Ayoze Perez has had a decent enough season so far when you look at his stats and in 10 appearances (6 starts) for the Magpies he has 3 goals and one assist.
So in his third season on Tyneside after signing for us from Tenerife for €2M he has 84 appearances with 16 goals and 4 assists.
Ayoze Perez after scoring at QPR
But in his time at Newcastle he hasn’t really commanded a starting place and it’s still difficult to know what his best position is – an out-and-out striker, a number 10 or a winger – take your choice.
He has also been inconsistent since he arrived on Tyneside, but we were hoping that will disappear as he matures into a better and hopefully more consistent performer than when he first arrived.
Two years ago he also seemed a little light-weight, but he immediately started using the weights and it shows as his physical prowess is now much improved.
In fact he looked really good at QPR when he was even a real physical presence up front.
In fact that display at Loftus Road was one of his best ever for the Spanish U21 International at Newcastle.
This has to be a key season for Perez, since if we do get promoted – and that’s the one goal this season – then Rafa will be looking to further improve the squad on Tyneside.
And some players will have to leave as Rafa brings in some good players during both the January and summer transfer windows.
But if anybody can solve the Perez riddle then surely it’s his countryman Rafa Benitez, but Ayoze has to play his part too.
We’ll know better by the end of this season, but we hope Ayoze bangs those goals in for us and helps Newcastle get back to the Premier League at the very first attempt – just like seven years ago.
That’s the hope.
What do you think?