It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with 21 year-old Ayoze Perez this summer, because the youngster himself has said he wants to stay at Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez after scoring at West Brom
Ayoze chose Newcastle over other bigger clubs in the summer, because he thought he would have a better chance of getting first team games on Tyneside, and that’s turned out to be the case, with Perez having already made 29 appearances with five PL goals for the first team.
And interim head coach John Carver has also said that although there’s interest in the Spanish U21 International from side like the two Manchester clubs, Newcastle intend to keep him this summer:
“I’m not surprised that there is interest. He’s a young lad and an exciting talent,”
“I know for a fact there is interest. You go in coaches’ rooms after games and have a chat. A few people have spoken very highly of him, which is good. I had a good chat with Brian Kidd at Man City about him.”
“He’s made the next step in his career and this is a fantastic place to continue that development.” “When we signed him, we thought he would have a full season in the under-21 team developing,”
“He was thrown in at the deep end and he dealt with it. I could see him starting to look a little bit jaded, which is one of the reasons he was taken out of the firing line.”
“He’s got five goals – just behind Papiss (note – Cisse has 11) . I took him out of the firing line and I was right to do so,”
“Whether he is ready for it at the moment, only time will tell but we’ll find out on Sunday. It has helped him having a bit of a break.”
“There was an awful lot of pressure on this young lad coming from Tenerife and being thrown into our cauldron, as we know it is.”
“But I thought he dealt with it well and it’s part of my job to deal with him and one of the other young players – Adam Armstrong – to make sure they don’t disappear into the wilderness.”
Ayoze is very likely to return to the starting line-up today at Everton, where hopefully we can get only our third win in 11 games under John Carver.
In the summer there is likely to be some bids come in for Perez, and even though the club have said they want to keep Perez on Tyneside, we’ll just have to see if Mike Ashley can resist the money that’s offered for the 21 year-old.
In the past the Newcastle owner has sold a player if the bid is high enough and meets his valuation of the player.
So we suppose that will decide whether he stays of goes – how big the bids will be for a youngster we paid only £1.6M for in the summer, when be bought him from Tenerife.
A £10M offer and we think he’s gone.
What do you think?
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