This is a crucial season for 22-year-old Ayoze Perez after arriving at Newcastle two years ago from Tenerife for a measly €2M and having had a terrific first season at Newcastle.
But last year he didn’t progress as much as expected in what was a nightmare season for the club and we hope to see good progress this season from the likable Spanish U-21 International – coached by his fellow countryman – Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez and Ayoze Perez on first day back
Perez’ only focus seems to be getting Newcastle back to the Premier League next season and he had this to say today in the local press:
“I already said when the team went down that I would try to come back to the Premier League with Newcastle.” “That’s it. I’m focused. I’m here. Now we need to get fit for a tough season.”
“We have had a rest, now it’s time to start again, work and focus on the season ahead.” “We try to get back as soon as possible.”
“We all know how important Rafa is for Newcastle,” “He always helps everyone at the club. It’s good to have him as our coach.” “He’s important for me. We are going to learn a lot from him.”
“It was really good,” “It was hard work, as always in pre-season. It was a good week in Ireland.”
“They are all good signings.” “At the moment the squad is really good – a lot of quality – and now we need to get ready and fit for this tough season.”
Perez signed a new long-term deal in February and should see some action tonight at the Keepmoat Stadium at Doncaster Rovers in our second friendly game of preseason – the game kicks off 7:45 pm kickoff.
Newcastle seem to be close to finally signing Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers and we have already signed five good players in Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden.
The squad is now stronger than it was at the end of last season.
It would be great to get Grant through the door very soon as the sixth signing this summer.
Note: Reader Sean Pigott is taking part in an Ultra white collar boxing event in Aberdeen on the 10th of September this year and collecting for Cancer Research UK, because many of his family have suffered from the terrible disease.
Sean has set up a justgiving page here if you can possibly donate to a very good cause.