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Rondon Proving Himself A Top Professional At Newcastle

Salomon Rondon is fast becoming a huge favorite with Newcastle fans and of course, if he keeps scoring goals for us it will remain like that.

His goal direct from a free kick on Saturday showed Rondon has great technique and he seems to love playing for Newcastle.

But he’s like Alan Shearer in that he loves it a lot more when he scores for Newcastle.

Rondon also has a terrific temperament and great character and he seems inspired by the Newcastle fans when he plays both home and away.

Rafa has always said Rondon is a very good player and the Venezuelan seems to be following Rafa’s advice and concentrating only on his game while his future at Newcastle remains uncertain.

Salomon Rondon at Bournemouth on Saturday

That sometimes is difficult when your future is so uncertain, but credit to Rondon – he’s showing he’s a top-class professional.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today about his center-forward:

“He’s doing well for us, and he knows that the main thing he has to do is just to keep scoring goals and try to help the team.”

“Sometimes he can do that by scoring goals, sometimes it’s just by pressing the defenders, or holding the ball up, or linking with other players.”

“Things like that. I think he knows what we need from him, and he must keep doing that.”

The 29-year-old was born to play for Newcastle – so let’s hope we can keep him at the club for a few years yet.

Rondon says he and his young family are settled on Tyneside and one thing Mike Ashley has to do for Rafa this summer is to ensure Rondon is at Newcastle for the long term.

Salomon is the perfect center-forward for the team Rafa has built so far at Newcastle.

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85 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Bank hól here, good old St pat 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Éirinn go Brách

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Rondon will need a rest, I’m not over the moon that he’s away on intl duty again now, even though we are on the cusp of safety…but what can you do?
    Ki was on about retiring the other day..
    Hoping its with immediate effect and he isn’t going away. He’s just approaching a return to some kind of fitness after the last time he got crocked playing for his country.
    Better check..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Unfortunately due to the owners parsimonious ways and reluctance to back his manager, if a powerhouse and FA cup semi finalist like Brighton decide to replace the ageing Glenn Murray and offer WBA 20M and offer Salomon 80/100K pw, them I’m afraid it’s out of our hands.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    No doubt Mo Salah and Mane, will be also going away with their countries and they’re playing two massive games a week these days, it’s either him or the hos

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I suppose if that was to happen our benevolent owner could always make amends by splashing out 100M elsewhere and building Rafa his new complex.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Rondon, 2 friendlies ffs..!
    Just have to hope he doesn’t play 180mins then.
    Miguel 2 friendlies across the pond..
    And others like Dummett going. He’s usually on the bench mostly.
    Ki not going though, better.

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    When in 2007 Mike Ashley had his
    newly acquired fortune burning a hole in
    his pocket and was casting his eyes around various
    footy clubs , he was badly advised by his chums –
    the poison dwarf Wise and Slippery Jimenez.
    Bournemouth would actually have been perfect for him.

    Totteridge to the Vitality M25 and M3 2 hours easy drive.

    Undemanding small fan base quite delighted just to be
    in the Premier League

  • G

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if Rondon gets asked by the locals if it feels weird earning money thats actually worth anything?

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    One injury to rondon next season and we’re goosed. Without an understudy who is tall and powerful, our game changes unnecessarily. That’s why rafa might only get three signings in the summer. Any half decent reserve striker will cost 15mill+. That’s before we start buying better wingbacks or wingers.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib, very true.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    From NUFC.com


    Latest international selections for Magpies:

    Miguel Almiron (Paraguay):
    Fri 22.03.2019 Peru (n) FR New Jersey, USA.
    Tue 26.03.2019 Mexico (n) FR Santa Clara, USA.

    Christian Atsu (Ghana):
    Thu 21.03.2019 Kenya (h) AFCONQ Accra.

    Martin Dubravka (Slovakia):
    Thu 21.03.2019 Hungary (h) ECQ Trnava.
    Sun 24.03.2019 Wales (a) ECQ Cardiff.

