Surprise Rondon stat emerges – Proof that the West Brom striker will do better than some think?

Following his debut on Saturday, an interesting fact has emerged on NUFC new boy Salomon Rondon – he has only actually failed to get into double figures ONCE in the last 8 seasons.

Are we saying he’s suddenly prolific? No. But looking at his goal record both in England, in Russia and during a spell in La Liga with Malaga, it seems he doesn’t struggle to find the net quite as much as people think:

  • 2017/18 – 10 goals (WBA)
  • 2016/17 – 8 goals (WBA)
  • 2015/16 – 10 goals (WBA)
  • 2014/15 – 20 goals (Zenit)
  • 2013/14 – 20 goals (Zenit)
  • 2012/13 – 13 goals (Rubin Kazan)
  • 2011/12 – 11 goals (Malaga)
  • 2010/11 – 16 goals (Malaga)

His worst season in the last 8 years is better than our striker’s best last season (Gayle 6), highlighting that he IS mostly definitely improvement on the current crop.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s yet to show he’s prolific and did miss a few too many chances at West Brom, but I think this does show that he will be an upgrade on our current options – whether you rate him or not.

Is it prolific? No. But he was playing under some very poor managers at West Brom, with quite a few Baggies fans I’ve spoken to saying it was a thankless task for him most of the time. 27 goals in two seasons in La Liga is decent, he’s been prolific in Russia and I feel he’s got much more to give in the Premier League – especially when given service, played in a team that suits him and under a world class manager like Rafa Benitez (not Pulis or Pardew!).

I don’t see him being a world beater, but I back him to get into double figures, fit into Rafa’s system very well, be a handful and a real hard worker who fans will grow to love.

Rafa’s clearly happy to have got his man and he’ll certainly do for me!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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