Steven Taylor gives his verdict on Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon

Steven Taylor of Newcastle reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rondon has scored six Premier League goals since Newcastle United signed him on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon  looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 29, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has paid tribute to the impact Salomon Rondon has made at Tyneside this season, in quotes reported by the Chronicle.

After a protracted transfer saga, the Venezuelan international finally moved to the Stadium of Light on loan from West Bromwich Albion with Dwight Gayle going in the other direction.


And, following a slow start to life in black and white, Rondon has been in impressive form in recent months, scoring the winner against Manchester City to take his tally to six Premier League goals for the season.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Newcastle hero Taylor has admitted that he loves watching the 29-year-old lead the line in the famous number nine shirt.

“In Salomon Rondon, they have a great physical presence. I love watching him play, he’s a proper number nine, a real handful,” said Taylor, who is now plying his trade in Australia for the Wellington Phoenix.

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United (17)  celebrates with teammate Salomon Rondon (L) after he scores Newcastle's third goal  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and...

Rondon is hardly prolific but he looks like exactly the kind of old-school centre-forward Newcastle were crying out for last season, when the much-maligned Joselu was leading the like with very little success.

It remains to be seen whether the Magpies will attempt to sign the former Malaga and Zenit striker on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

The Star did claim last week, however, that Rafa Benitez has made keeping Rondon one of his top priorities in the summer.

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley, London on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

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