The future of West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon has been one of the big talking points around the club this season.
The Venezuelan left to join Newcastle United on loan at the start of the campaign with Dwight Gayle moving to the Hawthorns in return.
He has scored three goals in his last five matches for the Magpies, taking his season tally to nine goals, helping Rafa Benitez’s men climb the table and impressing pundits in the process.
He impressed Tony Cascarino so much, in fact, that he slapped a £50million price tag on him during his weekly column for the Times (via the Express and Star).
It is a bold statement to say the least, but is it accurate?
“I’d agree with the part about the signing of the season accolade, but not the price tag.
“He has proven to be very good business for the Magpies this season, but I don’t think he will be worth £50million at his age now.
“Whatever people say, it’s a fantastic position be in from a West Brom perspective – he is bound to be worth a lot of money in the summer.”
“At 29? Dream on.
“Rondon is playing very well at the moment but to suggest he could become a £50m striker is a joke.
“Maybe if he was five years younger.”
“Not in a million years.
“He’s a good striker but that is a ridiculous statement from Cascarino.
“At 29-years-old Albion will do well to get even half of that but his form means Newcastle will be desperate to buy him which gives them more power when negotiating.”
“There is no doubt Rondon has been brilliant for Newcastle this season and his goals have been vital, but £50million for a striker who averages maybe 12 goals a season just seems too extreme.
“The Baggies would surely take it in an instant, they haven’t exactly missed him this season, and could easily use that money on the man to have moved the other way a part of that deal, Dwight Gayle.”