Tony Pulis backs Salomon Rondon to hit goal trail for West Brom
Published 26/09/2015 | 22:40
Manager Tony Pulis has backed record buy Salomon Rondon to handle West Brom's goalscoring burden and ignore his huge price tag.
The boss has moved to ease any pressure on the £12million striker with the Baggies having scored just four goals in their first six league games.
The Venezuela international has netted once in his first six outings, leading the Baggies' line while Saido Berahino was left out during his transfer saga with Tottenham.
Rondon will return against Everton on Monday after being rested for the Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich and Pulis insisted the summer buy from Zenit St Petersburg can cope with the expectation and fee.
"We're just hoping he gets a bit more luck in front of goal, but it doesn't seem to affect him. He doesn't seem that type of character," he said.
"Nothing seems to faze him, he's just a good lad.
"He could have had four or five easily, I'm sure he'll score the goals.
"Salomon has been fantastic and every game we've played he scored a goal or two and has been very unfortunate not to.
"He's another one who's come into the club whose attitude is fantastic.
"That's something you look at as a manager and already he's got tremendous respect in the dressing room, not only for his ability but the way he conducts himself."
Berahino is likely to partner Rondon in the Barclays Premier League on Monday after also being rested for the 3-0 loss at Carrow Road on Wednesday, but Pulis dismissed any suggestions the defeat will have a bearing against Everton after he made 10 changes.
"It has no reflection on what we do against Everton," he said.
"People will not question Sheffield Wednesday who made 10 changes because they won (against Newcastle) - that's the difference."