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Jamie Vardy provides the answer for Salomon Rondon at Newcastle United

1 week ago
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Salomon Rondon’s future is up in the air but Jamie Vardy has the answers.

The Newcastle striker both man of the match against Fulham and player of the season, yet no sign so far that Mike Ashley has any interest in trying to retain the loan striker.

Out of 42 goals in the Premier League, Rondon has been involved in 18 of them, scoring 11 and seven assists.

Why would any club owner not make any effort to tie down a much decorated manager and the team’s star player…?

Two of The Mag’s favourite people sum up the situation: Manager Rafa Benitez and NUFC fan and stats/integrity guru, Chris Holt…

Rafa Benitez asked about Salomon Rondon’s future after the player of the season scored in a man of the match performance against Fulham:

“His 10 goals was his best  mark in the Premier League and then today another one.

“He is really happy and a key player for us.

“The way that he was playing for us…linking with other players and scoring goals…

“I think he has been a very important player for us.

“Something everyone can see, everyone can see it, because he was made player of the year.

“I think he wants to stay.

“The problem is, because he was so good, the more people have been watching him, so we have to wait.”

Chris Holt via Twitter:

“June 2016. Arsenal offer £22m for Jamie Vardy. He’s 29.

“Leicester keep him with a 4 year deal > £80,000/week

“This is how much quality forwards were valued outside of the top 6, even when ageing.

“That was two TV deals ago. Their value is only higher today.”

Rafa Benitez indicates the obvious, you need to act fast to secure signings, especially loan ones who have done the business already for you. Meaning you aren’t stepping into the unknown.

There has been absolutely nothing to stop Newcastle United/Mike Ashley approaching both Rondon and West Brom whilst he was still playing out his loan spell.

Indeed, at the start of March 2019, Salomon Rondon went public, saying he’d had meetings with the club and made clear what needed to be agreed to if he was to be at Newcastle United beyond this season.

Chris Holt cuts to the real chase though.

Top strikers who can do it in the Premier League are a priceless commodity.

The first 10 games were pretty much a write off this season for Rondon as he’d had next to no pre-season, nothing at all with Newcastle, arrived unfit and then had injury issues. So to score 11 goals in these last 28 games and almost all of his seven assists, leaves you wondering just what he could be capable of next season, especially if Rafa Benitez recruits better support players to add to Almiron’s impact since he arrived.

However, Salomon Rondon is 29 and would cost £16.5m (or more if West Brom are promoted – around a £20m release clause if in the PL, according to reports), as well as becoming Newcastle’s top wage earner at modern day rates. Certainly the best part of £100,000 a week. Bear in mind Michael Owen was on £110,000 a week at NUFC back in 2005 and Mark Viduka £100,000 a week when Allardyce/Ashley signed him in 2007 on a ‘free’ transfer.

Chris Holt makes the perfect comparison, comparing Rondon with Jamie Vardy.

Vardy is more of an out and out goalscorer, whereas Rondon is more of an all round team player. However, I would say both of them are equally valuable to a team.

Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals and got six assists, as Leicester won the Premier League in 2015/16.

Little wonder Arsenal were prepared to pay £22m for Jamie Vardy, even though he was 29 at the time.

Leicester responded by doing what it took to keep him at the club and just look at what he has done since.

The past three seasons have seen Jamie Vardy in the Premier League get 13 goals and five assists in 2016/17, 20 and one assist in 2017/18, then 18 goals and four assists this season.

Since Leicester acted to keep Jamie Vardy back in 2016, paying the wages and convincing him of the club’s ambition, he has started 100 PL games and had six sub appearances, scoring 51 goals and getting 10 assists.

These past two seasons, only Salah, Kane and Aguero scored more PL goals in 2017/18, then only Salah, Aubameyang, Mane and Aguero have scored more this time.

For a non-top six side to have a striker doing this is phenomenal.

Jamie Vardy is now 32. Why would any club not want him now, regardless of age.

To really force the point home, why you need to do everything you can to keep players you know you can rely on, just look at Leicester’s attempts to add extra firepower to Jamie Vardy.

They have spent £70m on three strikers, £27m on Slimani in 2016, £18m on Ahmed Musa also in 2016, then £25m on Kelechi Iheanacho in 2017.

Between the three of them, they have scored a grand total of 14 Premier League goals so far, roughly £5m per goal just on transfer fees. Puts into real perspective the 51 (FIFTY ONE) PL goals that Vardy has scored in the same timeframe.

Salomon Rondon is 29, what could he achieve at Newcastle United in these next three seasons before he turns 32?

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