Newcastle Youngster Surprised How Well He’s Done


21 year-old Ayoze Perez has had a really good first season on Tyneside,  and in his 29 total appearances this season he has scored five Premier League goals.

ayoze perez in action at Palace

Ayoze Perez in action against Crystal Palace

But interim coach John Carver took him out of the firing line a few weeks ago because John thought he needed a rest, but with Papiss Cisse suspended for seven games, Ayoze could be back in the starting line-up on Sunday at Everton.

And it’s going to be an important game for the team and for John Carver,  and we have a decent chance of winning the game, with Everton hosting Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Perez is said to be interesting both Arsenal and Manchester United, but he turned down Real Madrid and other big clubs last summer because he wanted first team football, so he’s unlikely to want to leave Newcastle, where he has settled in well and has been given substantial playing time this season and the lad has made great progress.

But Ayoze knows he will have to continue to bulk up physically, if he is to continue his rapid progress in the Premier League, and he had this to say to Match Magazine:

“Even I’m surprised how well my season is going so far – it really is a dream come true. I’ve always regarded the Premier League as the best in the world ad have always dreamed of coming here.”

“Every team’s got big, strong players – I face that challenge in every game. I’m a bit weak in the strength and physicality department, but I’m working on that.”

“We all know how good Luis Suarez is. Being compared with him flatters me – I would sign right now to be half the player he is,” 

We’d be very surprised if Ayoze isn’t at Newcastle come September, and one thing Newcastle need to do if we want to build up a good side is to keep our best players.

If we keep selling them regularly,  there’s just no way we can ever challenge for the top six again in the Premier League.

Making money hand over fist is good only to a certain extent at a football club, and you will not see many top clubs making huge profits every year.

That’s because they spend a large portion of those profits on ensuring they have a top squad with top players.

And that’s one reason they are at the top of the league table and Newcastle aren’t.

When the (huge) profits for the last financial year (2013-2014) are announced by Newcastle (what’s holding them up?),  we are hoping there will be a statement from the club that more investment will be made in the playing squad in future years.

You have to invest every year to move any business forward, and if you don’t do that you lose ground, there’s no such thing as standing still in business.

You are either moving forward or going back.

What do you think?

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5 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Ayoze Perez will be a fantastic player in the future, he has the potential to be one of the world greats in the game.

    Do Newcastle recognise that? Most likely yes they do, but there only interest is how will that translate into pounds sterling.

    He will be great, but unlikely to be playing for us.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    firebug we will be lucky if he is here another 12m the first offer that hits there number and he will be gone

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Firebug,
    Why would appointing a new head coach be doing something for the team or fans? Everything the club do is calculated. It isn’t just on a whim. They will be looking to see if they think Carver will keep the club afloat next season. There is little evidence to suggest he could, but a few more good results and they may well have that.

    Even if we got a new coach in, that doesn’t mean it is someone the fans want. They will look to appoint someone who can get them safety. Again it will be a calculated decision based on what evidence they have available to them.

    Everything they do is, the last 2 Jan windows are further evidence of this, they have looked at what we have, the squad, and calculated that we are safe. Therefore it is okay to allow players to leave, without any incomings.

    It is what many fans refer to on here as a gamble, but in reality it is the decision based on whatever number crunching and analysis they have done. Even with Carver, and the current depleted squad in the last 10 games only West Brom and Palace have won more points than us. We have moved closer to West Ham who now occupy 10th, then we have to QPR/Sunderland/Hull/Burnley/Villa/Leicester.

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe earlier- In no small measure the fall off is down to the current standing of NUFC and disaffected fans. The negative consequences of which have turned many of us to reading Ed’s contribution and distancing ourselves from those that are incapable of comments; without resorting to insults which immediately weaken their simplistic arguments.

    Why would anyone offer a rational response to deranged and often childishly selective rants?

    Like you my abiding view is that I am a Toon fan. First and foremost.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    hibbit

    Lucky indeed mate, he’s not the only one either. Aarons and Sammy Ameobi may be gone this summer.

    As usual with our club profit comes before success, and although Aarons and Ameobi will be out of contract so we will get nothing for them, they will be off the wage bill. I would love them to offer Aarons a new deal that would keep him here like.

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I agree their choice of head coach will be whoever suites them rather than the fans, that’s my point.

    I would like someone like Garde to come in with a decent backroom staff appointed. In truth I don’t see it happening.

    The club on the other hand think Carver is doing a great job for them, (two wins out of ten games). So if they do replace him it will be most likely with someone of the same ilk, a Pardew type.

    With ten more games to go, if Carver’s win ratio stays the same (2) and he gets a couple of draws we may manage 14th maybe a bit higher, but surly that would be the end of him?

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