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 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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