Newcastle’s latest No 9 did his homework before arriving and aims to make as big an impact as the South Americans before him
Salomón Rondón sought expert counsel from a South American farmer before committing himself to leaving West Bromwich Albion for a season on loan at Newcastle United. “I spoke to Faustino Asprilla, we have things in common,” says Rafael Benítez’s new centre-forward, his face breaking into the broadest of smiles. “He told me this was a great city for my family.”
Rondón laughs and shakes his head when asked if those similarities with the former Newcastle and Colombia striker turned sugar-cane rancher extend to off-field activities. When Asprilla, famed for a lively social life on Tyneside, eventually vacated his rented Northumberland village home, bullet holes were found in one of the walls.