This Lad’s Been The Big Surprise Of The Season


Ayoze Perez joined Newcastle in the summer as a 20 year-old from Tenerife, and the plans at that time was for him to spend the season playing for Peter Beardsley in the Development squad for the U21 side.

ayoze perez flicks it home

Ayoze Perez – remember this flicked goal at Tottenham in our 2-1 win?

But it didn’t quite turn out that way – and Ayoze has been the big surprise package for Newcastle this season, and he’s improved a lot in his 25 appearances for the side with 5 Premier league goals.

He has also built up his strength and physique such that in the game at Chelsea earlier this month when we lost 2-0, he was up against John Terry, and he gave the former England captain all he could handle.

Newcastle have scored only 26 goals in the Premier League this season, and Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez have 14 of those goals between them, so it’s a good job we have a couple of players who can score the goals for us.

And it’s something we didn’t expect so early from the 21 year-old Spanish striker.

We were hoping to get a striker in during this January transfer, but with Newcastle not close enough to the relegation zone that’s unlikely to happen, with Newcastle unwilling to spend the money unless they absolutely have to.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has been mentoring the youngster since he arrived on Tyneside, and the Argentine who turned 33 last Thursday – had this to say about the Spanish U21 International today:

“It is a big jump. But his job is to play in the Premier League now and against the biggest teams in the world.” “It’s important he keeps that level. If he can, he will be a top, top player for us.”

“Hopefully he can keep that level of performance. It’s difficult because he is still young.”  “But he is helping the team and he’s very important for us.”

We notice that Colo says that Perez can be a top player for us and we hope that happens.

One reason why Ayoze chose Newcastle was that he was told he would get a chance to play in the first team, which was not the case for some of the top Spanish Clubs after him – where he would have played in their Reserve sides in the Spanish League.

Our next game is the early kick-off game at Hull City next Saturday – a fixture we won 3-1 last season – and it’s a game we must not lose.

We expect Newcastle to go all out for the win – after losing our last three games and not winning since Alan Pardew managed his last game for the Magpies in the 3-2 home win over Everton on 28th December.

If we lose this game I’m not going to be the only one who will be just a tad worried about the rest of the season.

Ayoze has played great for us so far this season, and what a buy this lad was for for just €2M.

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58 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought the lad Pardew was the biggest surprise…. 😉

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Been a bit quite of late – not helped when playing as a target man!

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  • toonking

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #3

    2016 headline

    top team put in a £20-£30 million bid for perez and the owner accepts it.

    headline 31st janury 2016
    “we tried our best but couldn’t find a replacement.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t beleive these reports for one minute, everyone knows Colos mute.

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  • ToonLynx

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #5

    The flicked goal was against West Brom Ed

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #6
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Has there been any noise from Carver after the arranged Q&A?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    beermonkey…that’s Colo being over dubbed!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail – I was hoping that perhaps the sackpardew group might have “morphed” into a group targetting Mr Tubbs and perhaps act as an umbrella group along with the MAOC group.
    You never know what might happen. I suppose they may be waiting to see what happens this month -I think we can all guess that -nothing.
    If we do not get an up and coming quality coach/manager in the summer – in other words a knacker – folk will say “lets” see what he has achieved in six months, then 12 etc etc.
    If they employ a knacker we should be after him from the word go!

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Maybe if they don’t want to buy anyone they should try playing more of the younger players who were destined for the development squad in at cb instead of persisting with Colo, Taylor & Williamson.
    I doubt Good, Street or Satka could be any worse & just like Ayoze they could surprise a few, if they are good enough they are old enough.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Returning players are the key to what remains of our season, with some very good ones among them, more so than Carver, although the loss of Taylor is very untimely. I think you need to wait and see if we do get a Tuchel or a DeBoer and if not, then hopefully the heat will be turned right up against Ashley, not the manager, whoever it is.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Repost

    beermonkey

    Sorry for the late reply, had company so had to drop off for a while.

    I don’t know the answer to your question mate, I would assume NUST do but really not sure.

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Is this the fourth time this article has been posted this season? Perez is a revelation on Tyneside, Perez is Newcastle’s best player, etc. Time for something new to talk about.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #14

    MadisonToon

    Perez is the only positive thing about Newcastle at the moment, and people want to hold on to the positives for as long as they are here, which in Perez’s case won’t be that long.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #15

    firebug

    I have no idea
    and I don’t think nust are interested in walk outs protests I might be wrong

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    beermonkey

    No your not wrong mate, they want to go through all the legal channels. I said this the other day on here, they like to take a more political route, but as we know that takes a lot of time to achieve absolutely nothing.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #17

    firebug

    and here lies our problem we don’t have a group where the masses can follow
    rangers are pretty used to campaigning they have been at it for years
    Liverpool have the spirit if shankley and I am sure other well supported clubs have them

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I think the only thing we could ask the FA is to re examine if Mike Ashley is a fit and proper person to own a football club.

