Ayoze Perez has had a good season for Newcastle although he would hope he had more goals than the 4 goals he’s scored in 29 total appearances with 21 starts.
Perez has played in the number 10 role quite a bit this season, and he has a good game last Saturday in the crucial 3-0 win over fellow relegation strugglers Southampton.
Tha Saints became the ninth Premier League to sack their manager this season when they announced that Mauricio Pellegrino was no longer with them.
So that’s almost half the PL managers sacked this season with half the teams fighting relegation.
We found out after the game that Ayoze Perez played on Saturday even though he lost his grandmother last Wednesday.
Ayoze Perez – works his socks off when he plays for Newcastle
Newcastle’s second goal was a terrific team goal that Ayoze brilliantly set up.
Perez got the ball just outside the penalty area following a corner for the Saints, and he ran past the halfway line and then laid the ball off to his right to Gayle.
Dwight could have shot himself, but he saw Kenedy running through on the left-hand side.
He slotted the ball to him, and the Brazilian tapped the ball into the back of the net.
A brilliant team goal from Perez, Gayle, and Kenedy working so well together.
You could tell they must do that drill a lot in training and it paid off big time on Saturday.
What’s been a feature of Perez’ play this seaosn is that he works his socks off for the team.
This is what Ayoze has told the Chronicle today:
“The second goal came at a good time for us and the counter-attack was brilliant in terms of great movement.”
“Everything went well.” “It was a great finish which gave us a lot of confidence.”
“To go in at 2-0 up in the first half is something important.” “It’s important in this league and we kept it up in the second half.”
“It was a massive win for us and three important points.” “I’m really happy and the dressing room knew the importance of the result.”
“We did really well and we are one step closer.”
“I’m happy to help others.” “That’s the role of a forward, sometimes you will score, others you will contribute in other ways.”
“That is what the manager wants from me.” “He wants me to be a link between the lines to try to help the wingers and to help Dwight.”
“That’s what I am trying to do.” “It was a great win for me and everybody else was happy.”
“He’s (Rafa) been here a while now and we are always working.” “He makes sure that everybody understands that’s the way it is.”
“The game against Southampton was the proof.” “We did everything right in that game and we got that solid performance.”
What Ayoze is saying is that Rafa knows exactly what he is doing and the players only have to follow the script (game-plan), and we will start winning more games.
We have 32 points from our 30 games played, and we need three more wins to be safe and over 40 points
We must beat Huddersfield at home on 31st March and then we should only need two wins in our final seven games.
Howay The Lads!!