Up until very recently, Newcastle didn't have a league win to their name this season. Things were looking bleak on Tyneside with the Magpies languishing in the relegation zone.
However, two wins from their last two league games have helped lift Rafa Benitez's men up into 14th place in the table. Their last win came against Bournemouth, where a brace from Salomon Rondon was enough to see off their opponents - and TV Pundit Jamie Redknapp has been keen to recognise the forward's telling contributions.
Rondon's goals were his first in the league for the club, which he joined on loan in the summer, and it was his powerful header against Bournemouth, his second on the day, which really blew Redknapp away.
“What a brilliant, old-fashioned centre forward’s header from Salomon Rondon for Newcastle against Bournemouth,” Redknapp said. “Using his strength to outmuscle Nathan Ake, he flung himself at the ball to fire his team to victory.
He added, “Finally, it looks like they have a player who can make the most of Matt Ritchie’s pinpoint crosses.”
Rondon has started in each of the victories and it finally seems as if things are coming together for Benitez and his players, as they may finally have a reliable centre forward to play around.
Many Toon fans were doubtful if the Venezuelan had the goals in him to do a sufficient job for their club when he signed in the summer, but his hard work for parent club West Brom has always been appreciated.
And now, following a slow start to life at Newcastle, it does finally seem as if Rondon can add a few goals to go with his typically tenacious performances.