The Chalkboard: Rondon has improvements to make in Europe if he signs for Wolves

Last week The Daily Mail claimed that Wolves had made contact with West Brom over striker Salomon Rondon.

The powerful Venezuelan has a buyout clause of just £16.5m so should he arrive at Molineux, it would represent a mere snip in today’s transfer market.

The 29-year-old was superb on loan at Newcastle this season, scoring 11 times and also claiming seven assists.

If he does make the short trip across the Midlands he’ll likely be deployed regularly in the Europa League, with Raul Jimenez surely in no danger of losing his place as the main man in the Premier League.

With that in mind, he’ll have to improve in some key areas if Nuno Santo’s team are to go far on the continental stage.

On the chalkboard

Rondon has played in the Europa League in three separate seasons, all from his time in Russia. When at Rubin Kazan he scored seven goals across two campaigns in the Champions League’s sister competition. He then scored three times in the 2014/15 season once he’d made the move to Zenit.

However, all three of those goals in that campaign came in home ties.

This season Wolves have been poor at times when playing on the road and in big European ties, Rondon is someone who could struggle.

Admittedly he’s now become a better player, but the omens aren’t too positive in that regard, especially if he’d be stepping in for one of Wolves’ leading stars in Raul Jimenez.

To add to that, the forward’s pass completion in the competition during that same term was also extremely poor. He boasted a success rate of just 69.2% which could be extremely detrimental for Wolves’ counter-attacking style of play.

The Midlands club have relied on short and simple passing in the final third since Nuno came into the club, but with Rondon added to the squad this could suffer.

As such, the striker will have to significantly sharpen up his game with the ball at his feet.

The Venezuela international has been impressive this term but when it comes to European competition it’s clear he still has plenty of work to do.