Newcastle United rounded off their 2018/19 campaign with an emphatic 4-0 win over already-relegated Fulham. Goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon saw the Magpies home.
The win saw Rafa Benitez’s men end the season in 13th place and the supporters will hope the Spaniard oversees a summer spending spree. The manager’s future needs sorting out first, with Benitez coming to the end of his current deal.
One man who the Toon Army would love to see back at St James’ Park next season is Rondon. The Venezuelan powerhouse has netted 12 goals and contributed seven assists during his season-long loan.
The option is in place for Newcastle to land Rondon permanently but it remains to be seen whether the hierarchy will sanction the deal. It has been thought that the club might opt to land younger players and at 29, Rondon doesn’t really fit the bill.
Ask the Magpies supporters though and they would sign him in a flash. Following yesterday’s win, the supporters took to Twitter to thank the big striker for his efforts.
Rondon has captured the hearts of the supporters and the rapport is mutual. The target man took to Twitter to thank the Toon Army for the support they have given him and received lots of heartfelt thanks in return.
We rounded up the best tweets in reaction to Rondon’s final Newcastle goal:
Where are the people who said Mitro was better than Rondon?
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) May 12, 2019
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 8, 2019
Please stay Rafa & Rondon
— Jack Cramb (@CrackJamb) May 12, 2019
My top 3 players this season for #NUFC
Schar .. absolute class in defence a £3m signing & scores important goals too bargain
Perez.. he’s starting to shine at last scoring 12 goals improved
Rondon .. big strong & a finisher his goals had been important & a focal point too
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) May 12, 2019
Rafa and Rondon will both be here next season. There I put it #NUFC
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) May 12, 2019
Rondon has to be the best striker we've had since Ba, maybe even better, he'd have been close to 20 goals this season had he had a full Pre season with us. It's utter madness if we don't sign him, but this is Ashley's #NUFC where sadly, madness reigns supreme.
— Lewis (@lewyakers) May 12, 2019
What a season. Goodbye Hayden and Rondon we love you. Rafa please stay. UTFM
— Kieron (@MagicaIMiggy) May 12, 2019
Not sure I’m emotionally strong enough to lose: Rafa, Perez, Rondon, Hayden and Diame in a single summer
— Ketch (@ketchell) May 8, 2019