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.
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.
Many thanks, @alanshearer!!! It makes me very proud and it's an honour to wear the number 9 shirt that you had so much success in. I'll be giving my all to do the shirt justice. :raised_hand::white_circle::nine::black_circle: #NUFC https://t.co/q3iHARMrzo- Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) August 7, 2018
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.
Newcastle United's players have withdrawn cooperation with the media as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season. The players refused to give their time for "walk up" shots for TV companies at the training ground today.- Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 6, 2018
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