Player of the season Salomon Rondon left in limbo on Newcastle future “We will see what happens…”
It was fitting that Salomon Rondon signed off Newcastle United’s season.
Yet another man of the match performance, topped off by the Venezuelan striker scoring Newcastle’s fourth goal.
As usual, another selfless display from the number nine.
It means Salomon Rondon has been directly involved in 18 of Newcastle’s 42 Premier League goals this season, seven more than any previous
season for the striker/Salomon Rondon Premier League record:
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 number nine declaring once again; ‘I’m really happy to play for Newcastle United’ but the reality is that under Mike Ashley there are no obvious decisions that you can be sure will happen.
Rondon saying: ‘I scored goals, I assisted the team, so I think I did my job – we have to wait and we will see what happens (about a permanent move).’
Obviously, both his and Rafa’s futures should have been sorted a long long time ago but instead we all finish the season in limbo.
A great day for manager, players and fans but as for who will be here next season, the jury is still very much out.
Salomon Rondon talking to official site:
“It (winning 4-0 at Fulham on final day of the season) is amazing for us and for the Newcastle supporters.
“We are happy to have finished like that.
“This is the reason that you have to keep going, to work hard, and finish like we finished today, that is what we had to do.
“For me, as a striker, I’m always happy when I score, and scoring goals is the only thing in my mind.
“I’m here, I’m really happy.
“I scored 11 goals (in the Premier League for Newcastle), 12 for the season, so I’m really happy.
“I did my job and this is the reason the gaffer brought me here. To help the team, I did, and we will have to wait (and see if I am here next season)
“The supporters singing my name…that was a special moment for me, because I tried to do my job. To work really hard and help the team all the time.
“I scored goals, I assisted the team, so I think I did my job – we have to wait and we will see what happens (about a permanent move)
“You have to enjoy it.
“The feedback between the supporters and the players is special, because they recognise my job, I’m really happy to play for Newcastle United.
“To be here with my teammates, with the club, so we will see what happens.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Fulham 0 Newcastle 4
Shelvey 9, Perez 11, Schar 61, Rondon 90
Possession was Fulham 68% Newcastle 32%
Total shots were Fulham 16 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Fulham 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Fulham 5 Newcastle 5
Referee: Kevin Friend
Dubravka, Hayden, (Fernandez 69), Lascelles, Schar, Dummett (Kenedy 81), Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu (Muto 66), Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Watts, Cass, Clark
Crowd: 24,979 (2,700 official NUFC and many more in neutral and home areas)
(Alan Shearer salutes, Rafa, team and fans HERE)
(Rafa Benitez spoke to Mike Ashley after final whistle – HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(Match of the Day Running Order announced HERE)
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