After a strong start to life in China, former Newcastle United duo Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon have endured a difficult few months at Dalian Yifang.
Despite the Spaniard winning 5, drawing 2 and losing just once in his opening 8 games for the club, they’ve been on a wretched run since August.
They’ve been knocked out the cup and have registered just one win since early August, losing 5 of their last 7 in all competitions and slumping to 9th in the Chinese Super League.
The team’s struggles has also coincided in a loss of form for Salomon Rondon.
The Venezuelan – who plays alongside Marek Hamsik and Yannick Carrasco – started off superbly, bagging 3 goals and 2 assists in his opening 4 games, however the former NUFC loanee has failed to find the net since August – and even found himself benched by Rafa Benitez as a result last month.
I’d take both back at Newcastle United in a heartbeat, but it seems both are have work to do in China after a brilliant early start has quickly unravelled for the former NUFC duo.