Newcastle fans are delighted with the form of Salomon Rondon, after the powerful striker picked up an assist in the defeat at Manchester City.
After the woeful performance at Nottingham Forest during the week, it would have been no surprise for Manchester City to rack up five or six goals against the Magpies on Saturday evening.
Rafael Benitez’s side stood firm though, and might even consider themselves unlucky to have left without getting something more than a 2-1 defeat.
While there were several reasons for optimism, no one impressed more than Rondon, who was an absolute beast up front on his own.
The new number nine grabbed his first goal for the Magpies in the defeat at Forest, and it was his brilliant work that set up DeAndre Yedlin’s goal at the Etihad.
He also won an amazing seven aerial duels, as he worked tirelessly to keep the ball while isolated with two centre backs.
The decision to dump Aleksandar Mitrovic and sign Rondon was heavily criticised, but it may just be a stroke of genius from Benitez, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Rondon needs to start EVERY match over Joselu.
Joselu is much improved it seems from 12 months ago…but you can't justifying him ever starting again over Rondon.
Rondon just looks so much more deadly, decisive, stronger, more clinical.#NUFC
— Burnsie 🏴NUFC🏳️ (@BenArfaChance) September 1, 2018
You can see why Rafa wanted him and what he offers. The question is can he start scoring when we play more winnable games and he starts getting chances
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) September 1, 2018
We’re calling Rondon a brute.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 1, 2018
Rondon’s been excellent for #nufc. Really like him. Meanwhile, Mendy continues to give his opponent an alarming amount of space. Dreadful defending
— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) September 1, 2018
Mitrovic wouldn’t have made that pass. Just saying
— Dan Bell (@DanielB00955238) September 1, 2018
Rondon been immense.
— Phill Davison (@DavisonPhill) September 1, 2018
Worked hard and heald the ball up really well today. Good assist too. Great shift from the big man.
— Sam Spencer (@SamSpencerr) September 1, 2018