With Papiss Cisse out for seven games due to his suspension, Ayoze Perez seems all set to take center stage again for Newcastle United, in place of the 29 year-old Senegal International striker.
Ayoze Perez scoring his sensational goal against West Brom
How did he do that?
And the 21 year-old has already showed his can score some good goals in the Premier League, although those five goals were all scored last year, so maybe he can get his first goal this year at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Ayoze won the Tenerife Sportsman of the Year award earlier this week for his exploits at Newcastle this season, and at the ceremony on Monday night he had this to say about his short-term future:
“It would be a mistake to start thinking that leaving now – it is too early. I’ve been at Newcastle for a few months and I’m very happy. I continue to work as usual and I’m in no rush.”
“I just think about helping the team and returning all the trust they have given me. Everything else, if you keep working hard, sooner or later it will end up coming.”
Perez does not seem to be phased by big clubs being interested in him, and he seems to have his feet firmly on the ground, and he turned down Real Madrid and Barcelona to join Newcastle in the summer – because he had more chance of playing first team football at Newcastle.
He’s played 29 times this season for the Newcastle first team, and he was told during the negotiations that it was up to him to show he was good enough to play in Newcastle’s first team – and he’s done exactly that and improved a lot already this season.
That will only help Newcatsle get some good young players through the door this summer, as they see they will get every chance to play in the first team, which is not always true at the bigger clubs.
This is what the youngster has told Diario de Avisos today:
“The truth is I can’t ask for any more because 2014 was a great year in every way. It is wonderful how things have gone in no time. It has changed my life, as from almost not playing in Tenerife to playing in the Premier League, the jump as been great.”
“I have progressed so quickly and things have changed so much. As I said, 2014 was a great year for me and I just hope that 2015 follows the same line.” “There are ten pretty important matches to come and it is a tough schedule.”
“It is true that we have not been consistent, but we want to try to finish the season as high as possible. We want to end the season with a good feeling before starting to prepare for next season.”
Spoken like a true team player, and Ayoze seems just a smashing lad who is thankful to Newcastle for giving him his big chance.
Certainly it seems Ayoze is a big star back home in Tenerife, and we can only assume Newcastle United is now one of the favorite clubs over there.
Ayoze will have a huge opportunity to show how much he has improved at Newcastle this season, over the last 10 games of the season.
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