Some Everton fans have been lauding Yerry Mina as the life of the dressing room after the club posted images of him welcoming Salamon Rondon to training for the first time.
Rondon joined the Blues on a free transfer from Dalian Pro as Rafa Benitez’s fourth signing of the summer. The Venezuelan striker and Spanish coach reuniting at Goodison Park for a third stint together. Rondon followed Benitez to China after their time at Newcastle United.
The Toffees’ struck a late Deadline Day deal to bring the 31-year-old to Merseyside to add depth behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Rondon has scored 26 goals and assisted 14 over 61 games under Benitez, netting 11 in 32 Premier League appearances.
Benitez will hope that Rondon can now help maintain Everton’s prolific start to the Premier League season. Only 10-goal duo West Ham United and Manchester City have outscored the Goodison natives on seven goals after three games.
Rondon trained at Finch Farm for the first time this Wednesday ahead of Burnley’s visit to Merseyside next Monday. Benitez wasted no time putting the forward through his paces. While fans were quick to spot Mina gleefully welcoming his new teammate to the club.
Benitez gave Rondon plenty of instructions during Everton’s training session, which also saw James Rodriguez return to Finch Farm. The Colombian missed the start of the season after isolating due to coronavirus issues, while The Athletic report he rejected moves away.
Everton fans react to Mina welcoming Rondon to training
But the focus was Mina welcoming Rondon to training for the first time for some Everton fans on social media. They loved their Colombian centre-back making his new Venezuelan teammate feel at home instantly in his new surroundings.
Mina moved to Merseyside from Barcelona in 2018 in a £27m deal under former manager Marco Silva. He faced Rondon twice in his debut campaign at Goodison Park while the striker led Benitez’s attack at Newcastle.
Everton drew 1-1 at home to the Magpies that season before losing 3-2 at St James’ Park in March. Rondon scored the Toon’s first to pull Benitez’s men within one after a strong start for Silva’s side. He then teed Ayoze Perez up to win it in the 84th-minute after the Spaniard had pulled United level moments earlier, to strike out Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison’s hits.
So, here are some of the messages shared from Everton fans reacting to Mina welcoming Rondon to training on Wednesday…