The case for Rondon in an inflated market

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Once upon  time it was unthinkable to consider spending £16.5 million on a rising 30 year old striker!

But that’s what it’s going to cost if Manuel Pellegrini is to be reunited with his former Malaga front man Salomon Rondon.

The striker spent last season on loan at Newcastle from West Brom and it seems 11 goals has decided the Baggies to insert the release clause into his option which we understand has a year to run.

ClaretandHugh follower Dom has summed up the scenario surrounding the Venezualan pretty neatly in a comment on the ‘Leave A Comment‘ section of the site.

Here’s his  look at the situation which it seems to us sums the scenraio up perfectly:

“This one comes down to price as he’s getting on towards 30.

It’s so hard to judge transfer figures nowadays as they all seem out of hand. In the past, you wouldn’t pay more than £7-10m for a 30 year old.

Now you have to pay twice that much. I guess it could be argued that the rewards are so big now that the transfers are still proportional.

If he is the missing piece that can get us 6th or 7th for the next 3 years, you’d have to say 15m would be worth it.

I hope it doesn’t cost more than that and I hope the vast majority of our new signings are under 25.

Seeing far too many 28 year olds linked.”

Nicely put

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5 comments on “The case for Rondon in an inflated market

  1. You get what you pay for mostly bit like shopping in m and s as opposed to lidl? Also no sell on from old players but young ones costing more will bring back a fee . Hence on e again west ham not grasping this as maxi 30mill arnie can sell 30mill ones 22 the other 30 and moody and not a natural striker same old save money and shop at cheap deals .

    • Food in Lidl and Aldi is better than at Waitrose and M & S, imho I shop in all 4 of them for different deals and the other supermarkets, try the food in all of them but for meat you can’t beat Aldi for produce Lidl is better, what’s more they pay the farmers more than the established super markets. Lol enough of the super market promo but perhaps Rondon is a Lidl purchase but he may be better on the palate than the Gomez from Harrods ?

  2. What absolute rubbish Rondon if your going down the food route is an East End Market purchase . He is cheaper than the alternatives and buying him will backfire and we will get nothing back on him. Cheap is not better I am so frustrated with going cheap. If your all being honest he is not the striker we need so don’t dress it up as a deal cos it’s not a deal . This is just more mediocrity and that is not good enough.

    • I still hope all this is all a clever ploy to not get taken advantage of by clubs. I hope we will have another happy summer where the board exceed what we expect from them.

      I have no problem with Rondon coming in if he’s just one of several parts. I think I’d be disappointed if he was the only striker we bought in, particularly if a few are going. IF.

      That said, players peak between 26-29 and we may just have witnessed him at his peak. I still want to see the next Rondon or the next Hernandez. I want Balbuena’s cousin Carlos Striker coming in for 4m and being stupidly good.

      I still think that if Gomez is as good as many think. 44m could be cheap, because one good season in the Premier League could mean a profit of 50+ million. The board will be kicking themselves if they let another club benefit from that money.

  3. More concerned about age than price. No sell on value even if he is a success. Previous mediocrity in the Premier except last season seems forgotten. Surely there are better options at a similar price

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