Ever since he arrived, it was clear that Salomon Rondon would play a key role at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez pushed hard to bring him in, even allowing Dwight Gayle to go the opposite way. Gayle has done well in front of goal for West Brom, but Rondon has been much more inspirational at his new club.
The Venezuelan is the focal point of the side, and everything good about the Magpies goes through him.
With six Premier League goals to his name, the 29-year-old is already a talisman-like figure in black and white.
Will Rondon be here next season?
Having brought the forward in on loan, that means Rondon is merely a temporary fix. In the summer, we will have to address the striker situation once again.
However, Mike Ashley must put his hand into his pocket and bring the big man back to the club.
According to the Daily Star, the Rondon scenario could play a role in securing Benitez’s future. The manager obviously wants to sign Rondon permanently, but that would mean Ashley would have to spend decent money a player who will turn 30 in September.
In the past, the Sports Direct man has been unwilling to spend money on players with little resale value. I mean, he’s been fairly unwilling to spend money on any players at all.
Despite his age, Ashley simply has to sanction the move. Sure, he won’t have a resale value, but his performances will keep the club in the Premier League.
Rondon is the perfect striker for Benitez. Not signing him because of his age would be a travesty.
Benitez must dig his heels in once again to get what he wants, as it is what is best for Newcastle United.