West Bromwich Albion’s club-record move for Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon is one of the most surprising and intelligent pieces of business all summer, and it is exactly the move West Ham United should have made while they could.
For that kind of money you rarely sign a quality forward these days but that is what West Brom have got, and fair play to them.
But West Ham fans would be forgiven for looking at the recent goings-on at The Hawthorns and wondering why the Hammers did not make that exact move.
After all, Slaven Bilic’s side may have started the season brilliantly with a 2-0 win against Arsenal but they are light in attack with Enner Valencia out for 10 to 12 weeks and Andy Carroll recovering from his latest setback.
That leaves Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zarate as the only viable options and Rondon is exactly the type of player who would have thrived playing behind the assist-king that is Dimitri Payet.
The new West Brom player has pace, power and natural finishing ability and if he settles quickly he could take the Premier League by storm.
Rondon scored 20 goals for Zenit St. Petersburg last season and previously netted 25 times in 56 matches for Rubin Kazan and 27 times in 72 matches for Malaga, and while his figures may not be phenomenal he has the talent and the potential to become something very special indeed in the Premier League.
West Brom should soon discover that while West Ham’s striker search goes on…