It is probably fair to say that there was a decent amount of scepticism on Tyneside when Newcastle United brought Salomon Rondon in at the start of the season.
Here was a striker who had put in a relatively unspectacular shift with relegated West Brom over the course of a few seasons in the Premier League – a forward still yet to hit double figures during a league campaign during his time in England.
Questions were asked, but any doubts must surely have been quashed by now.
The Venezuelan has been an incredible asset for the Toon Army, not just as a goalscorer, but as an all round creative force.
He has provided a spearhead for an attack that has desperately lacked potency in recent seasons, but he has also been more than willing to drop in and do his fair share of the legwork too.
In short, Rondon has been magnificent, and it’s fair to say that the Magpies will be desperate to keep hold of him beyond the end of his current stint.
Whether that happens or not is a different kettle of fish. It’s one thing to wonder whether or not Mike Ashley will front up the money for his signature, but it is quite another to to wonder whether to not he will fork out in the face of rival bids from elsewhere.
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves are keen to bring Rondon in this summer, and that could be a disaster for the Magpies.
The prospect of losing the 29-year-old is bad enough, but to lose him to a Premier League rival really rubs salt in the wound.
It might not come to pass, but if it does, the Toon Army will surely be fuming.