New players at Newcastle always seem to do well in International competition once they have arrived on Tyneside, and last night in Belgrade Remy Cabella started his first game for France in the 1-1 friendly against Serbia, and our young 21 year-old winger Ayoze Perez made his debut for the Spanish U21 side on Thursday night, when he was brought on as a sub after 63 minutes.
Ayoze Perez in action at Hillsborough in pre-season
This is the boy’s first ever appearance for his country, and he played well in his sub appearance in the 1-0 win over Hungary in the European Championship qualifier.
We’ve been pleasantly surprised by Perez so far, and he looks a good young player in the making who is threat on goal, and along with young Rolando Aarons, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat – those may be the pick of the bunch so far of the newcomers to the first team squad this summer – although it’s still very early in the season.
Perez has managed to get himself into the 18 man quad for Newcastle’s game so far, and he has looked lively and skillful when he has been given a chance, and he could quickly improve on Tyneside.
This is what Perez has said about his International debut:
“I did not expect to be called up.” “This has been a greatly appreciated surprise and an immense joy when I found out.” “For any young man representing his country is the best thing.”
“In little time I have experienced many changes, although I can’t ask for more.” “In Newcastle things are going well and now my new team-mates of the U-21s have welcomed me very well.”
“I am very happy with the way things are going.” “I want to add my two cents to help my teammates. My characteristics are more in attack and I consider myself a fast and able player. It’s time to make the most of our time.”
Newcastle may not have a top side at the moment, but we are still a (very) high-profile club with a tremendous history, and players who arrive on Tyneside always seem to get a lot of exposure.
As we have found out over the last couple of weeks that can be good or bad, and for players to succeed in a Newcastle shirt they need to be mentally strong, and to be able to take not only the plaudits they get on Tyneside, but also the criticism.
Perez hopefully can do that – and if we are to thrive this season, Newcastle need to see our new players like Perez and others quickly adjust to the rigors of the English game.
It’s so far so good for Ayoze, and we hope this lad can come through for us big time this season, and maybe even push for a full Spanish cap in the not too distant future?
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