Salomon Rondon has warned Newcastle they will have to scrap for every point this season after firing them to back-to-back victories. The Venezuela international frontman struck twice on Saturday as the Magpies added another three points to those they claimed against Watford last weekend with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
Victory lifted Rafael Benitez’s men into 14th place in the table, hours after they had slipped back into the bottom three as a result of Cardiff’s 2-1 win over 10-man Brighton, but Rondon, a summer loan signing from West Brom, is taking nothing for granted.
He told NUFC TV: “We know Watford in the last game, they were doing really, really well in the league, the same as Bournemouth. “We know this league is difficult, this league is a high level. You have to be ready to fight in every game. We were ready to fight against Bournemouth, we know what we need in the league. “But the most important thing is we got the three points.”
Newcastle worked all summer to land Rondon, who has a £16.5million release clause in his contract, but were ultimately unable to do a permanent deal with the Baggies, who eventually took Dwight Gayle on loan in return.
He arrived injured and then picked up a thigh problem which has limited his involvement on Tyneside.
However, on Saturday, he turned in a display which showcased not only his finishing, but his abilities to hold the ball up, pressurise defenders and buy fouls in a fine display of traditional centre-forward play.
He said: “When you are coming back from an injury, you want to play, you want to get fit quickly. The confidence the manager has put in my, and the supporters, the Newcastle team, it’s a pressure for a striker.
“Injuries are part of football, but now with these goals, the confidence is going up and I will just keep working.”