    Given the evidence so far the answer would have to be NO!

    Would the FA admit to making a mistake? I doubt it.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Maybe we need a new Hard Core fans group to take on the “Fat Man”.

    But would the fans want to join such a group, or prefer to sit bickering amongst themselves?

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  • chasing_rabbits

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d be surprised if Perez is still with us in the summer. He’s going to be a huge player in a few years, just a shame it won’t be for us.

    Jimmysmith, you’re absolutely right with regards to players returning from injury. de Jong needs to really hit the ground running, and start putting away some goals. Hopefully Aarons & Abeid can replicate the performances they showed before picking up injuries. The attackers are going to be carrying the biggest burden, as I can’t see the defence improving, so we’re going to need to score plenty of goals to get the wins, to counter all the goals conceded. Only time will tell, but I got a feeling it’s going to be a very nervy last 16 games. Hopefully we can avoid relegation, looking at the teams below us you would think it should be fairly straight forward. But this is NUFC, and we all know that no team in the league should be underestimated.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve been on youtube watching a collection of Pardew’s interviews over the time he spent at the Toon and you have to say he really came in to his own at least in front of the camera over time. He was a bit arrogant and touchy early doors, but those sharp and rough edges were worn down over time, doubtless by the countless storms he weathered for Ashley. Got to give him credit for his resilience and dignity, certainly towards the end. His experiences for us could be the making of him and of course a bonus for Palace, not the demise some are predicting.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Jimmy

    That’s because he caught his reflection in the camera lens and instantly went into “in front of the mirror at home mode” bet every room had one 😀

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #23

    beermonkey @17

    Spot on, you see we have been happy with our lot for the most part, no need to protest, but under Ashley all that has changed, just we don’t know what to do or even how to get started.

    Hence the need for leadership, and that could only come from the leaders of fan groups. They should already have publications etc on the go so it would be easier for them to reach out to the masses for support.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Ha, yeah. Fear of losing his looks might well be the real reason behind his departure. He certainly aged. We all have.

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #25

    firebug666

    There’s no reason Ashley would fail the fit and proper person test. He’s an active Company Director, not disqualified so he’ll pass muster.

    The criteria are concerned with criminal (ie illegal) activity so unless he’s proved to be guilty of fraud, embezzlement or the like, he’s good to act as a own NUFC – immoral though he is.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Firebug

    I don’t see any1 coming forward
    It maybe a case of waiting to see what happens this month like others have said

    First port of call would be to get in touch with rangers and liverpool groups to find out how they rallied there troops

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #27

    You’ve got to feel sorry for the likes of de Jong.

    There he was pre-season talking up our chances of challenging for Champions League football.

    Poor sod, conned by Pardew’s bullshit.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #28

    lesh

    Yeah I figured it would be something like that.

    He can throw football games like the cups, treat the fan base with utter contempt, and splatter his free advertising everywhere, but as long as he has no convictions it’s fine for him to rip our club apart. I really do hate this man.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    beermonkey

    Maybe I will e-mail some of our fan clubs and see if there is any interest first.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Wow we have a lot of supporters clubs around the world, these are just of our official site.

    United Kingdom
    Carrville Supporters Club
    http://www.carrvillemags.co.uk

    Midlands Supporters Club
    http://midlandssupportersclub.webs.com

    London Supporters Club
    http://www.nufc-london.com/

    Scotland Supporters Club
    http://www.scottishmags.co.uk/

    Yorkshire Supporters Club
    http://www.yorkshiremags.com/

    Australia
    Australia Supporters Club
    http://www.aussiemags.net/home.htm

    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Supporters Club
    http://www.hknewcastle.com/mainpage.php

    Indonesia
    Indonesia Supporters Club
    http://www.indotoon.com/

    Israel
    Israel Supporters Club
    http://nufcil.ios.st/

    Italy
    Italy Supporters Club
    http://www.italymagpies.it/engindex.html

    Malaysia
    Malaysia Supporters Club
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/55558129487/

    Poland
    Poland Supporters Club
    http://www.nufc.pl/

    Spain
    Toon Army supporters Club – Benalmadena
    http://www.toon-on-the-costa.info

    Singapore
    Singapore Supporters Club
    http://www.nufc.sg/

    South Africa
    Toon Fans South Africa
    http://www.toonfanssouthafrica.co.za

    Thailand
    Thailand Supporters Club
    http://www.nufcth.com

    USA
    USA Supporters Club
    http://www.toonarmynyc.com

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Wow we have a lot of supporters clubs around the world, these a just of our official site.

