Date: 8th June 2019 at 9:00am
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Pundit Jackie McNamara believes that Wolves might be better off not making a move for striker Salomon Rondon this summer.

Rondon enjoyed an impressive campaign with Newcastle United last term, reaching double figures for Premier League goals during a season-long loan from Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

That form has seen the striker become the subject of a transfer battle this summer, with Newcastle and West Ham also interested in making a permanent move for the Venezuelan, and Wolves are believed to have held talks with his agent, according to the Chronicle.

McNamara though has suggested that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side might be better off keeping their current striking options content, rather than potentially upsetting the dynamics by bringing in the forward, when asked about whether he would prefer to have Raul Jimenez or Rondon up front for Wolves next term.

“I’m not sure because you want to keep the lads there that are happy and have done well last season. You don’t want to unsettle things,” McNamara told the Football Insider.

“It will be very interesting to see what they do, if they do bring someone like that in for more competition. I think what they had last season, it would be good coming back into it with the same group, maybe add one or two.”


McNamara is right to suggest that Wolves should be mindful of not disrupting the dynamics in their squad during the summer transfer window. Wolves enjoyed an excellent first season back in the Premier League last term, with Nuno’s side managing to finish in seventh place, which ultimately proved enough to secure the club qualification to next season’s Europa League. Given that they have qualified for Europe, Wolves will be needing to bring in a few more players to strengthen their squad this summer, so that Nuno’s side are able to balance playing in both domestic and European competitions. Therefore, despite McNamara suggesting Wolves might be better off not signing Rondon, the striker would be able to provide added strength in depth, although it would give Nuno a very big dilemma over who to start up front next term. It will be interesting to see whether Wolves do go ahead with a move for Rondon, or whether they do as McNamara suggests and keep their current options settled.