A number of Newcastle United fans have been commenting on Twitter about the prospect of Salomon Rondon coming back to St James’ Park, something the player would welcome if given the chance.
The Venezuela international spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season on loan at Newcastle from West Bromwich Albion.
Rondon scored 12 goals in 33 appearances in the black and white stripes, exploits which saw him crowned Newcastle’s player of the year.
Currently playing for Chinese side Dalian Professional alongside fellow Newcastle hero Rafael Benitez, Rondon spoke of his admiration for the club and expressed his eagerness to return to St James’ Park.
“St James’s Park is so big. I remember going there for the first time, I think my two kids were with me, I went for a walk in the stadium and I took a picture when I went in the entrance. Then you think 50,000 fans will be there and my daughter said: ‘Dad, you will play here…?’ I will try!
“It was fantastic for me. To play there as a player is fantastic. But of course my priority now is in China and we will see what happens… but if you give me the chance to come back then I will take it.”
Rondon became a Toon Army fan favourite last year and, though a permanent move didn’t happen, he still remains fond of Newcastle, a feeling which is mutual with much of the Magpies supporters.
A player like him would be ideal as one of the first signings of the new era, considering the very elite may still be out of reach right at the start – he loves the club, knows it inside out, and has the quality to get a decent amount of goals for himself and others.
What have Newcastle fans made of his comments? Here is some of the social media reaction:
And we would love to have him.
I can see it happening tbh.
— Mouth of the Tyne 🗣️📢 (@ToonMouthTyne) May 8, 2020
Get him home ⚫️⚪️
— 🇸🇦Kieren Wilkinson 🇸🇦 (@KierenW6) May 8, 2020
Should never of left. Best striker we had for a long time!!!
— Rob Materna (@maternarob1991) May 8, 2020
Bring him home💪🏻
— Magpiemarge1ofthe10k (@Margeandrews20) May 8, 2020
Should’ve never let him go
— Holly Blades 🇸🇦 (@HollyBlades8) May 8, 2020
He’d be a great squad player, short term anyway. Think of how Man City went about it to start with, getting reliable premier league quality players and then adding absolute quality. It’ll take a few years but at least we’ll be able to compete properly.
— David Peel (@David_Peel) May 8, 2020
Should have been signed in the first place best striker we’ve had in a while was absolutely stupid to replace him with a player who’s not even a striker
— JTNUFC (@JTNUFC20) May 8, 2020