Tony Cascarino believes Salomon Rondon is a “£50m striker’ on current form – claiming he’s been the ‘signing of the season’ and could be a Champions League player.
Following his stunning free-kick in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, the big Venezuelan’s tally is now up to 10 goals and 5 assists for the season – however no amount of stats will do the role he plays in our team justice.
The following comments from Cascarino may seem a little far fetched, but they perhaps just emphasise what an outstanding job Rondon has done for us this season:
“If he keeps playing like this, he could be a £50million striker.”
“There hasn’t been a better signing this season, but he is only on loan at Newcastle.
“If they can make it permanent, they should because he can be a Champions League player.”
He really has been a revelation this season. Many fans weren’t sure he was the answer when we saw him replace the outgoing Aleksandar Mitrovic last summer, but he’s worked an absolute treat in Benitez’s system.
An impressive tally of 10 goals and 5 assists in 26 appearances is one thing, but his hold up play, his ability to bring the best out of others, his work rate, power, movement and fight really have combined to make him look the full package – and a player well worthy of that number 9 shirt.
As highlighted below by the Express & Star’s Matt Wilson, his £16.5m release clause looks certain to be activated this summer if West Brom don’t earn promotion – emphasising the importance for us to get in quick and get this deal sorted; not that it’s Ashley/Charnley’s style to do so: