Newcastle fans were up in arms when the club opted against signing Salomon Rondon permanently in the summer, but his current form suggests the club may have been right.

The Venezuelan striker was named player of the season for Newcastle, and supporters had hoped he would be staying on Tyneside for the long-term, before the club looked elsewhere.

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Rafa Benitez was thought to have made his signing one of the stipulations of him signing a new deal at Newcastle, and that belief was reinforced when the Spaniard took Rondon to China with him.

After making a dream start at Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League, scoring three goals in his first three games, Rondon has not sustained that form.

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In fact, it has become a bit of a disastrous run for the striker, with him not having scored since the start of August, and he has not had an assist since the game immediately following that. His dip in form actually saw Rafa drop him from the side a couple of games ago.

It is certainly not the form of a player who would have warranted a permanent deal at Newcastle, and maybe the club made the right decision not to pursue a deal.

 

Joelinton has also struggled but the formation has not helped him

The Magpies signed Joelinton instead, and while the Brazilian has only scored one goal himself, the isolated role he has been forced to play has been a big mitigating factor in that.

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Certainly if Rondon had been signed, he too would have struggled to score goals in the formation Newcastle employed during the opening couple of months.

At 30, Rondon’s fee was considered too much to justify by the Newcastle hierarchy, and while we all were hoping to see him wearing the black and white shirt again this season, if he had struggled here, as he is in China, fans would have been asking questions about him.

So maybe the club actually made a shrewd decision to pass on Rondon, as much as fans may not like to think that way.

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