Given the striker's verified medical history, Rondón's highly disruptive medical history, which remains quite a big if, but this compellingly persuasive evidence, Rondón's highly disruptive penalty area, is nowhere to be seen in Rafael Benítez's team.

His first two goals in a Newcastle shirt ensured the Tynesiders enjoyed the marginally better of an excellent, exhilaratingly attacking, contest as they just recorded their second win of the season.

This alarmingly slow start to the campaign has coincided with a frustrating few months for Rondón as the West Brom loanee struggled to return to full fitness.

Finally, though, he's in the right shape to terror Bournemouth's Defense. "Salomón can win in the air and he has some ability as well," said Benítez. "He's not fast but he's very strong – and he scores goals."

With Federico Fernández shining similarly brightly in Newcastle's defense it was a day when St James's Park regulars were reacquainted with a latterly elusive sense of optimism. Reassurance arrived as early as the seventh minute when it became abundantly apparent that Rondón's long-term spent had paid dividends.

After collecting Mo Diamé's pass, DeAndre Yedlin accelerated beyond Bournemouth's defense before crossing superbly for the Venezuela center-forward. Rondón's connection was true but his volley was well parried by Asmir Begovic only for the goalkeeper to be beaten by the Striker's right-footed finish from the rebound.

Undeterred, Eddie Howe's side swiftly saw a rank rejected by Fernandez's challenge on David Brooks and Fernandez made a stellar tackle on Callum Wilson.

Salomon Rondon scores his and Newcastle's second goal.

Salomon Rondon scores his and Newcastle's second goal. Photographer: Owen Humphreys / PA

Play was stopped for several minutes as Adam Smith received oxygen in the wake of a knee injury which was suddenly crumple to the ground. "It looks serious," Howe said. "We think it's an early tackle which left his knee unstable."

Rondón then showed off his formidable aerial prowess. Began in the wake of Ki Sung-yueng's crossfield pass and Kenedy's fine left-wing cross. Nathan Aké what comprehensively beaten in the air.

The bad news for Howe was that Rondón's confidence was almost done by Wilson's potential handball. Newly summoned to Gareth Southgate's England squad, Wilson then scored at the wrong end, but Begovic repelled his attempted defensive header.

Yet in those moments when Rondón was not provoking panic among their rearguard, Bournemouth attacked dangerously and Martin Dubravka did not have Steve Cook's header to safety.

From the Sinner Corner, Jefferson Lerma Dodged Ki to reduce the deficit courtesy of a stooping header somehow squeezed past Dubravka. Registered deep in stoppage time at the end of the first half, it was Bournemouth's record £ 25m signing first goal since arriving from Levante. Newcastle's shoulders could easily have slipped but instead, Ayoze Pérez immediately dragged a shot wide from Fabian Schär's hooked pass.

As the second helped unfolded, chances came and gone, but with Bournemouth's attacking menace growing, Benítez made a couple of defensive substitutions and switched to a back five.

Now dominating possession and displaying a threatening change of pace, Howe's side were new ascendants and Dan Gosling saw an equalizer ruled out for offside.

Yet if Dubravka was busy, a relentless game had not got a one-sided and Begovic did well to keep Christian Atsu's shot out before using his legs to deny Rondón a hat-trick.



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