Salomón Rondón hit his fourth goal in six games in West Bromwich Albion’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in Gameweek 29. However, the postponement of the Baggies’ Gameweek 30 fixture against Arsenal stopped him building any significant momentum in the Fantasy Premier League transfer market.
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Now, with his blank gameweek behind him, those goals are drawing the attention of FPL managers with about 15,000 bringing the 6.5m striker in so far this week. Several club factors are increasing the attraction. West Brom have:
- promising fixtures against Norwich City and Sunderland up next,
- a Double Gameweek (DGW) in Gameweek 34, and
- a fixture in Gameweek 35, unlike some DGW teams.
Games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in successive gameweeks from 33 to 35 dampen the prospects somewhat. Nevertheless it is understandable why some managers are looking at him – particularly those looking for a short term punt prior to playing their wildcard in Gameweek 33.
Across the Premier League season as a whole, Rondón’s statistics look solid if unspectacular. He fails to make it into the top 10 among Premier League strikers in any of the shooting metrics shown in the chart, but the ratios between those measures look good. The Venezuelan international’s goals to shots on target ratio is nudging towards the top end of what we might expect, but that may be explained in part by his above average tendency to shoot from inside the box.
FPL managers considering Rondón should look carefully though at the shots on target and goal data for the recent run, in which he scored more than half his goals for the season in less than a third of his starting appearances. In those six weeks, he notched four times from five shots on target. That 80 per cent conversion rate is almost double his rate for the season as a whole.
Rondón has undoubtedly hit form and his fixtures may give FPL managers hope that it continues for another couple of weeks at least. But they shouldn’t be surprised if his current scoring rate eases off soon.