Newcastle United all but secured their Premier League survival on Friday night, when they beat Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium, and after the match their fans urged the club to seal the future of a key man.
The Magpies went into the clash with the former champions in a pretty good position from which to stay in the top flight, but needed another win just to make extra sure, and that is exactly what they got.
It has been a long campaign for Newcastle. They began it very poorly and were rooted at the bottom of the table at one stage, but slowly and surely they eased themselves out of the danger zone and the longer the season has gone on, the better the football they have played.
The Magpies didn’t see much of the ball at the King Power, but it was them who came closest to taking the lead in the early stages when Salomon Rondon thundered a free kick against the angle of bar and post.
The visiting fans did not have to wait long to see Newcastle take the lead though, as Ayoze Perez headed home a Matt Ritchie cross, for what was to be the only goal of the game in the first half.
The Spaniard put in a good showing, but it was his strike partner Rondon who shone over the course of the night. His free kick was almost spectacular, but his hold up play and his linking things together was just what the Magpies needed away from home.
None of that was lost on the Newcastle fans who waxed lyrical about him on social media after the game, with many of them urging the club to sign the West Bromwich Albion loanee permanently, and to a very long contract.
Here are the pick of their posts:
Rondon and Ritchie were class tonight. We fully deserved thise 3 points #nufc ⚫⚪⚫⚪
— James (@James53321670) April 13, 2019
Sign Rondon and keep Perez please #NUFC
— Stuart Herd (@Stuart_Herd) April 12, 2019
— Josh glister (@joshuaglister12) April 12, 2019
Sign Rondon Sign Rafa #NUFC
— Stu Renton (@lRodneyTrotterl) April 12, 2019
Now get rafa signed up #NUFC followed by rondon
— Asa Bartlett ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@asabart14) April 12, 2019
What a beast Rondon is. Has to go down as one of the most underrated target men in the world. He draws 2-3 players everytime & is always a constant menace. His hold up play is second to none and his passing isn't too bad either. Shocked that he wasn't wanted by more clubs. #nufc
— Rooshabh Doshi (@doshmeisterr) April 12, 2019
Rondon almiron and perez the best front 3 in the bottom half of the league #nufc
— richie Carter (@richienufc9) April 12, 2019
— Mark (@markyp123) April 12, 2019
Now get Rondon and Rafa a contract for the next half a decade please. #NUFC
— Matt (@LeafySeaDragon_) April 12, 2019
I’d trade ten Debenhams stores for Rondon. #nufc
— Toon Army Syracuse (@ToonArmyCNY) April 12, 2019