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Benitez admits Rondon form is a ‘great bonus’ for Newcastle

Salomon Rondon has enjoyed something of a renaissance for Newcastle in recent weeks.

The strong Venezuelan striker has been turning in some spirited, impressive performances and scored both goals for the home side in their victory over Bournemouth before the international break.

Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez, has been very happy with Rondon’s contribution and spoke highly of him to the media today.

“If he (Rondon) continues playing like that and scoring goals, it will be a great bonus for our attack,” Benitez told his Friday press conference.

At 29, Rondon should be in the prime years of his career now so Benitez will be hoping this form isn’t just a flash in the pan. The former Liverpool manager could really do with a dependable striker and focal point in their attack for the remainder of the season.

Rondon managed seven league goals in 36 appearances last season for West Brom and his two strikes against Bournemouth were his first of this season, in seven appearances, so he is not what you would call a prolific striker.

Yet, if he could even manage 10 or more goals for Benitez this season that would go a very long way to ensuring his side’s Premier League survival.

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