The Baggies have looked toothless in attack since the start of the 2015/16 campaign, and McAuley has told the Daily Mail that Rondon could be the man to help scored some much-needed goals for the club.
The defender said: “I think it gave everyone a lift when Salomon came on [against Watford]. It is a statement from the club to pay a lot of money for a striker. We know we have to play better, be braver on the ball. He has only been in a few days, hopefully he beds in quickly and scores goals.”
Rondon was never expected to start against the Hornets, with his lack of match fitness meaning he would not have been able to last 45 minutes, let alone the entire game.
However, he entered the game with half an hour left, and it was only after that point that Tony Pulis’ side started to entertain any sort of attacking threat, having been dominated by newly promoted Watford for the opening hour of the game.
Rondon himself managed one of West Brom’s six attempted shots, and despite looking off the pace, he certainly got himself around the pitch more than either Saido Berahino or Rickie Lambert.
However, Rondon may be the person to fix this goalscoring issue that is plaguing the club, but the real problem is the lack of creativity in the side.
Against Watford, and against Manchester City on the opening weekend, the Baggies have lacked any sort of creative spark from midfield, and whilst signing strikers may seem to fix the issue with not scoring goals, it is the need for someone to create chances that is most evident.