Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon needs to at least showcase a goalscoring threat against Bournemouth on Saturday – or risk having Elias Sorensen brought in for competition.
The Venezuela international, on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, is yet to score for his adoptive club in the Premier League having struggled with injury.
He’s made six appearances totalling 320 minutes of pitch time so far.
Rondon has failed to find the net, and the team have struggled as a collective on the attacking front.
Newcastle have only managed to score seven goals across their 11 games, making them the joint second-worst attacking team in the division.
Rondon is expected to start against the Cherries as the lone striker at St. James’ Park, and he simply must show that he can threaten the goal.
In-form Sorensen lurking
Rondon has to prove that Rafa Benitez doesn’t have to worry about a source for goals.
It would be helpful if he could get off the mark for his new club or at least trouble the defenders and Asmir Begovic.
Otherwise, Benitez will have no choice but to finally turn to Elias Sorensen, the 19-year-old Danish striker who has been shining for the club’s U23s.
Sorensen has been banging in the goals at youth level, most recently scoring a brace against Manchester United.
Ominously for Rondon and the other Newcastle forwards, Sorensen was promoted to first-team training this week and is seriously knocking at the Spaniard’s door for a chance.