West Brom fans have been reacting on Twitter after ex-Baggies forward Salomon Rondon posted a clip of himself scoring against Tottenham in 2017.
Rondon, who now plays for Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League, netted West Brom’s first goal at the new Wembley stadium when he put Albion ahead in what ended as a 1-1 draw against Tottenham in the Premier League.
It was the first match after Tony Pulis was sacked with Gary Megson in charge so it was quite an unforgettable day for Albion fans to see a Megson-managed side score at Wembley.
And clearly, Rondon has not forgotten the occasion because on Wednesday, he took to his personal Twitter account to relive his fourth-minute goal against Spurs by saying: “[Venezuelan] pride at Wembley.”
🇻🇪 pride at Wembley!
¡Orgullo 🇻🇪 en Wembley! pic.twitter.com/qNDBR84z8Q
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) November 25, 2020
Rondon scored 28 goals in 120 appearances across all competitions for West Brom and was part of the side that was relegated later that season.
He joined Newcastle on a season-long loan the following summer but never returned to St James’ Park and is currently making a name for himself in China with Dalian.
West Brom fans have now been looking back at Rondon’s spell at The Hawthorns, with one claiming that the ex-Malaga man was a “scapegoat” during his time in the Black Country.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— James Mullaney 🇬🇧 (@jamesmullaney) November 25, 2020
I miss this guy. Worked his socks off and deserved so much more than playing under the managers we had 😢 https://t.co/tNRbHq5VCE
— John (@John_Turner01) November 25, 2020
It felt like ages for the ball to roll in the net, some goal big solo, love ya x https://t.co/LnZeaKOBTI
— Harry Restall (@harryrestallwba) November 25, 2020
Feel like Rondon wasn't appreciated enough for us https://t.co/ODQM3bqk7E
— Ben Hadlington (@Benhadlington1) November 25, 2020
Some player https://t.co/MgtRgWidQ8
— õlf🍇 (@alfwbaV3) November 25, 2020
— Dylan Ashmore🏴 (@WBADyl) November 25, 2020
Some Albion fans reacted to Rondon’s post by urging the Venezuelan to return to The Hawthorns:
Come back Sol🔵⚪️
— Aaron Leatherland (@azza_leva3) November 25, 2020
Come back to us
— Michael (@Michael65101368) November 25, 2020
Miss you ❤️ come back #Wba
— Ant Swailes (@AntSwailes) November 25, 2020
We rated Rondon better than some fans did but the powerhouse was left so isolated while Tony Pulis was in charge so he was feeding off scraps in almost every single game.
He did pop up with big goals and big performances on the odd occasion but he was playing an impossible role as a centre-forward in an uber-defensive Pulis system.
It didn’t shock us that people criticised him but a lot of it was unfair.