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Top Newcastle Signing One Year On

9:35 am, Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

It was one year ago two days ago that Spanish U20 International Ayoze Perez made his debut for Newcastle and the 22 year-old has taken to Twitter to thank Newcastle fans for their support.

Ayoze was signed for around £1.4M from Tenerife and was brought in for Peter Beardsley’s Development squad but he did very well for us last season and scored 7 goals in 39 appearances for Newcastle last season.

ayoze perez flicks it home

Ayoze Perez scoring at West Brom

Ayoze Perez was brought on in the 83rd minute for Manu Riviere in the opening game at home to Manchester City which we ended up losing 2-0.

This is what Ayoze tweeted yesterday:

With Newcastle having brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is younger than Ayoze, it could be that the Spanish youngster doesn’t play as much this season, but it’s one of Steve McClaren’s jobs to bring players through on Tyneside.

We’ll have to see how things go through the end of the year, but if Perez doesn’t get enough playing time he could even be sent out on loan.

Ayoze is a smashing lad and must be given his chance this season, because he showed he can deliver the goods,  under what were very trying circumstances last season at Newcastle.

Here’s Perez’ sensational goal at West Brom last season just to remind you of this lad’s skills.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ayoze Perez · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Premier League

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM


    You’re right…but we have bought in some quality so things should improve.

    I think I forecasted 9th / 10th as a finish in the poll we did a couple of weeks ago and I think we’ll do well to do that…the major factor in that is SM’s ability to make the sum total of the parts greater than individual pieces…and that won’t be easy with too many spineless frogs in the team.

    We’re stuck in that third tier of the premiership.

    Top five is the top five.

    You’ve then got Spurs, Southampton, Stoke, Liverpool and Everton fighting for next five spaces and we’re in that bunch beneath them because that’s what our squad is capable of in comparison to the rest.

    We’ve bought fairly well but so has everyone else…in real terms we’ve slipped down the pecking order a bit

  • 2 martoon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    sparky55 @1 – Just checked you predicted 8th with 59 points 🙂
    Actually I’m a little disappointed with Ed – he said he would publish the result but so far nada, nowt!

  • 3 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Martoon…you must have caught me on an optimistic day 🙂

  • 4 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Would probably put swansea in that 2nd tier as well!

  • 5 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM


    I’m not having a go at Armstrong, I’m glad he’s on loan learning the game in a demanding league. Unlike some of the other youngsters we’ve let rot in previous years. The we hype Armstrong the more pressure that builds on him, I just want the youngster to grow as a player without us speculating on greatness or lack of greatness. I’m glad we’ve chosen Coventry for this loan spell though, Mowbray will hopefully help him alot

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    Are people drunk here? We are truly be lucky if we are near the top 10.
    Truthfully there are far superior teams than us that have been playing longer together too.

    I reckon we will do well if we finish 10th. That is if we get Abdenour and co at the back.

  • 7 hibbit // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    not sure many on here understand the importance of game time to our kids the odd cameo in the prem did nothing for arma but 20 games with coventry then 20 games with a championship club we could have a far better player returned to us

  • 8 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    Maybe he’s waiting for the window to close and the international break, he may publish them then

  • 9 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Yes its certainly not turning out like we had hoped. In fairness I predicted 3-1 against Swansea so i dont know why i was do so disappointed. I couldnt believe the optimism on here for that game – something like 70% said we would win or draw! Especially at Southampton should have beaten us at the end. I am pleased with the signings but beginning to have more reservations re Carr as it looks like Cabella ( clearly a Carr choice ) is not going to make the grade. It can no longer be said that Carr is a guru in scouting and if this is the case, and Ashley is wedded to his model of buying young talent and selling them on, we may need to look at Carrs position and the power he now wields.

  • 10 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Perez needs to be played. He is a fine talent, mature and composed

  • 11 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Gorgon…Like I said…Martoon got me on an optimistic day but well and truly back down to earth after that no-show in Swansea.

    Macca needs to perform some miracles for sure

  • 12 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Cabella never looked like making it in the premier league. Siem De jong looks like another crock.

    Reason why we have fallen so far down is because we made some terrible signings. Gouffran, haidara, Anita, Siem, cabella etc.

  • 13 martoon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Our Toon @8 – You could well be right – in international breaks there will be some slow news days so Ed will want some ‘fill in’ articles to maintain his quota to keep the advertisers happy 😀
    Sparky55 – I think a lot of people were optimistic then – I think if I did it now there would be a lot of downgrading of points and league position!

  • 14 hibbit // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    i find it very worrying when clubs a commenting on the fitness/coaching of our loan players 2 players out on loan 2 public comments

  • 15 Jib // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    All clubs make terrible signings
    Did you see a certain Mario Balotelli sitting in the stands at Anfield last night ?

  • 16 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    Why do you always blame Carr? He’s given a remit and tries to find players that fit that strict remit. Is it Carr’s fault that we couldn’t afford:

    Abouymang (wrong spelling)

    And the list goes on and on. He’s a scout, no scout gets it right all the time, look at the money Liverpool wasted last season, Di Maria and that list is huge as well.

    It’s up to the managers to get the best out of the players scouted and bought in but it has to be the right player as well and not the 5th or 10th choice player on the list as seems to be the case more often than not with us

  • 17 martoon // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) @6 – I don’t want you to spontaneously combust but quite a few people had us for winning the League or FA cup!

