From: Zenit St. Petersburg
To: West Bromwich Albion
Why have West Brom signed him?
Rondon will add a lot of pace to the West Brom line-up and his forward runs already look impressive. With age (25) on his side, the Venezuela international has the potential to dominate and cause plenty of problems for defenders. Although the Midlands side have also signed striker Rickie Lambert, it looks as though he will be used as more of an impact player. Furthermore, with Saido Berahino throwing his toys out the pram, after failing to secure a move to Spurs, the Baggies’ record signing is the man they expect to grab the goals at The Hawthorns this season.
Will he be a good capture?
Rondon certainly looks the part in these opening few games and, as well as scoring the winner at Stoke, looks impressive. He has an excellent goalscoring record when looking at his history at other clubs, in particular his most recent side Zenit St. Petersburg. In his only season there, he made 37 appearances and hit the net 20 times, finishing as their top scorer. The 25-year-old has reached double figures in a number of seasons and also has the experience of winning a domestic league title in Russia, meaning he can also be seen as an inspirational figure in the dressing room. The question is can he replicate that form in England. But after bullying Chelsea and worrying Stoke, his fee, in this market, could prove value for money come the end of the season.