Pulis compares Salomon Rondon to Demba Ba, admits Villas-Boas advice

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Tony Pulis has compared new West Brom signing Salomon Rondon to ex-Premier League star Demba Ba.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has told The Sun that new signing Salomon Rondon is similar to former West Ham striker Demba Ba.

The Baggies completed a staggering swoop for Venezuelan international Rondon on Monday, with the 25-year-old becoming the latest striking arrival at The Hawthorns, following Rickie Lambert.

Rondon smashed 28 goals in 57 games for previous club Zenit St. Petersburg, and is seen as a hugely ambitious signing for West Brom, who have now added plenty of striking help for Saido Berahino.

Now, manager Pulis has told The Sun that Rondon reminds him of former West Brom, Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba, before admitting that he spoke to Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who coached Rondon at Malaga, before completing the deal.

"We’ve been impressed with Salomon," said Pulis. "In the modern game, he reminds me a lot of Demba. He’s quick and strong, he wants to score goals, he’s that type. But he has the willingness to try and get where you want him to be, which is in behind defences."

"I’ve watched him a lot but I spoke to Andre at Zenit and he said ‘Definitely, no doubt about him’. Then Manuel said the same thing. He thought he was a very good player at Malaga and did not want to sell him," he added.

Rondon possesses exceptional power as well as enough speed to trouble defences in behind, making him perfect for the style of play deployed by Pulis.

A settling-in period will be expected for Rondon, who has spent the last three years in Russia, but his track record to date suggests that West Brom have sealed one of their biggest coups in recent history - and Baggies fans will no doubt be keen to see him hit the ground running.

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