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Salomón Rondón Pays Tribute To Alan Shearer After Being Handed Newcastle's Famous Number Nine Shirt

Salomón Rondón Pays Tribute To Alan Shearer After Being Handed Newcastle's Famous Number Nine Shirt

Salomón Rondón might not be the perfect choice for Newcastle United supporters, but in manager Rafa Benitez, he's got himself a huge fan.

Rondón scored seven goals in the Premier League last season but could not help West Bromwich Albion avoid relegation to the Championship. Just yesterday he signed for the Magpies in a season-long loan deal, with Dwight Gayle going the other way. Newcastle paid an additional £2 million for the swap.

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The Venezuelan knows how much tradition means to the Geordies and so paid his respects to Premier League legend Alan Shearer, after the former Newcastle striker tweeted him a message of support.


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Shearer, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, moved to his hometown for world transfer record-breaking £15 million (equivalent to £26 million today) back in 1996 and played for the Toon Army across ten years, during which time he scored 206 goals in 405 games, making him the club's top-scorer.

Rondón certainly has big shoes to fill, as Newcastle have been on the lookout for a forward who's able to achieve a decent goal-scoring record. The last attacker to impress was Demba Ba, but other than him, Newcastle's strikers have largely been disappointing in the Premier League

It's not the only problem that Newcastle are facing: there is a number of on-going disputes, between the supporters and owner, the manager and owner, and the players and owner.

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Where do you think Newcastle will finish next season? Let us know in the comments section.

Topics: Football News, newcastle, Football, WBA

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

 

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