Salomon Rondon is our Player of the Season for the Premier League season 2018-2019, and it’s the first time on the blog that a player on loan for the season at Newcastle has won the award.
Salmon was signed late in the summer becasue Ashley dragged his feet and West Brom wanted Dwight Gayle in a loan exchange.
And so when he arrived, he wasn’t really match-fit and picked up some niggling injuries at the start, but once he started to play regularly everybody could see why Rafa Benitez wanted this man.
He scored 11 PL goals for Newcastle and 12 in total (2 headers, 6 with his right foot, 4 with his left foot) and is one goal behind Ayoze Perez in the goalscoring charts.
Salomon Rondon – our Player of the Season for 2018-2019
But he also had 7 assists so had a hand in 19 of Newcastle’s goals this season.
Sign him up!!
He’s a bargain at just £16.5M.
Second in the voting was Fabian Scher who had a terrific first season on Tyneside, and for just £3M the Swiss International was one of Rafa’s best buys last summer – he’s also third top goalscorer with 4 goals.
Fabian got 25% of the vote and then in 3rd place is Ayoze Perez with 15% of the vote.
The Spanish U21 International scored 13 goals for us this season, 12 in the Premier League – and it was Ayoze’s best season ever at Newcastle since he signed for us for €2M from Tenerife back in 2014.
Rafa has made him into some player.
It was a successful season for Newcastle in that we survived in the Premier League, but Mike Ashley will have to raise his standards from now on and support manager Rafa Benitez with significant transfer funds.
The first thing Ashley has to do is sign Rafa up to at least three more years – and he has to do that quickly – like this week!
Here are our the top 9 finishers in the poll – other players in the poll had 0% and have been deleted.
Here are the Players of the Season on our blog over the last 12 years – it’s been a long time.
|Season||Player||% of Vote|
|2018-2019||Salomon Rondon (loan)||35.0|
And here are the goalscorers for last season.