Steve McClaren over the last couple of game has taken both of our young strikers – Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic out of the firing line and replaced them with the more experienced players in Papiss Cisse and Siem de Jong.
On Sunday against Liverpool Siem got his first Premier League start this season and played in the withdrawn number 10 striker role behind Cisse and had a good game and his experience helped the side.
That game will have done Siem a lot of good and he will start at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Ayoze Perez – in action against Liverpool
It was very unlucky on Perez that he was dropped for Sunday’s game and he’s still one of the brightest lights at Newcastle and he did replace the Dutch International in the second half.
Perez is looking forward to the game on Sunday at a venue where he scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle last season in the 2-1 win.
This is what Ayoze has said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s a special place for me.” “It is a nice stadium and it made me feel proud to score there. We now go there to try to get three points and keep climbing the table.”
“It would be really good to score there again.” “We are looking up now. We moved up a place after beating Liverpool and hope to move further soon.”
“Against Tottenham we have the chance to do that.” “We know the table is tight. Whether we can get one or three points it could help us a lot going into Christmas.”
“Every week you can see how crazy this league is. You have to be ready for every single game.” “The good thing is we have fight.”
“We can try to win the games. Sometimes you can’t play the perfect game but you have to take points.” “The team was very good on Sunday and we put in a good performance.”
“We pressed and fought for everything. It’s a good thing for us to get confidence after some tough times.”
“Now we are ready for the next game against Tottenham. We’re really happy to get the win against Liverpool, it was very important for us and we are now feeling more confident.”
“I came on and played a part. After a few minutes we scored, then we defended the lead we had.” “It’s hard because Liverpool are a great team but we got the result.”
It’s going to be really tough to get something out of the game on Sunday – make no mistake about that.
But if our lads can fight and show the passion, determination and guts they showed against Liverpool then anything is possible.