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West Brom were rinsed by Salomon Rondon

West Bromwich Albion’s transfer strategy has seemed uncoordinated at the best of times over recent years, with ever-changing managers and divisions leading to a lack of stability at the Hawthorns.

However, one of their more notorious disappointments has to be Salomon Rondon, who still remains in their top three most expensive signings ever having moved for a then club-record fee of £12m back in 2015.

Was Salomon Rondon a disappointing signing for West Brom?





Although the Venezuelan did have some good times at the club, his stint in the Midlands inevitably ended in their 2018 relegation and his abandonment of the now Championship side.

Having also picked up a mouth-watering £55k-per-week, which later rose to £60k-per-week, the most throughout his career, in total he rinsed Jeremy Pearce for around £20.7m across his 205-week spell.

With the 33-year-old having played 120 times for the Baggies, a goal tally of just 28 during this time marks a disappointing return.

It means that the club had to fork out nearly £750k for every goal the “useless” forward – as dubbed by ITV’s Daniel Hewitt – scored.

Rondon drew in plenty of fans for his constant beaming smile and workmanlike play style, but just like he is showing at Everton now, his type of striker is becoming something of a dying art form.

Classic wrecking ball number nines are becoming increasingly obsolete, as are the managers that would typically seek to employ them. It could even be said that whilst at West Brom he fell victim to this cultural shift in mentality.

During the 2017/18 season in which he spearheaded their relegation, despite scoring seven Rondon missed a whopping nine big chances.

Considering they missed out on survival by just five points suggests that these misses proved costly.

The only saving grace was the fee they managed to recoup for him, as his £16.5m release clause was triggered by Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang in 2019.

Despite his disappointing stint, he continued to hover around the Premier League with clubs like the Toffees and Newcastle United.

However, it was at West Brom where his lack of proficiency cost not only their bank balance but their status in the top-flight.