By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Rondon told to 'do more running' as embarrassing stat emerges from Everton defeat

Salomon Rondon received a wake-up call as he struggled to make an impact on his first Everton start.

That’s according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

According to WhoScored, Rondon only touched the ball 18 times as Everton were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa.

This was the fewest amount of touches out of the 11 players who started for Everton, including keeper Asmir Begovic.

The game was the striker’s second outing for his new side after making a nine-minute cameo against Burnley last week.

Whelan claims Rondon will score goals for Everton but insisted he must adapt to the pace of the Premier League.

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“Everton held their own in the first half and had some decent chances,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“In that second half, Villa just upped that tempo a little bit more and looked more hungry.

“They got their second wind and Everton just couldn’t keep up with that.

“Rondon had a couple of chances and he didn’t really touch the ball. Sometimes that happens as a striker.

“Sometimes you only get six touches but score two goals. On another day you take those opportunities.

“He still has to get used to the Premier League, he has been away for a long time. The game has changed, it’s even quicker now.

“You have to give him that time. It’s a wake-up call that he must do more running.

“There is no doubt he will score goals because he gets in the right areas But you have to put them in the back of the net.”

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