The actions of their fans may have left a sour taste, but on the field this was a good day for Newcastle United. Rafael Benitez’s side are now within touching distance of Premier League safety after Matt Ritchie’s late equaliser salvaged a point at Bournemouth, although the real star of the show was Salomon Rondon, who had opened the scoring in first-half injury time with an expertly taken free-kick
Midfielder Isaac Hayden says the club must do all they can to keep Rondon and Benitez beyond the summer.
“He [Rondon] is a vitally important player for us, and his goals and assists ratio this season has been crucial,” he said. “It is obvious everyone would like to see him at Newcastle next season. If you asked every fan, and everyone at the club if they wanted him to stay, it is an obvious ‘yes’.
“But sometimes in football it isn’t as simple as that, things are taken out of your control and it isn’t always up to the individual to stay or not. It is up to two clubs to negotiate – but for everyone else, they would love him to stay here.”
Rondon is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion with a clause allowing Newcastle to sign him for £16.5 million if Albion are not promoted.