Salomon Rondon under pressure to deliver at West Brom

West Brom

The new Baggies striker will have to score goals after Saido Berahino’s actions and departure of Brown Ideye.

All of the news around West Brom recently has been about Saido Berahino and his failed move to Tottenham on transfer deadline, with the Burundi-born attacker not getting his wish to move to White Hart Lane.

Although the versatile forward’s future remains a point of contention, the Baggies should be relatively positive and buoyant about the attacking options available in Tony Pulis’ squad.

Salomon Rondon has been brought in for a club record £12 million, while Rickie Lambert also adds experience.

The Venezuelan proved to be the match-winner in West Brom’s last game, getting the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against Stoke - his first for the club.

However, with a sizeable price tag shelled out to sign him and a track record of scoring elsewhere, pressure is on Rondon to score.

Unfortunately for the new man, Berahino’s actions and potential ostracisation from the Baggies’ starting XI will put more pressure on the Venezuela international to get the team’s goals.

The Hawthorns’ faithful will have their former club-record transfer signing’s failure fresh in their memories, with Brown Ideye leaving for Olympiakos after a solitary season in England.

The Nigerian’s £10 million move to West Brom proved to be a waste of resources, with the African only scoring four Premier League goals before departing.

All the early signs are that Rondon has the attributes to be a real star at West Brom and can avoid the same fate as Brown, but Berahino’s scenario has potentially robbed the team of a goalscorer and put more pressure on the South American as a result.

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