We’ve watched Paul Simpson’s nufcTV interview now a couple of times, and he talks about a whole range of subjects and the assistant coach is certainly very willing to talk about the coaching staff are doing, and what’s going on with the players.
One of the things we’ve been just a little worried about is whether Ayoze Perez will get enough first team games this season, given we brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic and we still have Papiss Cisse.
Ayoze Perez – in action against Arsenal
But with Mitrovic out for the next three games, there seems to be a chance that Ayoze Perez could be the one to replace the Serbian in the absence of the Serbian International.
“We have got options because of the players we have available it’s given us a lot of food for thought.” “I thought the performance of Ayoze Perez in the game against Northampton gave us a massive lift, to see him play as that lone striker was excellent.”
“We have got Papiss Cisse who has, you know, done that job early in the season and he is more than capable of doing it again.” “Florian Thauvin, who had to go and play that half striker role against Arsenal did it very well.”
“So we have got lots of options, we’ve got them across the midfield and in the wide areas as well.” “We have a couple of extra options in the forward areas as well.”
“So it is certainly giving Steve McClaren a few headaches as to what team to pick.”
Paul also talked about maybe changing the system a bit to use more of our players and so far this season we have played in the familiar 4-2-3-1 system.
But maybe – at least at home – we could play in a 4-4-2 formation so we have two strikers in the middle up front, which could give us more of a threat.
Certainly if we continue to be short of goals, that will be something Steve, Paul and the rest of the coaching staff will need to sort out.
But there are some hints there from Paul Simpson, that maybe Ayoze Perez could start on Monday night at Upton Park, and when he’s played for the first team so far this season, the Spanish U20 International has looked very good.
Ayoze is one of the top prospects at the club today, and already a firm favorite with the Newcastle fans.
What do you think?