Ayoze Perez had a decent game for us at Birmingham on Saturday in the disappointing 0-0 draw and hopefully the Spanish U21 International is in good form and can help us score some goals in the final 8 games of the season.
Once things start up again on April 1st after the two week International break, we have 5 games in 17 days so our promotion fate may be sealed with the results of those games.
Certainly the sooner we can nail down that automatic promotion spot the better it will be for all associated with Newcastle – and Rafa and Lee Charnley can then get busy doing deals in the transfer market.
Ayoze Perez in action at St. Andrews last Saturday
But of course Rafa will concentrate on every single remaining game whether we are promoted or not and will want to win every one of them – as usual.
Perez has made 33 total appearances for Newcastle this season and he has scored 9 goals – his highest goals total in his third season on Tyneside.
He’s a very skilled player who still needs to become more consistent, but he’s now had experience in the very physical Championship league this term and done well.
These two weeks off will offer a lot of Newcastle players a rest before the final seven weeks of the season begin with the games coming thick and fast.
This is what Ayoze Perez has said in the local press today:
“After these few months with no break and a lot of games, it’s going to be good for us to rest our legs and our minds as well.”
“We need a small rest. It can be good.” “We have to be ready for April. It’s going to be really busy.”
“You have to accept the challenge of the Championship, deal with it and adapt to the league.” “It’s really different.”
“It’s maybe less football and more physical.” “We have been doing well all season. We have adapted to the league quite well.”
“There are still eight games to go and we have to make sure we go with everything and stay at the top.”
“It’s really busy. It’s coming to the end. It’s the last month.” “We have to make sure we push until the end and make sure that we stay at the top.”
“We controlled the game last Saturday. We had more possession than we had a few games ago.”
“We created a lot of chances, which was very important, but we didn’t score.”
“I felt really well. It was a shame I couldn’t score.” “I had a few chances to score a goal, but the team felt much better.”
“We were more comfortable on the ball and created chances.”
“Now we have to step on, rest ourselves and make sure we are focused on a busy April.”
Perez has now played 108 times for Newcastle with 22 goals – not bad for a £1.4M signing from Tenerife.
Once things start up again everybody associated with the club will be pushing for that promotion – including our fans and hopefully we can do it.
What a relief that would be!
Here are the remaining games of the season.
April 2017 Newcastle v Wigan Athletic Sat 1 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Burton Albion Wed 5 Apr 19:45 Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle Sat 8 Apr 17:30 Newcastle v Leeds United Fri 14 Apr 19:45 Ipswich Town v Newcastle Mon 17 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Preston Mon 24 Apr 19:45 Cardiff City v Newcastle Sat 29 Apr 15:00 May 2017 Newcastle v Barnsley Sun 7 May 12:00