Ayoze Perez has given an interview with MARCA which took place before yesterday´s heavy defeat at Manchester City and Ayoze comes over as a pleasant young man who is very respectful of Newcastle United – the club that gave him his big chance last season and one that Ayoze took with both feet.
Ayoze Perez challenges David Silva yesterday
And the Spanish U20 star seems to be making a decent partnership up front and Ayoze and Aleksandar Mitrovic played well in the first half yesterday before we collapsed in those first 20 minutes of the second half.
Ayoze and Aleksandar are good friends both on and off the files.
Here´s the question and answers published by MARCA:
Question: You have started three matches and come on as a sub in four more. Were you expecting to play more?
Perez: Maybe I did expect to feature a bit more in the opening rounds of fixtures, but the start of the season is complicated: new signings had come in, as well as a new coach…. Now it seems my hard work is paying off. I’m feeling pretty good, very close to 100%.
Question: You shot to prominence at Tenerife, but you seem to have completed your apprenticeship at Newcastle.
Perez: The demands of the Premier League make you learn and improve you as a player. It’s a very competitive league where the pace of the game is fast and furious. I’m known above all for my technical ability, but I have to show that I’m willing to put in a shift defensively too. You have to give your all.
Question: Since joining Newcastle you’ve played on the right, in the hole, on the left, through the middle up front… Where do you feel most comfortable?
Perez: That versatility benefits me. I’ve operated in several positions and I’m happy to adapt to whatever the coach decides, but where I’m most comfortable is as a support striker, where I played against Chelsea.
Question: What’s your relationship like with Aleksandar Mitrovic, your new strike partner?
Perez: We get on really well both on and off the pitch considering how little time we’ve known each other for.
Question: Why didn’t you end up at Tottenham in the summer?
Perez: Tottenham and especially Mauricio Pochettino were really interested, which is hugely flattering for me. At the end of the day nothing came of it because Newcastle considered me an important player and wouldn’t let me leave. (good answer).
Question: You scored seven goals in the Premier League last season. Have you set out to surpass that total?
Perez: As a striker, it’s my job to score goals. I got a decent number last time round and although second-season syndrome can be an issue, particularly in England, my aim is to improve on that tally.
Ayoze Perez has again forced himself into the starting line-up and along with Mitrovic these two young strikers can help Newcastle get some goals in the Premier League and hopefully start climbing the league.
In our Man of the Match poll for the game yesterday Mitrovic won it easily with 69% with Perez third on 7% just a few votes behind the impressive Mbemba also on 7%.
It´s important the fans stay behind the team for the next crucial games against opposition outside of the top eight clubs.