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Acceptance now that Salomon Rondon was ‘Pulised’

3 months ago
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There has been a dawning realisation this past season for West Brom fans, that Salomon Rondon might have been a bit of a better striker than they realised when he was playing for them.

Goalscoring figures of nine, eight and seven aren’t great for a centre-forward in the Premier League but Baggies fans did generally recognise his overall play which helped the team.

West Brom have announced that they can’t afford to try and keep Dwight Gayle next season on ‘Premier League’ level wages and Salomon Rondon is the same.

Plus they need to sell the Venezuelan striker anyway, to provide funds for Championship squad building.

The change of view this past season has been summed up perfectly by West Brom writer Graeme Brown for Birmingham Live, he has admitted: ‘I think the way he (Salomon Rondon) is viewed (by West Brom fans has changed after this season. Previously, we would have said he was a big striker who justifies a spot for occupying defenders with strength and pace – but little goalscoring ability. However, I think history will probably say he was just Pulised.’

Newcastle fans have talked many a time about NUFC players who were ‘Pardewed’ and Salomon Rondon had that misfortune as well at the Hawthorns. Playing most of his time there under Tony Pulis, only for him to leave and be replaced by Alan Pardew – who had a disastrous one Premier League victory in over four months with West Brom.

Salomon Rondon actually scored 58 goals in 111 league starts in his last five seasons in La Liga and the Russian top tier, before joining West Brom.

Under Tony Pulis and friends he only managed 24 goals in 94 Premier League starts.

As the Rafa Benitez new contract situation drags on to ridiculous lengths, Newcastle fans know the value of a good manager.

This is further emphasised when looking at Salomon Rondon who this past season was directly involved in 18 of Newcastle’s 42 Premier League goals, seven more than any West Brom season :

2015/16; 9 goals and 2 assists

2016/17; 8 goals and 2 assists

2017/18; 7 goals and 3 assists

2018/19: 11 goals and 7 assists

The goalscoring stats are actually a lot better when you consider Salomon Rondon arrived at Newcastle with no proper pre-season and took a while to get fully fit, as well as an injury intervening. His final 26 PL starts for Newcastle produced 11 goals last season, suggesting that if fully fit and prepared from the kick-off, every reason to think he could have got around 15 last season in the league.

The futures of both Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon should have been sorted some time ago, Newcastle fans still waiting…

Graeme Brown talking to Birmingham Live:

“I think the way he (Salomon Rondon) is viewed has changed after this season.

“Previously, we would have said he was a big striker who justifies a spot for occupying defenders with strength and pace – but little goalscoring ability.

“However, I think history will probably say he was just Pulised.

“He has seen a return to a decent goalscoring knack at Newcastle this season, while continuing with his other admirable Albion traits.

“I think had we been more fortunate against Villa, and were looking forward to a Premier League return, Albion fans would be looking forward to seeing him back.

“However, now what we really see him as is a big pay day.

“If we can get £16.5million in for him, we can hopefully get someone in to replace Dwight Gayle’s goals.”

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