Everton opinion: Should the Toffees make a move for Salomon Rondon?
The Daily Star has reported that Everton are in the race for on-loan West Brom star Salomon Rondon. The 29-year-old has hit a rich vein of form with three goals in his last five games and has been crucial to Newcastle United pushing up the Premier League table.
At the moment, the Magpies are in 13th place, with a seven-point cushion away from the relegation zone. However, Everton, on the other hand, have struggled this season, despite making smart additions over the summer.
This included bringing in Marco Silva to manage the club, as well as adding Richarlison, Bernard, and Lucas Digne among others.
Both Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma were brought in as well on loan for the season. Despite all that talent at disposal, one player that Marco Silva really failed to add was a new striker. That is very surprising given the struggles of both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun last season.
Both the Everton stars failed to make any impact at the club, scoring a combined total of just 9 goals in the Premier League, with struggling star Oumar Niasse outscoring the duo. That’s exactly why the club should not target someone like Salomon Rondon.
While the Venezuelan forward is a definite upgrade on Cenk Tosun, he’s still very similar in style to the Turkish striker. Tall, physical and a poacher, the 28-year-old is not who Everton need.
What the Toffees really need is a younger and more prolific striker, someone like Jean Kevin Augustin or Timo Werner. Salomon Rondon is by no means the right man for the club and more importantly, for Marco Silva’s system.
While he has made do with a big burly centre-forward, the former Watford boss needs someone more like Romelu Lukaku – strong, clinical and very quick off the mark. But that is a rather rare combination these days.
Furthermore, a striker with those qualities may be just out of Everton’s reach yet that doesn’t mean that the Toffees shouldn’t aim higher. Their summer window clearly showed that they have a big budget and the will to spend it, but it has to be on the right players.
Fewer teams have had as bad a window as Everton have had over the last few years. The likes of Davy Klassen, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Theo Walcott and so many others have all failed to hit the target.
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Salomon Rondon is far from the right player for Everton. It will not only hurt the Goodison Park side, but it will probably be the end of Marco Silva’s managerial career at Everton.