Salomon Rondon had quite an impact in his lone season at Newcastle. He quickly became a fan darling through his hard work and engaging nature.
The 30-year-old made 33 appearances last season, scoring 12 goals while adding 7 assists. It was enough to earn him the player of the season.
George Caulkin interviewed our former number nine for the Athletic. During the extensive interview, Rondon expressed several times how much he enjoyed his time on Tyneside.
This is what he said about playing in front of the Newcastle fans:
“Sometimes it’s like they celebrate tackles more than goals. The fans push you.
“If the ball is flying towards the line, you have to run, try to take it and play. That’s my nature.
“Everything for me there was really fantastic. I just felt, ‘this is my place’.”
Rondon certainly gave his all when on the pitch for Newcastle. He recounted what he was told by another former striker when first joining Newcastle:
“When I first arrived, I received a message from Tino Asprilla.
“He said, ‘Maybe you’ll score or maybe you won’t. If you score, that’s good, because a striker lives for goals, but if not, my friend … run, tackle, fight.’ That’s what I did. That’s the reason I loved it so much.”
Rondon played his target man role to perfection last season. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for him to come back.
Rondon has fond memories of his time with Newcastle and even calls it the best year of his career:
“To be honest, last season was the best I’ve ever had.
“Not just because I scored goals, but because everything around me was so right, from the school of my children, to the city, the people, my family being happy.
“I was working really hard in every training session to be in the team and I did everything properly for that. I was playing. Everything was perfect.”
Last season, it all came together for Salomon, who had struggled to score goals in the Premier League for West Brom. Many fans have great memories of the Venezuelan in the black and white stripes.
After this article was published, Salomon sent out the following tweet to George Caulkin expressing the same sentiment.
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) February 20, 2020
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