Last season was a good season for Ayoze Perez, as he made a rather sluggish start to the season, but under Rafa Benitez’ guidance he seemed to improve as the season went along and certainly it was his best goal-scoring season for Newcastle, albeit in England’s second division.
Perez scored a good 12 goals and had 7 assists for Newcastle in 41 appearances with 27 starts, so that’s a good return from the 23 year-old Spanish U21 International.
Like most of the squad now, Ayoze is resting up after what was a brutally tough season but he’s excited about what the future holds for Newcastle under Rafa Benitez, now we are back in the Premier League.
23 year-old Ayoze Perez – 12 goals and 7 assists last season
This summer is going to be a crucial transfer window for the club and Rafa would like to bring in as many as 8 first team players and at least 5 of them before preseason starts three weeks on Monday – on July 3rd.
Ayoze was asked in the Chronicle today if he was looking forward to Newcastle’s upcoming Premier League season:
“With the achievement of being Champions, we are even more confident than before,”
“We know it’s going to be a hard battle but we are going to be ready for it.”
“I loved it the last time I was there and I can’t wait for me and this club to be back.”
“The fans know we are going in the right direction.” “We are back in the Premier League, we are Champions, we are playing good football as a team.”
“There are good reasons to be happy and we must keep working hard and try to achieve more.”
“I felt really well.” “In the last game I was feeling good on the pitch, with confidence and I was scoring goals and I was happy in the team.”
“It’s been a great season for me in general and for the team even more.” “I got 12 goals, which is a good number for me.”
“The most important thing is the team, we have achieved something amazing, and I was part of it.”
Newcastle have signed one new player in Christian Atsu so far and it’s probably worth remembering we signed our first player – Matt Ritchie – on 28th June last year, just before preseason started.
This season the league starts two weeks later too, so there is time, although from we read in the local press Rafa is anxious to bring in players just as soon as possible.
So we do expect some players coming through the door in the next three weeks.
With Perez he needs to be more consistent in his play, but he seemed to grow in confidence last season under the tutelage of his compatriot Rafa Benitez.
He’ s been an excellent buy for Newcastle for just £1.4M from Tenerife and in the 3 seasons Ayoze has been on board he’s scored 25 goals with 9 assists in 117 total appearances for the Magpies.
What do you think?