  • 18 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM


    I disagree on Gouffran being a terrible signing, we bought him for 1.5m or less, for that money he’s been more productive than some of the lads who we spent 10 or 15 times that value

  • 19 Bobbybee // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Nobody can judge Arma on his cameos for the first team. It’s laughable. Booting long high balls towards him and his six foot plus marker isn’t any way to judge the lad. Look at the finishing for his four goals so far at Coventry – he’s done that at every other level. Play to his strengths – which is running through the channels like an on form Michael Owen – and he’ll score at any level. I’ve watched him right through the system and I don’t have one percent doubt that he ‘ll go all the way to the top. The more you watch him, the more you realise he’s just a natural goalscorer. Pace and power, but more importantly, finishing like an old pro. The only reason I made the bet on his England career is that I know he’ll be sold before he breaks Shearer’s at the Toon. This ain’t anything new from me, I’ve been telling anybody who’ll listen for over two years that this kid will break records and nothing I’ve seen since has altered that opinion. He’s actually broken two already. He scored the highest marks two weeks ago for any Coventry player – 9.4 – in the Wigan game, then broke that v Millwall by getting 9.6. Too late for me not to get carried away I’m afraid and I can only assume anybody who doesn’t think he’ll make it is basing that on his cameos.

  • 20 kimbo // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    If we average a point a game then we will be safe but I can see us getting 35 points or less. Drop Anita and Obertan and try to stop crosses coming from the wings and we could of stopped 3 goals especially with a new CD player at about 6ft4. Quite simple but Wally with a Brolly can`t see it. We had our best spell last year with Abeid in midfield not ANITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 21 firebug666 // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM


    I will stick with 15th, I think our squad and staff should be good for that.

    Munster Mag

    I think Carr has a very difficult job mate, he is given a remit that he has to follow, the player has to be of a certain age, affordable, and within an expected wage structure, then he has to be the right player for the club, and fit in.

    I don’t blame Carr for his choices, just like the head coach he has to work with what he is given. Most of his recommendations are no doubt turned down, and bought up by the likes of Swansea.

    He would probably do a better job at a club willing to spend the money.

  • 22 nufc 11 // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Is it really the 3 million difference we havent signed Austin already? I cannot think for 1 reason why we are signing thavuin, why not keep cabella and sign austin who can score goals for fun? Sell Cisse if need be, Makes sense doesnt it? Matt Philips at qpr was one of the best crossers of the ball last season perfect foil for mitrovic and austin if he comes? nufc not interested no we didnt have enough trouble with HBA we want another younger version in thauvin just for team spirit, for drama is it? I thought Mac was looking for the right ones? Boyatta went to celtic 1.5million wait and see hel join a top 6 team 15/20 in 18 months, if we was playing france wed have paid 10 million for him, beggers believe nufc, Michael Dawson wasted in the chamionship 2 year deal comon I could do a better job than Carr at this rate.

  • 23 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Liverpool can afford a few terrible signings because they spend serious money and finish up with a high quality team regardless of the failures. That’s the way all the top teams work. To succeed in the PL these days you have to have that big money, or, have really astute people at the helm who can make the most of the transfer dollars available to them.

  • 24 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Re Carr choices , why can we always say that its Ashleys fault ?? How many gem signings has he made that have been brilliant for us or have seriously jumped in value? Of course, the coaching and Ashleys budget comes into this too, but why is Carr blameless? Why is it that ” In Carr we trust ” . Because of Cabaye ? Tiote ? Who’s fault s it that Cabella looks like a failiure. Pardews?? Santon was a bad buy – terrible defender. Mbiwa wasnt suitable to english football. I just think we have invested far too much faith in Carr. Maybe I’m being harsh because the club has problems all over, but he is help us as a gem at the club and i am no longer certain why ???

  • 25 firebug666 // Aug 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Munster Mag

    I’m not saying he is blameless, nor a great scout, But that he has a very difficult job.

    I would think that being on the board (a mistake imo) would allow him to think bigger and better players, and maybe to an extent that has happened, but he is still restricted.

    You are right when you say the club has problems all over, for me Charnley is totally out of his depth as MD, Carr and McClaren should not be on the board of directors (penny pinching to save employing proper directors) and even with a few new faces nothing seems to have changed on the pitch, as a collective they should all be gotten rid of. As individuals they are all useless, and as a collective they are a disaster.

    But then this is NUFC after all.

  • 26 Ian Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Bobbybee- I exchanged a post with a new blogger from Exeter the other evening. He had blogged on the 1960’s and Fairs Cup which is when he first started following the Toon. Looking through some old programmes my father had bequeathed me I noticed just how many youth products had come through to be regulars in the first team.
    What you see in Armstrong is young homegrown and capable of playing in the starting team. I have watched Armstrong a couple of times which is not enough to form a definitive view but he looks a good prospect. Other family members say he’s got a direct dribbling style, great at picking the ball up in midfield and quickly counter attacking at break knock speed. But that he has not been used properly at PL level. Aside from not having a confrontational dribbling style he sounded rather like Stirling @ Mancity.
    On the question of writing off our season after a few games I have said many times that early season form can be misleading. Given the mess Carver left the club in and our disastrous pre season I have suggested we won’t be up to speed until around 10 PL games. This will be after International break , closing window and bedding in new acquisitions.

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