It seems that 22 year-old Ayoze Perez enjoyed the club tour in America, and he was shocked at the great welcome the team received in the states – but Newcastle are a popular team seen on TV around the world every single weekend during the season.
And even last season when things were not good (an understatement), we still had some famous wins – like beating Chelsea and ending their 24 game unbeaten run in early December, and that final game – when we beat West Ham 2-0 was something to see – with the lads and the crowd simply fantastic.
Steve McClaren watched that game at a friend’s home, and he keeps bringing it up in his interviews, of how a club can come together when it really really matters.
Ayoze Perez – what a goal at West Brom!!
Perez has once again realized he’s at a huge club, and the very promising striker has been interviewed in the Chronicle, and it’s another good interview.
This is what Ayoze said:
“It is a surprise.” “When you come to America, somewhere so far away from Newcastle, and see the support for the team, it is unbelievable. I did not expect this.”
“I am pleased that we were able to go to them, to play in front of them, to train for them and to meet them. They are great supporters who love the Club as much as anyone.”
“Seeing the support for us in New Zealand last year and now America this year, shows what a big club Newcastle is.”
“I am proud to play for such a huge team and we will do everything on the pitch to make the fans proud as well.”
“We were disappointed to finish with a loss.” “In the first half against Portland we were in a bad way. We didn’t work as a team.”
“In the second half we were much better but it is important that we keep working and improving in the final three friendlies.”
“Of course, we want to win every game we play but also it is pre-season so it is about being physically ready and making sure we are playing the way the head coach wants us to.”
“It is all about being ready for the first Premier League game of the season, against Southampton.”
We hope to see Perez making similar progress like he did last season, when he scored some very important goals for us – including that goal of the season at West Brom.
Ayoze turned 22 six days ago, and that makes him about fourteen months older than Mitrovic – so our new signing from Anderlecht is really young – for a player who is already so good.
It looks like Chancel Mbemba will be signed and introduced as late as Monday as Newcastle wait for the work permit – but maybe they are also waiting for word from the FIFA investigation on just how old he is?
And to finish with – something good – here’s that goal of the season from Perez – the sound isn’t that good – but the video is.