Jose Salomon Rondon, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, began his life in la Liga with lower league Las Palmas before moving to Málaga in 2010, a start of the club’s journey from a Primera division raggedy also-rans to Champions League challengers.
After a reasonable return of 11 league goals last season making Rondón the club’s leading scorer, interest has been most notable from around Europe for the 23-year-old who is still a fairly raw and flakey article but has bags of potential to be a top goal poacher. “He’s very young and we hope that he stays as he has enough time to show his worth at Málaga,” said club manager, Manuel Pellegrini.
The international striker is a very big fella at over six foot and nearly 14 stone - comparisons with Málaga team-mate Julio Baptista are not too far off the mark. Although Rondón is a decent enough finisher, although not spectacular, the Málaga man fills the stereotype of being strong in the air with five of his 11 league goals for his side coming from headers.
However, consistency and confidence are what’s stopping Rondón moving up a rung from a being good striker to a great one. Easy chances are often missed and in a rare bit of honesty for a footballer, the forward admitted that this really, really bugs him.
After a reasonable return of 11 league goals last season making Rondón the club’s leading scorer, interest has been most notable from around Europe
“I’ve watched the game, I’ve seen it, analysed it,” said Rondón in April after a bad day in the office against Betis. “My final touch is failing me at the moment. I start off well, beating the defenders for pace or in the air but my last touch is the one that’s causing me problems. I get the advantage but I don’t finish things well.”
It is very hard to say whether Tottenham Hotspur could sign him at the moment; Málaga are supposed to be a big money-bags club with an exciting future having finished fourth last season. What’s more it’s a team that badly need strikers with Julio Baptista permanently crocked and Ruud Van Nistelrooy now retired. Unless a replacement is lined up, it wouldn’t be a smart move for an institution that is supposedly not a selling club. But this is where things get tricky.
Málaga have had problems paying installments for players such as Santi Cazorla from last summer and also keeping up to date with their footballers’ salaries. Whether or not Málaga need a bit of extra cash depends on how healthy the club’s finances really are.
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