Trying to talk ourselves into a potential Salomon Rondon move
“Really? Is this the best we can do?”. That was our initial reaction when The Times reported United were targeting Salomon Rondon.
But considering our situation, it’s deadline day and he is better than other reported targets Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani,
A deal may or may not happen, so let’s see. In the mean time, here is a further look at why Rondon might actually be a good addition.
He has scored in the Premier League before
Rondon has featured in the top flight for West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.
He has 35 goals in this time and 15 assists, all of which came in struggling teams.
Put him in a United side with Bruno Fernandes supplying him, and he may hit new heights.
He might be available
This is the most important aspect of United’s striker chase at this late stage.
The club need to get somebody who can play. Briefly put, Rondon is better than nobody, and that makes him a worthwhile addition in our book.
Anthony Martial is looking limited up front at present and Mason Greenwood, at 18, can only do so much.
On a loan deal, if that’s the circumstances, he would be pretty desperate to do enough to try and clinch a permanent move, and that motivation could help him become a short-term success.
Solskjaer has urged the club to sign a striker willing to put himself on the line.
Rondon is that, he is used to playing as a lone striker and can hold the ball up for his teammates.
He fits the bill in terms of the forward the United boss wants to bring in.
Heading is the weakest part of Mason Greenwood’s game, and Anthony Martial needs work in this department too.
Rondon would diversify United’s attack, and make it easier for the full-backs to deliver crosses.
He would give defences more to think about, and make it easier for Martial and Greenwood to exploit space around him.
He’s in form
Rondon has been predictably dominant in China since his £16.5 million move to Dalian Yifang.
He has been in form for Venezuela too, and in his last six games for club and country he has eight goals.
This confidence and experience could help him hit the ground running.
Negatives and reasons against
Rondon could be a smokescreen for another player, so it is perhaps best not to get too invested.
United can probably still do better at this late stage, but clearly he has his positives.
One big negative was that his last match was on December 1, and United need a fresh player. His last really competitive game was last season.
The logistics of getting him to the UK in time for the deadline are also a factor which could count against a deal.
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