23 year-old Ayoze Perez made his first start for Newcastle in about a month in Newcastle’s good 3-1 win at home to a good Brentford side on Saturday, and the Spaniard gave a good account of himself.
Newcastle scored two goals in the first 16 minutes of the game and that helped to steady the nerves a little and we went on to get a fairly convincing home win.
But Brentford did will to come back from 3-0 down after 49 minutes, to get one goal back and play quite well in the second half.
Ayoze Perez in action on Saturday
This is what Ayoze has said in the local press:
“I think we will continue to improve,” “We are getting better all the time, and the results are there to prove that.”
“We are growing as a team, and the performances are getting better, although there are still things that we need to be improving.”
“The most important thing is to keep on playing like we are and getting as many points as we can.”
“Week by week, we are feeling more comfortable on the pitch.” “We are getting to know each other better, and that is the way to improve performances and get even better.”
“This was an important game for us to make sure we didn’t lose any momentum after the international break. We won it, but now we have another game on Tuesday night at Barnsley.”
“The manager is always demanding things from us, even when we are winning and playing well, but that is a good thing for the team.”
“If you want to improve as a player and a team, then you need a manager who is driving you on.”
“He always wants the best for me, and is always trying to tell me things to improve. I always want to improve so it is a good thing for me.”
“It was quite hard for me after a few games when I was not getting too many minutes.” “I was determined to get back into the team, and I was happy when that happened.”
“As soon as you get the chance when you are not playing, you have to take it. Hopefully, I have done that.”
“I like playing in Saturday’s position, and I think it is the best position for me. I like playing between a No 10 and a No 9 – that kind of position is the best for my game.”
“That is where I feel most comfortable, and I was lucky enough to be in that position. We won, and everything is good.”
“I think we are getting used to playing with each other now, and that is definitely helping.”
“When we make a movement now, we know where our team-mates are. That is really good. We are still improving though, and there is still a long way to go.”
Ayoze has scored 3 goals in all competitors with two of those coming within three minutes of each other in the EFL cup tie against Cheltenham Town on 23rd August.
Perez’ one Championship goal came in the 6-0 rout of QPR at Loftus Road on 13th September.
Next up are Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday night and Ayoze could even keep his place for that game, but it’s always hard to know which team Rafa will start in any game.
Maybe Mo Diame will return for Tuesday night’s game?
The road game at Oakwell is followed by a home game against Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.
If we can play to the standard we showed on Saturday, then we could get another two wins and be really well positioned in the league by next Saturday night, but the key to doing well is to take it one game at a time.
At the moment we are second top and in an automatic promotion place.