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Everton: Salomon Rondon has rinsed Farhad Moshiri for 60 weeks

It’s safe to say that Everton have had a fair few transfer mishaps over the last few seasons. The likes of Allan, Andre Gomes, and Yerry Mina have all cost Farhad Moshiri and the club big transfer fees without ever contributing nearly as much as they should have.

One of the worst recent moves, however, came under former manager Rafa Benitez, who signed Salomon Rondon on a free transfer at the beginning of last season.

It might have looked like a relatively risk-free deal from the outside, getting a player who is experienced in the Premier League without paying any transfer fee, but the reality is quite different.

Rondon played 23 matches in all competitions last season and scored a measly three goals, hardly the return that was expected from a player the club were paying £80k a week for.

In previous spells with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, the Venezuelan hitman struck a total of 40 goals, but he has looked far from this form during his Everton stint so far.

In seven league matches this term, the 33-year-old has scored a grand total of zero goals, has enjoyed an average of just 5.4 touches and has won just 42% of his total duels per match.

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Pundit Andy Hinchcliffe criticised Rondon following a poor challenge last season which resulted in him being sent off against Brentford, dubbing the striker as “reckless” while appearing on Sky Sports main event.

With his minimal contributions in an Everton shirt, it looks increasingly like he will leave upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the current campaign.

In his 60-week spell so far at the Toffees, Rondon has rinsed Moshiri of £4.8m in wages, with three goals to show for it.

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It might not be a massive sum of money to Lampard, but it would have been better spent on other areas of the team, or to sign a promising youngster instead of an ageing forward whose best days are behind them.

Lampard appears to be a smarter operator in the transfer market compared to his predecessor and mistakes like Rondon’s don’t look likely to happen again.