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.
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.