McClaren Explains Why He Wont Play A Match Winner

It´s been a little strange that Ayoze Perez has not played much for Newcastle over the last few games, although he was brought on late in the game after 84 minutes last Wednesday night at Stoke with Seydou Doumbia – and they both made a difference to Newcastle who started to look more threatening up front.

But that didn´t say much because we looked like puff pastry in the final third all night long at Stoke and it was obvious very early on that Steve McClaren was only going for a 0-0 draw.

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Ayoze Perez – too inconsistent

In his press interview yesterday Steve was asked about Perez’s lack of involvement recently:

“He’s a damn good player.”

“He’s a match winner, and he’s a young player developing who needs more consistency in his game, in terms of during a game and game to game.”

“We’ve said that to him.” “He’s still maturing. Players with great ability like that are sometimes like that, aren’t they?”

It´s not strange that a young player like Ayoze suffers with inconsistency as he is coming through and still developing his game.

It´s unlikely that Perez will be recalled to the starting line-up today, but Seydou looked much sharper than he´s looked so far.

The Ivorian almost got us the equalizer in stoppage time on Wednesday, but goalkeeper Jack Butland made that great save.

Maybe Seydou will not start today, but we´d like to see him get a good run-out this afternoon in the second half – the 28 year-old striker can get us some goals this season.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far


    Mar 5, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    what are the chances of anita and Gouffran starting tonight

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 5, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Consistency comes through encouragement, ability and playing. For me Perez has been played out of position which is not the players fault. He’s a natural in the hole player, he tracks back and intercepts more balls than most of the attacking midfielders and for me he would be the last player I would drop. I know Wijnaldum plays the same position but with Townsend out Wijnaldum would be on the left with Perez filling the hole in the middle behind Doumbia or Mitro. Incidentally Mitro plays far better when he knows Perez is behind him.

    I stuck up for McClaren as everything seemed to be coming together before the Xmas break but now its a shambles. Townsend is a good buy but Shelvey I’m not sure about and he definitely is not captain material. He was disruptive at Swansea and that alongside his attitude and inconsistency is why they sold him. He is a very good player but only when he’s in the mood.

    Like many fans if we lose today and McClaren gets the boot it may be the only way forward. If we win it’s a bonus but if we lose it won’t be the end of the world providing the board act. If they don’t they deserve everything they get.

    If it was my money Penfold, Car and Co were throwing down the drain there would be consequences, infact they would all have got the boot in July pre-season but you reap what you sew

  • ArtyH

    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Bournemouth will know exactly how McTool will set out his team and they will prepare for this. He should change it up and start Doumbia & Perez and tell them to run their guts out as they will be replaced at the interval. Then he should put on whoever he was going to start with originally. Just break the mould, something different, something for the fans to get excited about. Problem is, he is a rabbit caught in the headlights, like his predecessors is a one trick pony and its a dead one. There will be no changes today, so prepare for a long drawn out slog with a draw at best. Dont know what will be a good result really, as if we loose he must surely be sacked and replaced! However I wouldn’t bet on it as we are a shambles from top to bottom.


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