    Paul Dummett (Wales):
    Wed 20.03.2019 Trinidad & Tobago (h) FR Wrexham.
    Sun 24.03.2019 Wales (h) ECQ Cardiff.

    Salomon Rondon (Venezuela)
    Sat 23.03.2019 Argentina (n) FR Madrid.
    Mon 25.03.2019 Catalonia (a) FR Girona.

    Mo Sangare (Liberia):
    Sun 24.03.2019 DR Congo (a) AFCONQ Kinshasa.
    Mon 26.03.2019 Ivory Coast (a) FR Bouake.

    Fabian Schar (Switzerland)
    Sat 23.03.2019 Georgia (a) ECQ Tbilisi.
    Tue 26.03.2019 Denmark (h) ECQ Basel.

    DeAndre Yedlin (USA)
    Thu 21.03.2019 Ecuador (h) FR Orlando, USA.
    Tue 26.03.2019 Chile (h) FR Houston, USA.

    Freddie Woodman (England U21):
    Thu 21.03.2019 Poland (h) FR Ashton Gate.
    Tue 26.03.2019 Germany (h) FR Bournemouth.

    Elias Sorensen (Denmark U20):
    Mon 25.03.2019 Romania (n) FR Marbella, Spain.

    Oisin McEntee (Ireland U19):
    Wed 20.03.2019 Romania (n) ECQ Krasnodar
    Sat 23.03.2019 Azerbaijan (n) ECQ Krasnodar
    Tue 26.03.2019 Russia (a) ECQ Krasnodar

    Injury robs Sean Longstaff a likely first call-up for England U21s, while Ciaran Clark (Ireland) and Yoshinori Muto (Japan) were both omitted.

  • Mag52

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Come on Jail. Mike’s not made of money you know.
    He’s still after Debenhams, he’s sniffing around L.K.Bennett (Kate Middleton’s clothes shop of choice). Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows on NUFC’s presence in the PL.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Rondon i sone of those strikers who can score all types of goals. Before the weekend, he’d already come very close with a couple of other free kicks from similar areas, but the one he hit at Bournemouth was just right.

    So, free kicks and strikes from outside the area, tap ins from the six yard box, instinctive strikes from inside the area with either foot and headers. They are all different skills and Rondon has them all, unlike a large number of other strikers who are more along the lines of one-trick ponies.

    Add to that his link-up / hold up play outside the area with his back to goal and you have the all-round striker Rafa wanted.

    The only weakness in my eyes is his lack of pace, but I’m not going to hold that against him when he has so much else in his favour.

    Excellent player, we should be snapping him up with no quibbles, then buying / developing a younger striker to learn from him and eventually replace him in a few years’s time.

    Elias Sorensen should be able to learn tons from him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    It would have been perfect for us had he bought Bournemouth but the 40M a year ish disparity in ticket sales and match day revenue, which obviously pales in to insignificance compared to tv money, might not have been perfect for him.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye that’s where I got @7 info from..
    Good site.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    So no Munster, It’s not very true.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Is Abramovich finally tiring of paying huge amounts to managers to sack them?
    Not sure how Sarri is still in his job..
    One embarrassment after another. If they don’t get top 4 surely he will get the bullet.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Also Bournemouth were in the third division at the time and would have taken years of careful investment to get his tat advertised for very little return, so he wasn’t badly advised at all and has in us a indefinite gold mine until he’s bled it dry.

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Fair point Jail
    The telly dosh wasn’t so phenomenal in 2008

  • Harley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Singing in the corner

    From the Ritchie article. So true, some fans just baffle me.

