One of the successes at Newcastle last season was 22 year-old striker Ayoze Perez, and he’s already shaping up to be another big success this season and he has forced himself into being a starter for the club and looks to be forming an excellent partnership with 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic.
It also helps that Ayoze and Aleksandar are good friends off the pitch and like each other.
Ayoze Perez scoring last time out against Norwich City
Newcastle have lost the last five derby games so Ayoze has tasted defeat twice already in these games, but he looks determined to change that tomorrow.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle:
“The supporters are very passionate here. You can’t say anything about Sunderland, it’s a big rivalry! We have to take the three points there and everybody will be happy.”
“It’s a special one. We are trying to win there, and we want to do it as we did against Norwich, in a good way. It’s going to be difficult but if we have to do our jobs and if we do that we can win there.”
“We have our own derby in the Canary Isles. It’s really nice to play in these type of games.”
“You have to leave nothing on the pitch. I hope I can be on the field on Sunday and leave it as a victor with my team-mates.”
“We’re all going into it feeling really happy. We needed it. We deserved to get the win and to climb away from the bottom of the Premier League table.”
“That’s a real lift, we got three points, got our first victory and we scored a lot of goals. We feel we can breathe again. We are looking forward to the derby.”
Tottenham were supposed to bid £15M for Ayoze on the last day of the summer transfer window and Manchester United are also said to be interested.
Ayoze is a smashing lad and a good professional and if Newcastle are going to build up a good side that can win something in the future – make that the near future – we need to keep players like Perez at the club.
What Newcastle should be doing is sitting down with his agent and giving him a new improved long-term deal – he can help bring success to Newcastle.
And that Ayoze-Mitrovic partnership can be a devastating one in a year or so.