There is no truth in reports linking Everton’s Premier League veteran Salomon Rondon with a January move to the Turkish Super Lig, Sivasspor coach Riza Calimbay tells Yenicag Gazetesi.
Venezuela international Rondon looked like the very definition of a ‘sure thing’ when the free-agent signed a two-year deal with Everton in August.
Rondon, after all, had a proven track record in the Premier League and played some of the best football of his career under the newly-appointed Toffees boss Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United.
Well, that was the ‘glass-half full’ perspective anyway.
On the other hand, Everton were signing a 30-something striker who had just spent the last two years in the Chinese Super League – a division which comes nowhere near the English Premier League in terms of quality and competitiveness.
And after eight goalless games in Everton colours, Rondon is starting to look less like an inspired piece of business and instead the latest in a string of disappointing signings during the Farhad Moshiri era at Goodison Park.
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While Sivasspor have distanced themselves from speculation linking Rondon with a mid-season move to Turkey, the fact that his future is already coming into question after just three months on Merseyside tells it’s own story.
“There are seven weeks until the midway stage in the Super League. At the moment, our only thought is the matches we will play in this seven week period (and not on transfers),” says Calimbay.
“We are not interested in (Besiktes midfielder) Oguzhan Ozyakup and Salomon Rondon. The claim of Oguzhan and Rondon does not reflect the truth.”
It was always going to take some time for Rondon to get up to speed, of course, after two years out of the European game.
But with Dominic Calvert-Lewin on his way back to fitness, it’s difficult to avoid the feeling that the former West Brom targetman has missed his chance at Everton – quite literally, perhaps.