Rondon netted his second goal of the season for the Baggies since his transfer from Zenit St Petersburg, and Tony Pulis has told the Daily Mail why he has yet to hit top form whilst turning out in the Premier League.
Pulis said: “When Salomon goes away [on international duty] it is a 22-hour flight. He is a national hero over there. I don't think he has had the time to come back and rest and pick up his performances. He has struggled a bit with that. in training you only have to watch him to see he has real quality.”
Rondon arrived at West Brom over the summer transfer window, fairly out of sorts due to a lack of fitness and match practice.
There is no doubting his goalscoring ability, and he has netted consistently wherever he has played, but the 26-year-old has just two goals in 10 games for the Baggies.
He seems to tire early in games, and for Pulis, he must not be overly keen playing a system which requires Rondon to run the entire final third of the pitch if he runs out of energy before the 60 minute mark.
Pulis has suggested that Rondon is still struggling due to the rigours of going away on international duty with Venezuela, where the striker is arguably the country’s most important player.
He has to travel around the world to play games, before heading back to the Midlands, meaning he is behind his teammates is training when he returns, and then is thrown into competitive action despite being off the pace.
Rondon has shown glimpses of his quality during his short time with West Brom, but until he has a long time to rest and get up to full fitness, Baggies’ fans will miss out on seeing a truly top class striker in action.