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Sky Sports pick out Newcastle star as Premier League signing of the season

3 years ago

Sky Sports have been reviewing the Premier League season just ended.

The broadcaster going through various categories.

Such as manager of the season, best goal, best save, best match and so on.

One of the debates is Premier League signing of the season.

Amongst the names thrown up, were Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, Leicester’s James Maddison and Liverpool’s Fabinho & Alisson.

However, ranked above all of those is a Newcastle United signing.

Step forward, Salomon Rondon!

In 2003/04, Alan Shearer was directly involved (goals and assists) in 50% of Newcastle’s goals.

Salomon Rondon has this season being the closest in these next 15 years to matching that, getting 11 goals and seven assists, which represents 44% of Newcastle’s 42 Premier League goals.

Interesting to look at the other candidates put up (see below) – Alisson (£56m), Leno (£23m), Kepa (£72m), Maddison (£25m), Fabinho (£41m), Digne (£18m), Jimenez (£30m).

Look at all the transfer fees paid for the other candidates, Jimenez was on loan but Wolves made that permanent for £30m some six weeks ago. Getting things done as quickly as possible to plan for next season and beyond….what a crazy idea.

Meanwhile, Salomon Rondon can be bought for less (£16.5m) less than any of those above and yet Mike Ashley has so far refused to allow Newcastle to make any move.

You most definitely couldn’t make it up.

Sky Sports report:

‘Signing of the season

Goalkeepers Alisson, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Bernd Leno have all been good additions, so have Raul Jimenez, Lucas Torreira, Lucas Digne, James Maddison and Fabinho.

However, would Newcastle have stayed up without Salomon Rondon?

The striker, who is on loan from West Brom, has provided a crucial focal point for Newcastle’s attack and has also scored 11 Premier League goals and provided seven assists.’


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