Fans never understood why Rafa never played Aleksandar Mitrovic very often in the Newcastle side.
It seemed the striker could score goals, but there seemed other things missing from the talented Serbian International.
Enter Salomon Rondon this season and fans could immediately see how his play up front fits perfectly with the way Rafa wants Newcastle to play.
Newcastle play a lot on the counter-attack, and when we do have the ball, we have to keep it, as the forwards move into attacking positions.
Salmon does that so well, and besides, he can score goals and make them too.
Salomon has 11 goals this season in 32 games with 29 of them being starts.
Salomon Rondon scores!
And it’s the first time he’s got into double figures in Premier League goals with 10,
Rondon has praised manager Rafa Benitez in an interview with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo:
“I am very satisfied because the coach Rafa Benítez put a lot of confidence in me and I have tried to give the maximum to the team.”
“Having participated in so many goals has been important for the goals of the team and the personal ones, which were to be able to surpass what I had done before in the Premier League this season.”
“There is still one more day at Fulham on Sunday to try to have a good finish.”
“Then think about the Copa America with Venezuela this summer and wherever I am next season, continue to contribute work and goals.”
We really hope we can beat Fulham in our final game on Sunday, but it’s by no means a certainty.
They have won three of their last four games and their only defeat in that time was a 1-0 loss at Watford last Saturday.
9 points from four games for a relegated side is not at all bad, and maybe Caretaker Manager and maybe 38-year-old former Newcastle midfielder Scotty Parker will get the job permanently in the summer?
What do you think?