Newcastle are making an astonishing return to form of late, and on Saturday we beat Liverpool 1-0 at home thanks to an opportunist goal from our 21 year-old young Spanish striker, Ayoze Perez.
Ayoze Perez with his two awards early last week
Perez was signed from Tenerife for €2M in the summer, after he chose Newcastle over some top Spanish clubs, but at the time it was stressed he was one for the future, and was expected to play in the U21 side as he got up to speed on Tyneside.
But the lad, who just loves it on Tyneside and has his brother Samuel playing at Blyth Spartans, has made a very good start to his Newcastle career.
Ayoze has been assisted by captain Coloccini, as the Argentine has helped the Spanish U21 International settle down quickly.
Colo speaks Spanish and played for Deportivo in the Spanish league, so he seems a natural to mentor the youngster – and he’s done a good job of it.
Perez has now scored two goals in successive PL matches and both were the winning goal – he has made 11 appearances for the first team
Last week he was awarded trophies as the Best Breakthrough Player and Best Attacking Midfielder in the second division of the Spanish League, and he had this to say about those accomplishments:
‘It was a very important night for me and it was very emotional to go back to Spain and win the awards.”
‘It was amazing to be surrounded by so many world-class players and it means a lot to me. I think it is the reward for all the hard work I have put in to the start of my career when I was in Spain.’
Manager Alan Pardew seems to have survived the orchestrated efforts by the Sack Pardew brigade to get him out of the club, and Perez has helped Alan to keep his job on Tyneside with two crucial goals in our last two league games.
Pardew thinks the lad is a natural:
“He has a knack.” “He has a lot to learn about the English Premier League but you know that if something falls for him he will score.”
“You sometimes get a player who can do it in training but not on match day, but he has shown he can do that and has had a fabulous week.”
Geordie fans just love to see a youngster come through and take so quickly to the Newcastle club.
And while players like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere are taking more time to settle in this season – Ayoze has been little short of great so far for the Magpies.
He’s a huge bonus for Newcastle and all credit to the 21 year-old.
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