Chelsea’s 2017/18 season, though ended with an FA Cup trophy, has been far from convincing. They were in desperate need of additions mid-way through the season and failed to qualify for the Champions League. One of their biggest regrets will be the lack of a genuine goalscorer at the club.
The Blues spent on Alvaro Morata last summer, allowing Diego Costa to move back to Spain. But the former Real Madrid man was not at his best, forcing Chelsea to spend on Olivier Giroud in January, who made an immediate impact. But Chelsea will want to add more firepower to their attack and one player they are looking to sign is West Brom star, Salomon Rondon.
In spite of registering 10 goals and three assists in all competitions for the Baggies last season, the Venezuelan international failed to keep Darren Moore’s side in the top flight and is now expected to move out of Hawthorns this summer. He has a release clause of just £16m, £4m more than the club record West Brom paid for him back in 2015 and Chelsea are ready to meet it this summer.
A hard working CF, who loves to help in build-up play, Rondon can act as a target man but is more suited to teams that are happy to knock the ball around, looking for spaces in the final third. He is smart in finding those gaps, with and without the ball and his record of 28 goals and 10 assists in 120 PL appearances for a struggling club like West Brom, shows his ability.
He is deadly in front of goal and though is not the first choice, is a serious talent to have as a backup. He leaves everything on the pitch for his side, something Chelsea have lacked last season and his inclusion will only make the squad at Stamford Bridge stronger.
Rondon is by no means the solution to the goal scoring woes at the moment for Chelsea. Morata does not seem a great fit for the English league while Giroud is not a player who can play three games a week. So even with Rondon in their side, Chelsea might still need to spend on another quality striker.
But what Rondon brings to Chelsea is incomparable. He will probably start most cup games, will come off the bench to try and make things happen late in the game and is more than capable of winning games on his own, and could be a game changer for the Blues.