Newcastle fans were gutted when the club elected not to bring striker Salomon Rondon back to Tyneside permanently in the summer, and our loss was Rafa Benitez’s gain.

As we all know, the Venezuelan went to China to join Benitez at Dalian Yifang, while Newcastle went out and spent £40 million on Brazilian Joelinton.

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It is taking the new Toon number nine some time to find his feet in the English game, with him currently having just one goal to his name, while Rondon made an electrifying start in the Chinese Super League, scoring three goals in his first three games.

Rondon has failed to find the net in any of the four league games since then, but it has not stopped the Newcastle fans longing for their former striker, who was named player of the season last campaign.

It is slightly unfair to compare Joelinton and Rondon

Joelinton has a long way to go to emulate Rondon’s standing with the supporters, but a lot of the former Hoffenheim forwards’ style of play is similar to that of his predecessor.

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He holds the ball up well, and uses his strength just like Rondon does, but the big difference is that while Rondon benefited from having Ayoze Perez to help him – and of course, Rafa Benitez to guide him – Joelinton has had a struggling for form Miguel Almiron and Steve Bruce.

It is, perhaps, unfair to compare the two, but while Joelinton’s goal-scoring form evades him, fans will keep wishing the club had made an exception from their rigid transfer blueprint, and signed Rondon for the long-term.

Rondon posted a picture on Twitter, showing a framed print of the clubs he has played for, commemorating his 14 years playing football away from his homeland, and Newcastle fans were quick to let him know he is still in their hearts.

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