The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

It Has To Be A Crucial Season For This Forward

6:31 pm, Sunday, October 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ayoze Perez · Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCPaul // Oct 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    In the legends game Shearer put us 1-0 up, then it went to 1-1, then us leading again at 2-1 but the swines equalised. I know it was for charity but I still hate Man Utd with a passion.

  • 2 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Paul, 🙂 glad to hear you enjoyed it mate. Those games just don’t do it for me for some reason. No edge to them.

  • 3 NUFCPaul // Oct 9, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Bobby – wish I had been there, but I live in the States now. I was just following it on the Chronicle website. Hopefully someone will stick the goals on YouTube soon.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Ha ha, my bad then. This Wales v Georgia game is finishing well. Could go either way. Aye, someone will at some time. Ed might even surprise us yet. 🙂

  • 5 Sav // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    There’s a daft obsession with physicality and Ayoze ‘knocking defenders off the ball’. So he’s not Darryl Murphy – so what? Players without his touch and control have to resort to that. I could make a long list of superb inside forwards, past and current, who are half his bulk. Putting on the beef is a poor substitute for speed, balance, quick wit and control.

  • 6 Sav // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    I hate to say it but we saw better from Ayoze under Pardew and I’ve no doubt Rafa will find a winning formula with Perez in it eventually. We are going to need more like him when we are promoted, not the Mitros or the Goufs.

previous post: He’s Well Liked – But Can This Player Make It At Newcastle?

next post: Newcastle Legend – I’ve Had A Brilliant Day