Jamie Carragher has claimed during commentary on Sky Sports’ coverage of Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Leicester City that The Toon simply “have” to sign striker Salomon Rondon this summer.
Newcastle almost secured their Premier League safety with all three points on Friday night, thanks to Ayoze Perez’s excellent first-half header. Matt Ritchie supplied the cross.
Brendan Rodgers’ side struggled to create with Newcastle boasting the best chances throughout. Rondon was excellent again, offering an outlet and striking the bar with a free-kick from 25 yards out in the first half.
Carragher said during the match as co-commentator that 29-year-old Rondon had been crucial to Newcastle’s survival against the drop this season, and urged owner Mike Ashley to open his cheque book.
“He is only on loan, but he has been essential to Newcastle. They have to sign him,” Carragher said. Later on in the match, he said: “I know Ashley does not like to spend money on older players, but it has to be done.”
The Express & Star claim Rondon’s relegation clause at West Bromwich Albion reinstates if the Baggies fail to gain promotion from the Championship. They currently sit in the play-off places.
That would see Newcastle have to spend £16.5million. If West Brom do gain promotion, then the chances are that the Baggies would charge Newcastle a lot more.
But Rondon has scored 10 goals, created five more and worked tirelessly as Newcastle’s talisman. Fans love him, and Ashley would be utterly foolish not to land the Venezuela international.