    United Kingdom

    Carrville Supporters Club

    Midlands Supporters Club

    London Supporters Club

    Scotland Supporters Club

    Yorkshire Supporters Club

    Australia
    Australia Supporters Club

    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Supporters Club

    Indonesia
    Indonesia Supporters Club

    Israel
    Israel Supporters Club

    Italy
    Italy Supporters Club

    Malaysia
    Malaysia Supporters Club

    Poland
    Poland Supporters Club

    Spain
    Toon Army supporters Club – Benalmadena

    Singapore
    Singapore Supporters Club

    South Africa
    Toon Fans South Africa

    Thailand
    Thailand Supporters Club

    USA
    USA Supporters Club

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Nobody has really had a chance to make a detailed assessment of de Jong -due to his injury. One or two on here suggest he is a bit slow.
    What happens if he turns out to be a right knacker.
    To the barricades -gather your pitchforks and light your torches!.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Firebug

    I would stick to the British ones

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #34

    beermonkey

    Me too mate, was just surprised a little.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Reasonable article in the Mag re the Chronicle being welcolmed back to SJP for the Chelsea game. Any coincidence this move had anything to do with Percy going,etcetc.
    link.

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/mike-ashley-lets-chronicle-back-january-madness-coincidence/

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  • Sav

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Another 5.5 million for Yanga M’Biwa to add to the 3mil Palace paid for Pardew brings us that bit closer to top 4 in the next Deloitte and Latouche league table. Sweet…
    By the way, as Carr is portrayed as a kind of genius and Chinless is just basically an accountant doing his job, and the new Head Coach won’t have any say in transfers in and out, if we continue to be crap, whose fault is it?
    We are told Carr buys so called ‘technical’ players and Perez is a big success story. But I mean, technically, Fecundo Ferreya is a player, isn’t he? Pards, we hear, preferred a bit more blood and thunder, up and under. So if we get another M’Biwa or a Ferreya or another shot-shy Riviere in the summer, is Carr to be bulletproof now and we assume the coach isn’t playing them right?
    And likewise, if the club’s ‘structure, philosophy, culture and long-term strategy keeps us mired in the bottom half (as 5 of the 7 Ashley Years have) can we expect Chinless to walk? How exactly are fans to evaluate their performances? And if the Manager/Coach can’t get success out of a bunch of players he didn’t choose and didn’t choose to sell halfway through the season, can he really be expected to carry the can for it by himself? Just because the Manager has to front-up for the cameras each week, he is going to invite the ire of fans while Carr is never seen and Charnley (almost) never speaks.
    This situation is ridiculous. They have created a situation in which success is very hard to imagine and one in which the boldest, most dynamic managers aren’t going to want to work. The Head Coach is on a hiding to nothing, while the king-makers, Carr and Chinless get off scot free. Its bullshit.

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  • Sav

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #37

    As an example, Charnley says the club has a value on every [player and if that is met (or exceeded), they sell. Similarly, Palace were told a figure for Pardew but Carnley excuses himself for having any contingency plan because he was ‘focusing entirely on supporting the manager’. Sorry, but that isn’t good enough. The conditions to sell a manger or a player are not only that your monetary valuation is met but also that you have an available replacement lined up. That is Charnley’s job. Yet we get a shrug of the shoulders and baloney about focusing on supporting Pardew.
    This necessity to have a ready replacement is especially acute in the winter window when you haven’t 3 months to window shop. Yet its happened to Cabaye, Ba and Carroll. Notice Liverpool wouldn’t accept Chelsea’s bid for their man until they had Carroll sewn up. NUFC is under no obligation (least of all financial) to accept any bid for staff. We aren’t desperate to sell players for track-suits and cones. Its time Charnley demonstrated some sense and some balls. And if he is going to take on speaking up for the club instead of hiding behind his Head Coach, he better get good and it and find some plausible answers.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #38

    I think if you get a coach who is on the same page as Carr then it CAN work well. But really, it’s still more dependent on Ashley occasionally paying that little more to get the right player at the right time, and getting all our ducks lined up in a row hasn’t ever happened for us in the past, so skeptical about it all is about as optimistic as you’d probably be able to reasonably be right now.

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  • Sav

    Jan 26, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #39

    If Carr is as good as his reputation and he recommends (so the papers tell us) Bony or Lacazette, for example, why doesn’t Ashley back him? Had he paid the 10 million or so for either one, he could be selling either today for twice or 3 times that. And of course, as fans, we’d have had a lot of fun in the meantime. But they don’t even show confidence when their guru says ‘He’s a good’un’.
    For every Cabaye and Perez there’s an M’Biwa or a Marveaux. We hear de Jong is a great talker and as for the ‘great bit of business’ buying the two Forrest lads for 7 million, that remains to be seen but neither are featuring much for Pearce lately. We fill up our squad quota with journeymen and that then becomes an excuse for not buying a decent striker when desperately needed.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 26, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #40

    A week of the transfer window left, all our dreams or nightmares yet to be realised.

    I wonder how big a gamble the slug will take. Definitely no first team players in but how many will leave?

    Such exciting times ahead, can’t wait for the rest of the season.

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