Alan Shearer was asked who was the best signing of the summer window and claimed that Newcastle United’s ability to secure the services of Salomon Rondon was the best bit of business concluded by a Premier League club.
The Magpies legend was asked in his opinion who was the best signing in the recently shut transfer window during a question and answer session for the official Twitter account of the Premier League.
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Shearer explained his choice by referring to the fact that Rafa Benitez’s side were desperate to add a centre-forward to their squad this summer and shared that he hoped Rondon would do well at St James Park.
“It probably might surprise you this one, but Rondon for Newcastle,” said Shearer on the Premier League’s official Twitter account.
“It’s only just been done but we were desperate for a centre forward.
“He found it tough for goals at West Bromwich Albion, is that a coincidence with Alan Pardew or Tony Pulis – that he has been asked to play a different role?
“Hopefully at Newcastle he can find himself in better goal-scoring positions and score more goals, so that’s what I’m hoping for anyway.”
While Shearer may be a little bias by claiming that the best signing of the summer was made by the Magpies his explanation makes you understand why he holds that opinion. Benitez’s squad were in desperate need for a new attacker to lead the line and if they hadn’t welcome Rondon as well as Yoshinori Muto then you would have wondered how they were going to score the goals necessary to do well in the Premier League in their upcoming campaign. While the Magpies recruited two new forwards clearly Shearer favoured Rondon’s arrival just a little bit, more likely because he has proven himself in the Premier League already. The 28-year-old may have not been the most lethal of finishers for the Baggies, as Shearer refers to, but he might become a prolific force at St James Park if given the right service. There are a lot of talented midfielders in the Magpies’ squad, such as Jonjo Shelvey, who should be able to put chances on a plate for Rondon to fire home.