It’s going to be interesting with Steve McClaren playing one man up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation, how much he utilizes 22 year-old Ayoze Perez, who has looked good when he’s played for the first team this year.
Perez had a terrific season in his first year on Tyneside, scoring 7 goals in 39 appearances, and so far this season he’s made 3 appearances and he’s looked sharp.
Ayoze Perez in action at Old Trafford
Ayoze was said to be a potential transfer target of Spurs in the last couple of days, and it seems Spurs asked Newcastle about his availability and we said no way.
We’re not sure whether the £15M quoted was what the London club were really prepared to pay for the player.
Ayoze has a great attitude and he has said this today:
“It’s harder because I had a good season last year, and I have to keep going and improve and maybe do better if I can,” “That’s what I want to do.”
“I did good numbers, but I have to keep working every day and in training.”
“I don’t think about the numbers or to do better than last year – just work and do my best for the team.”
“I always want to improve so that’s a good goal. I always want to be better so if I can score more goals, that’s a good thing for me.”
“I feel fit, I feel comfortable with the team and I’m happy with the start of the season.”
“I have to keep working. My first year was a really good year and I hope this one will be the same or better.”
“I’m still thinking the same – like it’s a dream. In a big game, sometimes I can’t believe it.”
When Perez looks so good it’s not surprising because Newcastle beat out both Barcelona and Rel Madrid to his signature last summer, and he only cost €2M.
Ayoze is one of the players who can ensure we have a decent season this term, and one thing we don’t want to be doing is fighting at the bottom of the league table again, against relegation.
We’ve had enough of that over the last three years.
What we have to do in the next few games is to get some points on the board, with Newcastle being second bottom of the league with Sunderland rock bottom after only four games played.