Salomon Rondon has described his partnership with Ayoze Perez as the ideal combination of power and guile as the striker looks to earn a permanent move to Newcastle United.
Rondon has scored nine goals since signing on loan for the season from West Bromwich Albion and the Venezuela international would like to stay on Tyneside.
Newcastle were reluctant to match WBA’s £16 million asking price last summer because he turns 30 later this year, even though manager Rafa Benitez argued he was the ideal type of forward to bring out the best in the player’s around him.
That has certainly been the case with Perez, whose two goals in the stunning comeback against Everton last weekend was further evidence of his progress, taking his tally for the campaign to seven.
“Our relationship is good and I’m sure it makes it easier because we can talk in Spanish together,” Rondon explained, after Perez had provided the assist for Newcastle’s crucial first goal in the fightback from 2-0 down.