The Benitez Boost – Newcastle Have Already Grown As A Team

Ayoze Perez has been linked over the last few days with four Premier League clubs, but that’s all paper talk and the Spanish U-21 forward is going nowhere this summer.

Ayoze has been delighted that one of Spain’s most famous managers is now at Newcastle and the young forward has talked today of the impact Rafa Benitez has already made at the club.

Rafa has already had extensive changes made at the Benton Training grounds with the internal configuration of the rooms so the players can relax more between training sessions and build up team spirit in the process.


Ayoze Perez in action against Swansea last season

Rafa conducts two training sessions on some days to ensure the players are ultra-fit and he also holds sessiosn on tactics.

He has also had a couple of pitches relaid with the more modern 4G technology artificial turf from the much older and existing 3G technology, to help cut down on injuries.

And Rafa has equipped the gym with new and better equipment and all that will be ready when the first batch of players returns back to pre-season today.

Ayoze is looking forward to becoming a better player under the guidance of Benitez and he has had this to say  about the impact the man has already had on Tyneside:

“For me and for everyone it has been a boost. You can see what he has done to us as a team.”

“We have really grown as a team and as individuals, that’s really good for us as a club. We can all move forward now under the manager.”

“We have great support and if we keep going the way we did at the end of last season we will be back really soon.”

Perez has scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for Newcastle so far – and  he knows one area of improvement for him is in his consistency.

But that particular weakness is not  that unusual for such a young player.

One big positive with Ayoze is that he is so positive and upbeat about things at Newcastle, even now when we have just been relegated.

He’s a smashing lad!

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Veltmann

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Roy and Harry are biggest yes men.
    If I were the FA,I would go for foreign coaches like Rudi García,not another British.I have nothing against Roy but he might get too old to manage situations and change things quickly before his team collapsed like a laughing stock.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Think next season they need to give Perez a run as a #10 off a striker, at least 10-15 games. Its his position and playing wide I think has stalled him slightly. He should prove far too good for the championship and really should be looking at 15 goals next season. For me I’d be working hard on the partnership between him and Mitrovic as there were times that it looked like they could click if it was worked at!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3


    We cant have foreign coaches either. The media take a massive strop as soon as a foriegn manager tries to keep them out of something involving the team, and a massive witch hunt is started to discredit him. It was a disgrace what happened to sven.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    To get the best out of Perez we need to sort the balance out of the team as I think his performances show he is not a left winger but will do a job !

    We need to get both wings operating to create the space in the middle for him to thrive and get chances as he is a brilliant finisher but rarely gets the chances in the areas he needs to be in

    Same with Wijnaldum they both wanted to cut inside and go into the middle and would often get crowded out

  • cjtoon

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5


    I totally agree the Perez Mitro partnership showed a lot of promise and In reality they should be able to torment the Championship. One of the only decisions I didn’t understand from Rafa was to use Cisse instead – Mitro is the one to build around at the top of the pitch – he’s young and he will get there. He bullies defenders, they must hate playing against him.

    In terms of natural ability Perez is up there with the best we have had in recent times. He has stalled in terms of progress with being repeatedly played out of position – for me I’d prefer to see him up top with Mitro – he’s certainly not a lone striker option as he plays the false Nine/Poacher roles. I do agree though that he is equally adept at sitting in the hole and actually if he was free to go wherever across the park to make things happen he could do a lot of damage.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Roy Hodgson got the job in May 2012 a couple of months before his 65th birthday (he’s 70 in August) not only was he too old but if you were going to appoint a pensioner Harry Redknapp (who is a similar age) was the clear favourite at the time.

    I see Gareth Southgate at 45 with his cv as similar to Joachim Löw when he first started with Germany.
    He didn’t do half bad !


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