One of the challenges Mike Ashley will face to keep Rafa Benitez at the club is to somehow work out how we can get Salomon Rondon at the club for next season.
The Venezuelan has had a terrific season for us with 8 total goals – 7 of those in the Premier League – and he has looked some player for Newcastle United this season.
West Brom want £16M for him, but it would be waste to pay that for a player who will become a free agent next summer, and who is very unlikely to agree to a new deal to stay with West Brom.
But that could be one of the big challenges for Ashley to keep Rafa – maybe we can buy out his contract at West Brom?
Salomon Rondon – after scoring on Saturday – YES!!!
Miguel Almiron looks pretty happy too!
This is some of what Rondon has said as published in the Shields Gazette today:
“If it is possible then, of course, I would want to stay,”
“At this stage, nobody knows what’s going to happen. It’s not completely in my hands, but I love the supporters and I love living in the city. My family are very happy here.”
“But you never know what will happen. While I’m here, all I can do is try my best. It is an honor to be here and to play for this club”
“I feel the love of the fans, and that’s important to me. “When I came off against Huddersfield, it felt like everybody in the stadium were on their feet and that was so emotional, not just for me but for my family, too.”
“I hope they can see that I’m always trying to do my best, but being here is just such a huge privilege for me and those close to me.”
“It’s a massive honor for me to wear this shirt because you’re talking about the famous No 9 shirt,”
“When you talk about all the famous strikers who have been at this club, from Alan Shearer to all the others.”
“It’s a big thing, but I love that pressure of following in their footsteps, of following all that history.”
“You want to do justice to that shirt by scoring goals and playing well, and when you’re not scoring goals it’s important to stay strong and do your best.”
It will be tragic if for some reason we cannot get Salomon on the books for next season.
Rondon has a good three or four years left in him at the top level and he’s proved he is an excellent player under Rafa Benitez and knows he’s now a much better player than when he first arrived at Newcastle.
He’s also a lot fitter now.
What do you think?