I honestly don’t know what this bloke’s problem is – and have no idea how he’s getting jobs in punditry (although talkSPORT do like to employ clueless idiots).
First we had him slating Miguel Almiron’s arrival because ‘no one had heard of him’, then he suggested Perez had done nothing for Newcastle aside from the past 6 months, and now he reckons Rondon hasn’t done enough last season – despite being our player of the season after bagging 12 goals and 7 assists.
Here’s what he’s had to say to Football Insider about the Venezuelan:
“He’s done an okay job. I’m not convinced he is the most outstanding striker for that type of level.
“Are there better strikers Newcastle can get across Europe within their budget? Probably, yes. They might have a ‘plan A’ striker target this summer and Rondon might be the ‘plan B’.
“You have to play a certain way to get the best out out of Rondon. He offers something, but I’m not sure he offers what you really need in the Premier League to play a technical-based game.”
Don’t get me wrong, if we were two years into a big takeover and seriously planning to break the top 6, Rondon may not seem prolific enough, but for Mills to suggest he’s been ‘unconvincing’ this season is just ridiculous.
Without him, we could well have been relegated last season. He’s not only enjoyed his best goalscoring season, but he’s fitted into Rafa’s system perfectly – making his final few comments all the more strange.
Not only has he been involved in as many goals as any other Newcastle striker since Alan Shearer, matching Demba Ba, he’s the first striker since Big Al to be handed our player of the season award. And that’s only scratching the surface with him.
His hold up play, work rate, physical presence and ability to link up with the likes of Perez and Almiron has also been hugely impressive, showing he does much more than just stick the ball in the back of the net.
Moronic claims from Mills, a pundit who appears either totally ill-informed or someone with a strange agenda against all things NUFC.