Newcastle made it back to back wins on Saturday, with Salomon Rondon bagging both goals against Bournemouth.

The Venezuelan striker was in formidable form for the Toon, bullying The Cherries defence for the full 90 minutes.

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He held the ball up well for his teammates and won countless aerial battles, finally playing like the centre-forward Rafa Benitez had hoped for.

His first goal came from a move he started after one of his brilliant headed flick-ons saw Newcastle go on the attack.

DeAndre Yedlin soon worked a cross into the box which Rondon stabbed home on the second attempt.

It was his first league goal for the club and it was clear how much confidence it gave him, as he was unplayable for the rest of the game.

He didn’t have to wait long for his second, an impressive bullet header following a perfect curling delivery from Kenedy.

The striker was even unlucky not to get himself a hat-trick after he saw two later efforts denied brilliantly by Asmir Begovic.

Naturally then, fans are now raving about Rondon.

But the striker will need to work hard to make sure this isn’t just another one of his flash in the pan performances.

Can Rondon find consistency?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is only the second time the Venezuelan has scored more than one goal in a Premier League match.

The other occasion was for West Brom in 2016, in which he scored a hat-trick of headers against Swansea.

That match had rounded off a stunning start to the 2016/2017 season in which he had scored seven goals all before Christmas.

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Bur rather than kick-starting a purple patch, the hat-trick proved to be the end of one.

He only scored one more goal that season.

Newcastle cant afford a similar loss of form given their current predicament.

Although he isn’t known for his prolific scoring record, it’s worrying he’s never reached double figures in a Premier League season.

And for Newcastle it’s clear his fitness is still not 100%.

Prior to this game against Bournemouth, Rondon had shown very little quality. His 90 minute domination of The Cherries seemed to come out of nowhere.

But the fans and Rafa Benitez have always been aware he is capable, its now just up to him to deliver on his worth.

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