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 – 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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