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Benitez wants Rondon to follow in Shearer's footsteps at Newcastle

Benitez is expecting Rondon to score goals for Newcastle this season. Credit: PA

Rafael Benitez will be happy if Salomon Rondon scores half as many goals for Newcastle as Alan Shearer did.

The Venezuela international's bullet header in the 2-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth was among those nominated for Match of the Day's Goal of the Month for November and had more than a touch of the former Magpies number nine about it.

Shearer scored a record 206 goals for his home-town club and while Benitez knows that is a near-impossible act to follow, he is hopeful that loan signing Rondon can make a significant contribution after taking his tally for the season to four at Everton in midweek.

Benitez said: "I said after the game that I would like to see him scoring goals like Alan Shearer, who scored so many times here. But OK, if he scores half as many, I will be happy anyway.

"He's scoring goals - that is, for some people, the main thing for the strikers. But at the same time, he's helping the team to do what we want to do.

"I will say again that [Yoshinori] Muto, Ayoze [Perez] and Joselu, when they are involved, they are doing well, so I am quite happy with them in terms of their effort.

"After, obviously if they can score two goals, each one, it would be better, but if they cannot, at least Rondon is scoring goals."