Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark has been interviewed in the Star today, and he talks about Salomon Rondon and how important it is for Newcastle to tie down the Venezuelan striker permanently at Newcastle.
The fans have seen just how good this man is – and he has scored 10 goals for Newcastle.
That’s after getting off to a poor start on Tyneside – mainly due to some niggling injuries and getting a late start to the preseason.
He was also signed late in the summer as Lee Charnley and company dithered about paying out the over £16M West Brom wanted for him in a permanent deal.
Salomon Rondon after scoring at Watford
He finally came in as part of a season-long loan deal with Dwight Gayle going the other way.
This is what Lee said in the Star today:
“I was fortunate enough to play with Les Ferdinand and Rondon reminds me of him.”
“They’re both swashbuckling center forwards, who hold the ball up well and provide a focal point for their team-mates.”
“It is vital for a club like Newcastle with its proud history of No.9s that they have someone who can fill the shirt.”
“Rondon, like Ferdinand, does that. Some strikers can’t handle the pressure of being the main man.”
“If Rafa isn’t allowed to sign Rondon outright, I dread to think what will happen.”
“Newcastle would be back to square one.”
“Is £16m a lot of money for a player of his age? In today’s market, it’s nothing.”
“Good strikers are like gold dust and Rondon’s already proved to be a big success at Newcastle.”
It’s this type of thriftiness that frustrates Rafa with Ashley more worried about spending too much money than having a good side on the field.
Ashley will have to get Rondon to play for Newcastle long-term in the summer.
If he doesn’t do that, then it could be one strike against him for his efforts to keep Rafa as the Newcastle manager.