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Fact there’s any doubt Salomon Rondon will be bought shows how wrecked club is under Mike Ashley

4 months ago
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Salomon Rondon could lead Newcastle United to Premier League safety, finish top goal scorer, be NUFC player of the year, yet the Magpies could well not even put in any bid to buy him this summer.

How mad is that?

Well sadly it is all too likely/believable in this Mike Ashley nightmare we all live in.

A bit like giving Rafa Benitez the backing that will convince him to sign a new contract.

How can it make any sense not to pay West Brom’s asking price for Salomon Rondon?

The two issues are of course intrinsically linked.

The biggest sticking points for Rafa are the amount of money he will be allowed to spend on new players and having the freedom as to who he would sign with that money.

Mike Ashley wants to limit signings to younger players who will hopefully increase in value after signing.

Rafa Benitez wants to sign the best possible players for now and/or the future.

Thinking it makes good ‘business sense’ not to buy Salomon Rondon because he will turn 30 in September, is the same kind of nonsense as when Freddy Shepherd and John Hall through it made perfect business sense to sell  30 year old Les Ferdinand for £6m to Tottenham.

This is Les Ferdinand who had scored 50 goals in his two seasons at St James Park, helping the club to finish runners up in the Premier League both seasons, as well as qualifying for the Champions League.

The net result saw Newcastle drop to 13th the following season and get knocked out in the Champions League group stage before they’d even finished their group matches.

The club ending up wasting that £6m (and a lot lot more) anyway on strikers such as Tomasson, Rush, Andersson and Guivarc’h who weren’t fit to lace Les Ferdinand’s boots (well Ian Rush could maybe have done ok if he hadn’t been 103 when we bought him…).

Salomon Rondon is no Les Ferdinand but he is a very good striker.

He might not score loads of goals but he will score a decent amount and then when you add his other assets to the team, he has been an excellent loan signing who should now automatically be bought in the summer.

Newcastle have picked up nine wins, five draws and eight defeats in the 22 PL games Rondon has started, in the eight where he didn’t start they have picked up only two points.

Newcastle have scored 29 PL goals so far and Salomon Rondon has scored eight with five assists, directly involved  in almost half the goals. He has played a total of 1,889 PL minutes this season, which on average means he has every 145 minutes scored or assisted a goal.

Indeed, when it comes to goals, once Rafagot his squad a bit more up to speed the Rondon goalscoring figures look even better, in his last 18 starts he has scored eight goals, almost one every other game.

The idea that paying £15m+ would be a bad idea financially, is just plain daft.

It makes sense both footballing-wise and financially.

If Newcastle pay £15m+ for Salomon Rondon then they are pretty much guaranteed a striker who will do a good job, or better, these next three years as a minimum.

If Newcastle instead pay £15m+ for a striker who is young and yet to prove himself in the Premier League…

Experience and common sense tells us that there is a less than 50% chance of success, probably far lower, with the same kind of chance of him increasing in value as well.

Rafa Benitez has now got an attacking plan that looks to have a good chance of doing well, with Rondon key to that, supported by the likes of Almiron and Perez.

Why would you not as a bare minimum back your manager to keep such a key player as Salomon Rondon?

Look at the far bigger financial picture.

Deloitte revealed in January that last season (2017/18) Newcastle had one of the biggest 20 revenues in World football:

Total turnover: £178.5m

Commercial Revenue: £28.2m

Matchday Revenue: £23.9m

Broadcast Revenue: £126.4m

Even at that current rate (almost certainly going up if Newcastle stay in the Premier League), if Salomon Rondon could help ensure NUFC are in the Premier League at a minimum, that would help to ensure revenues of getting on for £600m in three subsequent Premier League seasons.

In the past eight NUFC Premier League seasons, Mike Ashley has been responsible for two relegations through his disastrous running of the club, much of that due to poor decisions regarding transfer budgets and selection of signings, aided by the likes of Dennis Wise and Graham Carr.

Time to let Rafa Benitez loose, a manager who has won the Champions League, La Liga (twice), Europa League (twice).

What could he achieve at Newcastle United if backed and allowed to get on with the job?

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