    On Hayden. There must be a reason that they’ve discussed but I don’t know why his girlfriend doesn’t move up here with him. That’s what usually happens. Are they not together? Seems bizarre. I have a girl works for me who’s boyfriend has been signed by Harlequins from Falcons and she’s off in May. I was under the impression that’s what girls knew they were signing up for when they got with a footballer/rugby player etc.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Doesn’t the baby need specialist treatment?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Even in 2019, 40M ish a year doesn’t pale in to insignificance the tv dosh. 40M a year is seriously significant.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Harley, I think Hayden’s child was born prematurely and, while it’s not in any danger, it is regularly supervised by a team of medics who know its case history and with whom Hayden and his partner are more comfortable.

    Yes, they would get a good standard of care from the Newcastle Hospitals but that rapport and case familiarity is something valuable which they would miss.

    I think the partner and child moving up is not a possibility, but Hayden staying beyond this season is not yet off the table, despite what he’s said. I think a sensible lad (which he is) should recognise that while being down South may be good for his personal life, being up here is good for his career.

    He’s probably got a very difficult set of decisions to make in the next few months. I don’t envy him at all (well, apart from his good looks, footballing ability, high wages, youth etc, but you get the point)

  • GS

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    What’s the point of all of these friendlies when there isn’t even a tournament in the summer. I am not counting the Nations League as that was a way to dress up friendlies as competitive games and was, admittedly, semi-successful at that. But to disrupt the season again for more kickabouts makes no sense. I am guessing it is FIFA wanting the cash. We need a few fake injuries and I would be really annoyed if I was a Man City or Liverpool fan.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Whether Rondon, Hayden or Diame stays really does pale in comparison to the big question hanging over this summer.

  • GS

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Robleenio: Hayden did an interview where he said his girlfriend did move to Newcastle but had a very difficult pregnancy and moved to Wales to be with her family at that time. I expect he will be offered a new contract after the way he has played. He was signed when we were in The Championship from Arsenal reserves so I am guessing any new deal would be for double or more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    It was 2007 when he first darkened our doors.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail #25, absolutely. And Rafa’s contract award will be a big pointer to those players who might / might not stay as to what the direction of their own futures should be.

    Hayden, Diame, Rondon, Dubs and Shelvey I would say would all be at increased risk of leaving if Rafa does not sign on.

    Others also, no doubt.

  • GS

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Actually, there aren’t any arduous flights for our players. Rondon in Spain will be like warm weather training and Almiron can catch up with a few of his mates in the US.

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #31

    Have I mentioned before that
    Pablo Picasso is my favourite
    artist ?


  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib, given your favourite artist is a surrealist, I wonder why you are always so annoyed by GeordieTwo and his oft-surreal meanderings on this blog?

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    The coiner of the word surreal
    Guillame Apollinaire is a bit of
    hero of mine too.

  • geordietom

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #34

    jib …

    dont start about Picasso lmao…

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #35

    A young Toon fan was held for approximately 20 hours by Dorset constabulary.
    He was released without charge because CCTV clearly showed a steward pulling
    him over a barrier and on to the pitch.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    I was just racking my brains trying to remember what I was doing on that Monday in March, 2005, then our lass confirmed it, we were in Mark’sies looking at the soup, the lentil was just next to the scotch broth.

  • martoon

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Just catching up with the blog reminds me of why I avoid posting in the evenings and at weekends!
    I mentioned this before but did anybody else think the MOTD editing of our game was a disgrace? Two key moments of the game completely omitted – the Yedlin penalty claim and the pass back at the end – not even shown or discussed.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Not a big fan of picasso or van Gogh.
    I like pictures that have some detail.
    Work that one out lesh.

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #39
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    martoon, you should come on in the evenings, generally through the week it’s a decent, civilised chat with less radgies, and the contributions from over the Pond from the likes of NY Mag and Chico are always canny.

    MoTD coverage was really poor – essentially just goal highlights. I think the first thing shown was the Bournemouth shot which hit the outside of the post, second was the Almiron run which led to Rondon’s free kick. Seeing as that came in 1st half injury time, they missed a full half of football, during which, presumably, nothing of note happened. Obviously I know that’s not the case.



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