The former Bournemouth winger – who grabbed a 93rd minute equaliser over the weekend – also singled out Miguel Almiron for praise; a player he’s backing to be a big fan favourite.
Firstly, here’s what he’s had to say about Rondon during an appearance on talkSPORT this week:
“He’s been fantastic for us,”
“He’s a great character. His goals are priceless.
“He has been fantastic since the day he walked through the door. He has given us a target to hit and gets us up the pitch.”
He really has been priceless, with his 10 goals and 5 assists seeing him play a big part in just shy of 50% of our goals this season – and this doesn’t even cover his hold up play, his character on and off the pitch and his constant battling and brilliant movement up top.
Ritchie then said the following when asked about Miguel Almiron, with him insisting that he’ll soon become a ‘fan favourite’ on Tyneside:
“He’s a threat and something we haven’t really had. He likes to run with the ball, run behind and he’s going to be a fan favourite that’s for sure.”
We’ve seen Almiron’s pace, energy and brilliant movement so far, but a stat emerged over the weekend revealing that he’s created more chances than any other Premier League player since he arrived in England.
Rondon has been a revelation and Almiron looks to be the missing part of the jigsaw up top, with both also helping get the best out of Ayoze Perez.
With us finally starting to build a cohesive and dynamic attack, let’s pray Rafa remains and Rondon is signed permanently.