Newcastle target Salomon Rondon would be a surprise St James’ Park success

According to reports in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is considering making a summer move for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon, who has a release clause of £16m in his contract following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, the Northern Echo says that the Tyneside outfit are determined to add at least one new centre-forward to their goal-shy squad this summer, and a range of players both based in the UK and abroad are on boss Benitez’s list, with Rondon under serious consideration.

The Northern Echo says that the Venezuela international has been told he can leave the Hawthorns this summer after they dropped out of the Premier League, and his reported price tag makes him an attractive option given he has three years experience at this level with the west Midlands club.

The report adds that Benitez, whom fans have urged to sign a £16.2m-rated, speedy Premier League winger, wants a powerful target man, with Islam Slimani’s loan from Leicester City proving to be a disaster and Aleksandar Mitrovic likely to go after an impressive temporary spell with Fulham, who won promotion to the top flight.

How did Rondon do last season?

In what was a difficult campaign for West Brom, he once again did pretty well despite often being starved of service in the opening months.

The 28-year-old scored 10 goals and provided a further four assists in 40 appearances in all competitions – he has 24 in the Premier League altogether since arriving in 2015 – and his work-rate and hold-up play were particularly impressive.

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Would he be a good Newcastle signing?

He certainly would be, and he would be a surprise a lot of people given the quality that he has.

While he has only scored 28 goals in 120 games for the Baggies, they have rarely been known as a team that creates lots of chances during that time.

Anyhow, there is far more to his game than just goalscoring, and his strength, power and ability to keep the ball would allow his attacking teammates like Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy to get up the pitch and support him, which would help ensure that the Magpies score more than the 39 they managed in 38 Premier League matches last season, during the 2018/19 campaign.

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