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Rondon turns down move to UAE

| 01/10/2022 24comments  |  Jump to last

Salomon Rondon has reportedly rejected a move to Sharjah FC of the United Arab Emirates, preferring to stay at Everton to fight for his place.

The 33-year-old was approached by the club that signed Bernard from the Blues last year, offering him the prospect of more regular first-team football but The Mirror claim that he has turned them down.

Signed by Rafael Benitez at the end of August 2021, Rondon has just one League goal in Everton's colours but scored twice in the FA Cup tie against Boreham Wood earlier this year.

He has made one start in each of the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season but is very much regarded by Frank Lampard as a back-up to Neal Maupay and Dominic Calvert-Lewin when the latter is fit.

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His contract at Goodison Park expires in the summer at which point he will be free to move on if he wishes to continue his playing career. 

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Frank Wolfe
1 Posted 02/10/2022 at 00:53:25
He gets a lot of stick on TW but, for now, I think we need to hold onto him.

No guarantee when Calvert-Lewin will be back and if he'll stay injury free, so we need a backup for Maupay. He may not be a top striker but he does hold the ball up well and always puts in a shift.

Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 02/10/2022 at 01:04:26

Pleased to agree. I mean we needed him today. Calvert-Lewin has barely played in 18 months.

We can't soldier on with no back-up for Maupay. Ideally, we get someone better come January but, for now, I'd stick with Rondon.

Bernie Quinn
3 Posted 02/10/2022 at 02:43:16
Rondon made the correct decision. We can't afford to let him go, the way things are with Calvert-Lewin.
Rob Dolby
4 Posted 02/10/2022 at 08:56:12
He can't be bothered moving to play more football and is happy to sit on the bench and let his contract run out – where have we heard that one before?

We don't need him, he was a massive mistake who arrived out of shape and overweight.

I would rather put an Under-21 striker on the pitch than him. 1 goal puts him up there with my all-time worst Everton strikers.

Steavey Buckley
5 Posted 02/10/2022 at 09:20:47
Everton should have loaned out Rondon to Sunderland and kept Ellis Simms, who had already spent nearly 2 seasons successfully out on loan.
Mike Allison
6 Posted 02/10/2022 at 09:22:48
Rob, the U21 strikers who might be good enough to play are both out on loan. Simms is at Sunderland and Dobbin is at Derby County. The others are still getting up to speed at U21 level.
Robert Tressell
7 Posted 02/10/2022 at 09:34:56
Rob: he was not a massive mistake. He was someone who turned up as back-up and then, unexpectedly, had to play a run of games before he was fit. He was very inexpensive and remains handy to have around until the end of the season.

Steavey: Simms will be much the better for his season with Sunderland. There was no telling whether he'd have got any games in the Premier League – Calvert-Lewin got injured again after the loan was organised. And in any case, Simms himself is now injured.

The likeliest U21 striker to make it, in my view, is Okoronkwo and he's only just stepped up from the U18s. He's miles off just yet.

People talk as though there was some genuinely better option that's been overlooked. There hasn't. This is what being a badly run club leads you to.

Barry Williams
8 Posted 02/10/2022 at 09:46:34
Rondon is fitter now, and with the injuries is a much-needed back-up and can do a job, especially at the end of the game when the ball needs holding up, or having a battering ram of a centre-forward to keep tired centre-backs busy.

There is always a real danger on promoting youth straight into a team that is still finding its identity and placing too much emphasis on that player – it can be detrimental to their development – especially for a centre forward, I reckon. I have a vague recollection of this being the case with Michael Branch – happy to be corrected.

So, for me, in the current situation – Rondon is needed.

Ian Bennett
9 Posted 02/10/2022 at 10:38:17
Calvert-Lewin, Patterson, Mina, Holgate, Townsend, Godfrey out.

Once fit, most come onto the bench. I would therefore expect exits for lads not making a 9-man bench.

