McClaren Hoping He Can Keep This Player In January

Ayoze Perez seems to be carrying on from where he left off last season and he has now started for Newcastle in the last seven league games and will start tomorrow when we are at home to Leicester City in what promises to be a difficult game.

Ayoze was signed for a measly €2M from Tenerife seventeen months ago and now Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be interested in the 22 year-old.

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Ayoze Perez – in big demand

We would be very surprised if Newcastle sell Perez in January although the bigger threat is that a big offer comes in for him this summer and it meets Mike Ashley´s valuation and therefore he will be sold.

It seems that will happen however important he is to Newcastle and maybe that´s one major reason we are having trouble building a top side at Newcastle with Mike Ashley as the owner – we keep selling our best players.

Obviously Steve McClaren is keen to keep one of his best players on Tyneside – and the Newcastle head coach was asked if Perez could leave Newcastle in January:

“January is not here yet and we’ll only know at the end of that month when we hold on to our best players.”

“He’s getting development, a good education, the right training and most important of all, he is playing.”

“Ayoze is someone who is doing well and his career is definitely best served here.”

“He’s getting development, a good education, the right training and most important of all, he is playing.”

“Here, the fans love him, his team-mates love him and we love him too.” “It’s a great environment for Ayoze to develop.”

“He has forced his way in,”  “I knew a lot more about the other players in his position.”

“Ayoze had limited opportunities pre-season but stuck at it and he’s taken his chance.”

It´s not good that Steve McClaren doesn´t know whether he will have Perez or any of our other star players by the end of January,

We just have to hope that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have learned from the many mistakes they have made and that includes what we did – or didn´t do – in last January’s transfer window.

Since Mike Ashley said in May he wanted to build a top side at Newcastle we are assuming Newcastle can keep our good players at the club.

Well – at least for the rest of this season.

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