It's safe to say you'll be forgiven for not knowing who Rondon is. Unless you watch every Champions League game, the only Zenit player you'll probably recognise would be Brazil star Hulk. Rondon however, is one of the key players for the Russian side, and has been a threat to defences all over Europe.
Ok, so Jose Salomon Rondon is far from a household name, and when he plies his trade in Russia, you can understand why. He is however, a very deadly striker. Rondon has pace, power, and a surprising amount of flair for a big guy. At 6ft 2, he is not your typical top class striker. He doesn't posses blistering amount of pace like Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling, and is not a traditional target man like Olivier Giroud of Arsenal.
Jack of all trades
Rondon is very much someone who can do a bit of everything. He looks like a traditional goal poacher. He does however, enjoy taking defenders on and using incredible upper body strength to shrug opponents off the ball.
In the Zenit squad, Rondon works brilliantly with Hulk and Portuguese winger Danny. He seems to be the perfect striker to have in the middle of the attack of Zenit's 4-3-3 formation.
This season, Rondon has 16 goals in all competitions. In the Russian League, the Venezuelan striker has 10 goals in 17 games; that's the same as players like Van Persie and Hazard, but in less games than the Premier League duo.
At just 25 years of age, Rondon still has time on his side. The former Malaga striker may still have his best years ahead of him.
Although there is no concrete evidence to show Rondon will make a summer switch, a Premier League Trio of Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have all been rumoured to be monitoring the strikers progress. Rondon is valued at around £16m, although Zenit will be holding out for offers exceeding £20m.
The Daily Star reports that although both Spurs and Liverpool would be more interested in Porto striker Jackson Martinez, a £40m price tag has made clubs look at Rondon as a viable, financial alternative.
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