Mina, Rondon, Keane and Davies look like they could be moved on in the next window, with hopefully one or two coming in.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 02/10/2022 at 14:55:53
Boris Johnson copied his playing style watching Rondon. Yesterday he was just embarrassing.
Peter Neilson
11 Posted 02/10/2022 at 18:00:56
Maybe he wants to stick around for the FA Cup? Bring on the likes of Boreham Wood and we’ll be eating humble pie.
Laurie Hartley
12 Posted 02/10/2022 at 22:34:26
Good on him.
Peter Warren
13 Posted 03/10/2022 at 08:57:10
Thank goodness he's staying put.
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 03/10/2022 at 09:13:20
I'm going to take a different view here.

I'm sure he could make a lot more money with that move. But if we take the money and our views on him as a player (I've been as critical as most) out of the equation, credit to him for opting to train and try to play at the highest level however occasional that may be. Maybe he likes being part of this squad. There is a togetherness about it.

Yes, I know he went to China, but maybe he's learned from that experience and would prefer to be a fringe player in one of the top 3 leagues in the world.

I thought in two situations he was going to have his moment on Saturday. He rolled the defender very well and was about to break through. I suppose the defender would have caught him anyway, but we didn't get the decision. He was impeded and fouled.

And then his shot on goal near the end that would have made it 3 - 1 but he forgot the script and sliced it into the Southampton fans. The way the atmosphere was going in the away end by then, there may have been a pitch invasion, so maybe a good thing in hindsight!!!

If he's staying, I hope he can contribute to the squad when needed. I don't for one minute doubt his attitude.

Brian Harrison
15 Posted 03/10/2022 at 09:18:39
Why would we even consider letting him go at this time with Calvert-Lewin showing no sign of getting injury free, which leaves Maupay as our only striker.

So, if he picks up a knock in training and Rondon leaves, we are back to playing Gordon or McNeil as a false number 9.

This just shows the folly of letting both Simms and Dobbin go out on loan, surely Simms being the most experienced should have been kept here?

Christopher Timmins
16 Posted 03/10/2022 at 11:35:17
It's a very good sign that the guy wants to stay put and fight for what limited minutes he may get going forward.

Until such time as Calvert-Lewin is fully fit and over his bout of injuries or we sign another striker, I am happy to have the guy as back up.

To all those who made it to Southampton on Saturday, take a bow, you are a credit to the club and hopefully Saturday’s away win is one of many going forward.

Looking at the Premier League table this morning, we can definitely have a top half finish this season which would be a remarkable performance give the trials and tribulations of last year and the sale of Richarlison in the summer.

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 03/10/2022 at 12:01:29
Beat 6th place United on Sunday, Christopher, and we go above them.
Brian Murray
18 Posted 03/10/2022 at 12:53:28
Brian #15.

Yes, it was totally jumping the gun letting Dobbin and Simms go but we are getting a lot more right than wrong, I suppose.

We really need Calvert-Lewin on the pitch, especially this month. If he thinks he's too big for us plan, for January.

Ciarán McGlone
19 Posted 03/10/2022 at 13:05:53
I'd rather play Michael Keane up front.
Chris Taggart
20 Posted 03/10/2022 at 17:38:18
To the people trying to "big up" Simms and Dobbin, Simms has scored 3 goals in 8 matches for Sunderland and Dobbin hasn't scored for Derby County yet.

Neither good enough for Everton first team yet, I think.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 03/10/2022 at 17:52:01
Yep, Chris, and two of Simms' three goals were keeper errors.

Barry #8 and Danny #14, I agree. Rondon showed his value in helping us kill the clock on Saturday. Yes, it's a very limited role, but it serves a purpose, and we currently have nobody else who can do it.

Bill Gienapp
22 Posted 03/10/2022 at 19:04:58
Rondon will be off at the end of the season, and I doubt shifting him now moves the needle much in terms of our wage structure.

He can hold the ball up and isn't a bad option to bring on late when we're trying to kill off a game, as he did on Saturday.

Mike Keating
23 Posted 03/10/2022 at 22:57:20
My son watched Derby County beat Cambridge United at the weekend and says Dobbin was anonymous. Many think one of the reasons we're up shit creek up front is because Calvert-Lewin played too many games early on.
Frank Sheppard
24 Posted 04/10/2022 at 09:57:56
I would prefer to see young squad forwards rotated on the bench, rather than Rondon.

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