.
Nobody can confidently predict where either loan player will be playing next season, especially with no idea of what division the two clubs will be in.
However, fair to say West Brom fans might not be that impressed with Salomon Rondon’s latest interview.
Despite playing three seasons for the Baggies and having only started two home games for Newcastle, Rondon is happy to declare that St James Park has the best atmosphere he has ever played in.
Newcastle fans can still create a great atmosphere but if we are honest, it doesn’t happen very often these days.
The lack of investment in quality players and the style of football hardly helps.
On Saturday we were reminded of just how bad it can get, the first hour played in almost total silence.
Then the last half hour did go some way towards reminding us that it can still be decent. Not brilliant but it was pretty reasonable as at last Newcastle took the lead in a home match and the crowd had something to cling onto, plus the fans responded to the efforts of the team as they desperately defended the lead.
Salomon Rondon speaking to The Chronicle:
“It has been frustrating (missing games) and of course I want to bring goals to these fans, that is why I am here.
“That is my aim, it is my job.
“The first thing is to help my team win games and the most important (are those) at home you have to win. After that my target is to get goals. I know what my job is.
“The crowd uplifted me (against Watford), when you are playing it is an unbelievable feeling to hear the Geordies singing for you.
“The atmosphere is amazing…it helped us keep fighting and get three points.
“The atmosphere is the best I have experienced in my career.
“When I came here with West Brom I could not believe it, to hear them singing the whole game and supporting the team, I just thought: ‘Wow, that’s fantastic’.
“If we put the same effort in, maybe more, against Bournemouth – we know that they have done very well this season, but we are at home and we will have to fight to keep us where we need to be.
“It is always difficult to come back from injury and play a full 90 minutes like that but yeah, everything is OK.
“Physically, everything is tough when you come back from an injury but I have to keep working, I just try to help the team.
“I will keep putting in the effort and as a team, we will keep fighting, it is the only way to stay up.
“Now we need to keep on winning games, and the most important is adding to the six points we now have.
“The most important thing was being part of a team that won the first game of the season, three points in our pocket and that is the vital thing for me.
“Also, the team played really, really well, we were very compact and played together as a unit, which was so important.”