Lee Clark likens Salomon Rondon to former Newcastle star Les Ferdinand

Lee Clark manager of Bury during the pre season friendly game against Huddersfield Town at Gigg Lane on July 16, 2017 in Bury, England.

Salomon Rondon has scored nine Premier League goals for Newcastle on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle United's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Saturday...

Lee Clark has hailed Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon and even compared him to Magpies legend Les Ferdinand, in quotes reported by the Daily Star.

The Venezuelan international moved to St James’ Park on loan from West Bromwich Albion last summer after a protracted transfer saga and he has been worth the wait, netting his ninth Premier League goal of the season with a stunning free-kick against Bournemouth last time out.

Apart from his goals, Rondon has given Newcastle a much-needed presence in attack while helping the get the best out of a talented yet inconsistent supporting cast including Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.

 

Clark, who had two spells at his boyhood club, believes Newcastle should jump at the chance to sign the former Zenit and Malaga striker permanently with the striker set to be available for £16 million.

“If Rafa isn’t allowed to sign Rondon outright, I dread to think what will happen,” said Clark.

“Newcastle would be back to square one. Is £16m a lot of money for a player of his age? In today’s market, it’s nothing.

“Good strikers are like gold dust. I was fortunate enough to play with Les Ferdinand and Rondon reminds me of him.

Newcastle United striker Les Ferdinand celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match against Arsenal at St James' Park on January 4, 1996 in Newcastle Upon Tyne,  United Kingdom.

“They’re both swashbuckling centre forwards, who hold the ball up well and provide a focal point for their teammates.”

Whether owner Mike Ashley will permit Rafa Benitez to keep hold of Rondon remains to be seen. Ashley famously favours signing younger players with a potential re-sale value and the South American target man will turn 30 this year.

16th March 2019, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England; EPL Premier League football, Bournemouth versus Newcastle United; Jose Salomon Rondon of Newcastle celebrates scoring the first...

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