Salomon Rondon addresses his goal stats as he pushes for a Newcastle start

Salomon Rondon.
Salomon Rondon.

Salomon Rondon says he’ll be judged on goals – and goals alone – at Newcastle United.

The striker joined the club from relegated West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan earlier this month.

In my first season, I scored 10 goals. Maybe that didn’t make everybody really happy, but it was also difficult.

Salomon Rondon

And Rondon hopes to make his first start for Newcastle in Sunday’s televised home game against Chelsea.

The 28-year-old, an unused substitute against Cardiff City last weekend, scored 10 goals in all competitions in two of his three seasons at The Hawthorns.

Rondon, keen to earn a permanent move to St James’s Park, is keen to better that tally.

“If you are a striker, the most important thing is to score goals,” said the Venezuela international.

“I know my stats, and maybe they have not been really, really high, but everyone knows that I was playing at West Brom.

“In my first season, I scored 10 goals. Maybe that didn’t make everybody really happy, but it was also difficult.

“In my career before then, I didn’t have any red cards, and then I had a red card.

“It was a difficult time for me because my dad had aneurysms in his brain, so it was a difficult moment for me.

“I tried to be focused and tried to score goals, although it wasn’t enough in my opinion.

“If you are a striker, you want to score 15, 20 goals, and it wasn’t like that, but I was happy anyway.”

Meanwhile, United winger Christian Atsu has been recalled to the Ghana squad following successful knee surgery. Atsu is in a 21-man squad for the September 8 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya in Nairobi.