West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has tipped Salomon Rondon to have "a big year" next season after the striker's initial struggles to adapt to life in the Premier League, as quoted by the Guardian.
Rondon's header in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday was the Venezuelan international's ninth goal in 39 appearances in his debut season at Albion since joining from Zenit St. Petersburg last summer.
Although not the worst of returns for a first season in England, Rondon's campaign has been punctuated with long spells without scoring - he netted just once in nine games before October, went from Halloween until the start of February without finding the net in the league, and Saturday's strike was his first in two months.
His current tally of nine is the lowest he has managed in a single season since his first professional campaign as a 17-year-old in his home country, but Pulis insists that he will be a much-improved goalscorer next season with a year of English football under his belt.
Pulis said, as quoted by the Guardian: "He’s a good player. He’s found it hard at times, the pace and the intensity of this league. It’s his first year with us in England, the language and everything else.
"But his attitude has been fantastic and we’re looking forward to him having a big year next season. If you speak to him he’s probably missed six or seven chances he would normally put away."
Despite his struggles, Rondon is still the top scorer for the Baggies in his first season at the Hawthorns, having scored two more than the next most prolific player, fellow striker Saido Berahino.
Albion are 15th in the Premier League table going into their final fixture of the season, the home clash with Europa League finalists Liverpool on Sunday.