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Salomon Rondon £50m valuation is a ‘little’ over the top

2 years ago
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Is Salomon Rondon the best Premier League signing of the season?

Is he worth £38m or even £50m?

Is the Newcastle loan striker a Champions League player?

These are all claims made by Tony Cascarino in The Times on Monday morning.

I love as much as the rest of you when Newcastle United players get praise but are any/all of these a ‘little’ over the top?

Starting with the last one first.

Well, Salomon Rondon is already a Champions League player. Back in 2013/14 and 2014/15 he played for Russian side Zenit in the top European competition.

Making nine starts and three sub appearances, he scored four goals.

In addition, Rondon has also made 26 appearances in the Europa League, those 22 starts and 4 sub appearances produced 14 goals.

All of those stats point to the Venezuelan striker being able to hold his own on the European stage and certainly his performances in often difficult/isolated circumstances against top PL teams such as Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea, point to him being able to compete in any competition. Especially if given the right level of support/service.

Is Salomon Rondon the best Premier League signing this season…it would get my vote.

He has scored nine goals in his last 19 Premier League starts and with five assists, it means he’s been directly involved in 14 of NUFC’s 31 PL goals this season.

As for being worth £38m or even £50m, I’m not convinced.

We have seen plenty of headlines in the past claiming massive offers from Chinese clubs for Premier League players but rarely have these claimed transfer moves come true.

If West Brom had truly been offered £38m would they have turned it down for Salomon Rondon? There have only ever been three players (Oscar, Hulk, Teixeira) bought (as per Transfermarkt) by Chinese clubs for £38m or more and these were back in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The Chinese government having actually since cracked down on their football clubs spending so much abroad on overseas players.

As for £50m, that is overegging things for a player who turns 30 in September, as only one year left on his contract, plus has still to manage 10 Premier League goals in a season.

Having said all that, it should be simple common sense for Newcastle to buy him at the end of the season as Rondon has been excellent.

It is previously reported that if West Brom don’t get promotion then the striker has a £16.5m selling clause, this would be a no-brainer
for anybody apart from Mike Ashley apparently.

Salomon Rondon himself having said in a recent interview that he is desperate to stay and has told Newcastle United/Mike Ashley what needs to happen if he is to be here next season.

Tony Cascarino writing in The Times:

Salomon Rondon the best signing of year

“In January last year, Alan Pardew persuaded West Bromwich Albion to turn down £38 million from China for Salomon Rondon.

“If he keeps playing like this, he could be a £50 million striker.

“There hasn’t been a better signing this season, but he is only on loan at Newcastle.

“If they can make it permanent, they should, because he can be a Champions League player.”

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