One player who was simply delighted that Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle United as manager on Friday was our young Spanish star – Ayoze Perez – who knew about Rafa when he managed his home town club Tenerife way back in 2000.
Rafa got them promoted to La Liga in his first season there – and then he joined Valencia.
Ayoze Perez – a big boost for this youngster
Rafa was asked what he thought of Newcastle’s young rising star:
“I was pleased because I spoke to people face to face. I was surprised by Ayoze, because I thought he was less mature, but he is mature.”
“He analysed the situation with me and it he was good and quite clear, he was like the players who have more experience. I was impressed because he understands what is going on.”
“He was very clear about what he needs and I will try to give it him. I was also manager of Tenerife so I know a lot of people there and we have talked about how good he is.”
One of the areas that Ayoze has to improve on is his consistency and he knows that, but with six goals this season he’s our second top goalscorer.
So maybe Benitez is hoping Ayoze can get the goals for us over the last 10 games of the season.
We have to score to win – so it’s important that somebody starts banging in those goals for Newcastle.
It would be great if one of those players can be 22 year-old Perez, who may even get a start tonight at the King Power Stadium.