Salomon Rondon has played his last game for Everton and may already be back in Venezuela - pundit
Salomon Rondon has played his last game for Everton, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Rondon got sent off in Everton’s 3-2 defeat to Brentford on Sunday (15 May) as he wanted to return to Venezuela a week early.
The 32-year-old was shown a straight red card for a foul on Rico Henry just four minutes after being introduced from the bench.
He will now serve a three-game ban and will miss the rest of the season with Everton not yet safe from relegation.
But Agbonlahor has claimed no matter what happens in the last two games – against Crystal Palace and Arsenal – Frank Lampard will force him out this summer.
“I feel like Rondon wanted to go back to Venezuela,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“Maybe he wanted a holiday and he couldn’t wait another week and thought a red card could get him back quicker.
“He can’t move. I don’t know what he’s doing in the Premier League. He did OK for Newcastle but now he can’t move.
“No matter what happens with relegation I’m sure Lampard will be shipping him out in the summer.
“He doesn’t even make sense as a back up striker. You need better.”
Rondon moved to Goodison Park last summer (2021) and was brought in by his former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
The striker was thrown straight in as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison struggled with injury but managed to find the net just once in 20 Premier League games, including eight starts.