Will West Brom boss Alan Pardew finally get the best out of Rondon?

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 2, 2017 in West...

The striker has struggled for consistency at West Bromwich Albion.

Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 2, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Now almost halfway through his third season at West Bromwich Albion, Salomon Rondon is still searching for consistency.

The striker has impressed in patches since joining from Zenit Saint Petersburg but there have been other occasions when he has been ineffectual and has struggled to get the better of resilient defences.

New West Brom manager Alan Pardew may well seek to bring in attacking reinforcements at some point but for now he has little option but to persist with Rondon, who has scored just twice in 14 Premier League appearances this season.

Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 2, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Rondon's hold-up play is of a high standard and he is also capable of using his strength to outmuscle opponents.

Strong in the air, Rondon can be especially effective if West Brom play to his strengths and Pardew encourages a direct style from his team.

WBA forward Salomon Rondon (r) challenges DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on November 28,...

Given that he is the best striker that West Brom have available at the moment, the club really should look to make the most of his qualities, at least until the January transfer window.

If he receives the right service - whipped crosses from James McClean for example - then Rondon can be really effective and he could certainly thrive if Pardew places his faith in him.

Pardew played a 4-4-2 system in his first game at charge against Palace, with Rondon deployed alongside Jay Rodriguez up front.

Although Rondon didn't find the net on that occasion, playing in such a formation can suit the Venezuelan as he can link play well, while the responsibility to find the net doesn't rest entirely on his shoulders.

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