West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is set to be given a break for a few weeks after Tony Pulis admitted he was not coping well with the Premier League’s intensity.
The Venezuelan, who became West Brom’s record signing following a £12m move from Zenit St Petersburg last summer, has struggled to adapt to the level expected in the Premier League so far this season; only managing four goals in nineteen games.
The 6”3 man, capped 46 times for his country, was prolific in Russia, scoring more than a goal every other game but has been far from his free flowing best in the white and blue of West Brom.
Tony Pulis told Sky Sports that the striker was given tests midweek after the side’s 0-0 draw with local rivals Aston Villa; putting the player’s lack of energy down to his summer move:
Salomon looked tired. We gave him blood tests this weekend just to test him because the lad feels tired.It’s a different type of football he’s playing, week in and week out. It’s so hard and so tough. He needs this season to get his feet on the ground and get used to it. He’s got real quality and real talent. If you look at his running stats, his running stats are fantastic, he goes out there and does works hard, but he felt tired again. We’ll check and see where he is. He might just need a couple of weeks off.
Rondon’s sustained period of rest could give England u21 international and want-away striker Saido Berahino the chance to find the same scintillating form he was in last year, that brought him to the attention of many potential suitors.
Berahino was brought on in the 64th minute to replace the lackluster Rondon but also failed to hit the back of the net as the Baggies sit a lowly 14th in the Barclays Premier League, seven points clear of 18th place Newcastle.