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Salomon Rondon shows two previously unseen sides to his game for Newcastle’s opener

The Venezuelan demonstrated that he's much more than just a battering ram

Some players are born creators, others not so much.

The likes of David Silva, Mesut Ozil and Lionel Messi have creativity flowing through their veins and they express it on the pitch.

Newcastle’s target man Salomon Rondon is not one you would usually have anywhere near that category.


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“Hello, Pep? Yes I’m ready to come to City”

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“Hello, Pep? Yes I’m ready to come to City”

However against Wolves this afternoon in the space of 10 seconds he showed that he could be so much more than Newcastle’s battering ram up front.

Rondon is normally tasked with holding the ball up and bringing the other players into play, or getting his head onto the end of crosses and long balls.

We have been denied the opportunity to see the flair he’s got in the locker… until today.

He’s a handful

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He’s a handful

Newcastle went down early to a Diogo Jota goal but luckily they had Rondon to take the match by the scruff of the neck and pull out two delicious examples of his skill to set the Magpies level.

Perez won a free kick from about 25 yards out and with no Jonjo Shelvey on the pitch, Rondon raised a few eyebrows when he placed the ball.

But he struck a beautiful shot which cleared the wall and left Rui Patricio helpless, only for the ball to crash off the cross bar and narrowly avoid going over the line.

Lovely position for a free-kick

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Lovely position for a free-kick

So unlucky

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So unlucky

Completely unpeturbed by missing with his wonderful free-kick Rondon collected the hashed clearance on the edge of the box and whipped in an absolutely perfect cross.

Perez duly nipped in front of his man and flicked the ball into the back of the net.

Rondon is supposed to be on the end of these

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Rondon is supposed to be on the end of these

Ah well, back of the net

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Ah well, back of the net

Overall it was excellent work from the big man and proof that he has more flair than most give him credit for.

It means in his last five games the Venezuelan has contributed three goals and an assist. Form.

Despite the controversy surrounding the running of the club, getting Rondon on loan from West Brom appears to be a masterstroke.


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