West Brom may have a job on their hands convincing the Venezuelan to stay at the club over the off season, particularly if they don’t go up. It has been reported previously that he has a £16.5m clause should the Midlands side stay in the Championship but would cost more if they were to gain promotion.
It’s something that would a hugely interesting proposition for a club like Everton who have had their issues with finding someone good enough to lead the line throughout the current campaign.
The player is on loan at Newcastle for the time being and has previously hinted that he would be happy to remain with the club beyond this season.
However, it isn’t clear whether the Magpies have a desire to keep him or even have the will to pay for the 6 ft 1 robust forward.
From the outside, keeping a player like Rondon at West Brom seems a good idea, especially if they were to go up. He has nine goals this season and has thrived under Rafa Benitez.
But at the Hawthorns last season, he struggled with the system, only scoring seven across the entire campaign. After being relegated with the club already, it’s time for West Brom to sell the player and move into a new era.
Rondon’s stock is arguably higher than ever, which as a consequence would mean there is no better time to ditch him than in the summer. At 29, he isn’t getting any younger and if they are to recoup any of the £12m fee they paid for him they need to show him the exit door.
Using the money they could bring in from the sale, they’d be able to find an alternative better suited to their system, or rely on Jay Rodriguez to continue his good form and spend the money in other areas.