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Salomon Rondon scores the most Shearer-esque header at St. James Park since… Alan Shearer

The Venezuelan Alan Shearer is proving to be a proper No.9 for the Magpies

Newcastle are up and running in the Premier League, following a rather bleak start to the season.

The Magpies registered their first win of their campaign last weekend, beating Watford 1-0 courtesy of Ayoze Perez’s goal.

But in today’s match against Bournemouth, it’s Salomon Rondon who’s been the hero so far, netting twice in the first-half to give them a 2-1 lead at half-time.

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While his first goal came from a rebounded save from Asmir Begovic, Rondon’s second was perhaps a bit more iconic.

On the 40th minute, Ki Sung-yueng played a lovely cross-field pass to Kenedy on the left wing, who controlled the ball and whipped a luscious cross into the box for Rondon to rise and head home.

That’s what Rafa Benitez brought him in for, after all.

Kenedy receives the ball

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Kenedy receives the ball

Whips the ball in

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Whips the ball in

Bullet header

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Bullet header

Very nice

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Very nice

They’ve certainly seen some tasty goals scored by players donning the No.9 shirt here over the years, and it’s fair to say that Rondon’s header was rather Shearer-esque indeed.

They’ll be calling him the Venezuelan Alan Shearer in no time.

Rondon, on loan from West Brom, had only scored once for his new club – in the cup against Nottingham Forest – prior to today, but has also struggled with his fitness in recent weeks.

So we’re sure he’ll be very happy with his goals today.

And we’ve got a feeling Al will make some sort of comment about him on Match of the Day this evening. He’d be proud of that header.


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