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Everton: Rafa Benitez must drop Salomon Rondon against Wolves

Everton will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they travel to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Toffees have suffered back-to-back defeats in recent weeks after making a fast start to life under new manager Rafa Benitez, dampening the feel-good factor which had started to build in the blue half of Merseyside.

Injuries to several key players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Yerry Mina have significantly hampered Everton, but the return of Richarlison last time out will have provided a huge boost.

Although the Brazil international was helpless to stop Benitez’s charges from slumping to a 5-2 defeat against his former side Watford, his goal in the 63rd minute will give the Blues hope that better days are coming.

However, one player who is yet to provide the Everton faithful with any hope is 32-year-old Salomon Rondon.

Should Benitez drop Rondon?

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The summer signing was an effective force during his time at Newcastle United, but he now looks like a shadow of his former self after spending two years in China.

In seven appearances for Everton, the Venezuela international is yet to find the back of the net for his new club or provide an assist, and his underlying numbers don’t make for good reading either.

As per SofaScore, Rondon has averaged just 0.2 shots on target and 0.2 successful dribbles per game so far this season, won only 36% of his duels and has failed to create a single big chance, highlighting his hugely ineffective performances in the final third of the pitch.

The 32-year-old’s frustrating displays have earned criticism from several quarters, with former Everton star Michael Ball one of those to outline his disappointment with the striker.

“I’ve given Salomon Rondon the benefit of the doubt because he’s been playing catch-up fitness-wise and has been playing in a lesser league, but he’s got to do something,” Ball wrote in his Liverpool ECHO column.

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“You’ve got to make your mark in the game. We’ve had lots of different types of strikers at Everton, some would run the channels and make it difficult while others like Duncan Ferguson and Paul Rideout wouldn’t, but they would dominate the centre-half and bring others into play so you can keep possession.

“Rondon is not giving us that outlet at all. I didn’t see our striker create one chance. He didn’t do anything. That’s a massive issue when your main number 9 is not having any opportunities on goal, there’s a problem there,” Ball concluded after the Watford thrashing.

The time has surely come for Benitez to axe the £4.5m-rated dud. Richarlison is more than capable of playing through the middle, while Anthony Gordon or Alex Iwobi can fill in on the left-hand side.

It would leave Everton with a far more mobile and threatening forward line, giving them the best chance of securing a positive result against Wolves.

In other news… Imagine him & Richarlison: Everton must swoop for £17m dynamo who has “huge potential” 

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