Benitez Reveals The Message He Has For All His Players

Ayoze Perez surprised a lot of us on Tuesday night at Loftus Road with his physical prowess up front – and it turns out the 23 year-old Spanish U-21 International has been bulking up again to meet the demands of the Championship.

Ayoze also scored our second goal and he took his opportunity very well for his 3rd goal of the season.


Ayoze Perez scoring on Tuesday night

Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to have many doubts that Ayoze can do well in England’s second division and the youngster has enormous skills as he showed in putting away the chance he had at Loftus Road in the first half.

Rafa Benitez has today talked about his young countryman:

“He is stronger than he seems, but I can agree that physically to cope with the intensity of the Championship there was a question.”

“But he showed the other day that he can do it because he is clever, so when someone has quality and has clever movement, he doesn’t need to go and challenge and tackle every time.”

“Sometimes the cleverest players don’t tackle, they just go to the right places at the right time.”

“It’s quite difficult to keep sending the same message because I am telling the players: ‘You will be important for us’ and ‘You can be a key player for us’.”

“Some managers say that and after, they don’t play the players.” “I like to play my players, I like to give them the chance to perform, to do well.”

“Ayoze is doing well, but he has been working very hard – even when he has not been playing, he has been working very hard.”

“But it is the same with other players who are not playing at the moment.”

“I have to carry on with the same method, I have to continue telling them: ‘Keep working hard, you will play well’ or ‘You will have your chances’.”

“If they do that, they can perform.” “The problem with some players is if they don’t think they will have a chance, or they think ‘the other one is much better and I will not play’, when they have to play they are not ready.”

“It’s really important for us now to keep the players working hard, training well even when they don’t play – or especially when they don’t play.”

Ayoze has bulked up a lot since he first arrives over two years ago and he is becoming a better player under Rafa Benitez.

But that can also be said of the vast majority of the players Rafa is in charge of at the club.

That’s one reason he is a world-class manager – he gets the very best out of the players he has available.

And Rafa has some very good players available to him at Newcastle United these days as we witnessed on Tuesday night in west London.

Now he has to ensure they are all happy and are ready when they get their chance in the Newcastle first team – that’s one of the manager’s major challenges these days.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    “And sometimes a player will say to me I don’t agree with your system. I take out my list of mayor trophies won and ask him why no?”

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2


  • expatmag

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3


    Last thread re Townsend

    Dont worry lads…..Rolando will be in ahead of him when he eventually gets fit and turns it on again.

    JFA….where are you off to this time?

  • davis_toons

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4
    For some that have not watch…

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5
  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6


    Do we need a vote?!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    No where exciting but away for two weeks. Just got tickets for Barnsley though so making sure I’m home for that and the Brentford game.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Both goals are class

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Both great goals, i’d take shelvey because he was under more pressure and the ball started well outside the post. Heard some pundits say that Henderson’s goal was goal of the season material. I doubt shelvey would get the same praise though…

  • davis_toons

    Sep 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Sir Alex said: “Sadly, there are examples of players who have similar backgrounds to Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo, who, despite enormous talent, just aren’t emotionally or mentally strong enough to overcome the hurts of their childhood and their inner demons…


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