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Rondon relishing new era

30 November 2017

SALOMON Rondon is looking forward to life under Alan Pardew after his first training session with the new Head Coach.

Pardew enjoyed his first full day with his squad on Thursday, meeting the players before taking them out onto the practice pitches for the first time.

The 56-year-old has already indicated a desire for his team to play on the front foot, and Rondon says he's looking forward to a style of play where "every player can help one another."

"When you play on your own up front it can be difficult because you never play against one defender - there's usually two or three," laughed Salomon.

"My main concern is to help the team, to hold the ball up and try to play. I think when the players get more confident around you, you can play and you can move.

"I think now is a good time for me. When the new manager introduces his style and his tactics, I hope every player can help one another."

The Venezuelan has two Premier League goals to him name this season and will be looking to add to that tally against Crystal Palace on Saturday - a game that holds extra significance for his new gaffer.

Indeed, Pardew will take to the Albion dugout for the first time against his former employers. And according to 'Salo', it's a game that also holds great significance in terms of the Premier League table.

"At the moment we are low down in the table and not far off relegation. It's difficult, but we are professionals and good players. We are the right group for this situation.

"We need to look forward, we are only 14 games into the season. We keep working hard and are unbeaten in the last two games. We are only thinking about the Crystal Palace game. It's massive for us and we need three points.

"The most important thing for us is the supporters. If they get behind us - as they always do - then we will get the points."


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