Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has won the two awards at the LFP (Liga de Fútbol Profesional) Awards in Spain last night he was up for – and he won as the best attacking midfielder and for the revelation of the year.
Perez after scoring on Sunday
Perez had a terrific season for Tenerife in Spain’s second division and scored 16 goals in just 35 appearances, and he’s already made 10 appearances for Newcastle United and scored the winner on Sunday at Tottenham, so the lad has made a very good start to his career on Tyneside.
After being presented with his two awards, this is what the 21 year-old Spanish U21 striker had to say:
“I want to say thanks again for the award.”“For me it is something that is very nice and I will share it with my family.”
“I want to thank my ex team-mates from Tenerife for this trophy.” “Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”
It looks like Newcastle may have uncovered a gem with his lad, and he had a good game in his very first start in the Premier League, especially after he didn’t find out he was playing until an hour or so before the game started.
But he seemed to take it all in his stride, and Papiss Cisse, who he deputized for, would have been proud of the header Ayoze put away to win the game after 58 minutes.
The NBC Sports commentator Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder, thought it was just a terrific header – and pointed out a few times that it was much more difficult than Perez made it look.
As we said, we hope we’ve uncovered a gem this season in the young 21 year-old who seems to be a smashing lad too.
It’s just one of the positives that have been emerging at Newcastle over the last three weeks or so – after a terrible initial start to the season.
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