Rafa Benitez is the consummate coach who wants to improve every single player he coaches as each season progresses.
He’s done that in spades this season with his young team.
Rafa has relied a lot this term on fellow compatriot Ayoze Perez, and Perez has had a good season although he has only scored 5 goals.
But that still makes him the top scorer with Dwight Gayle.
Ayoze Perez – scores last week against Leicester City
Perez cost only €2M from Tenerife in the summer of 2014, and he is likely to start alongside Islam Slimani today against Arsenal at home.
This is what Rafa said about the former Spanish U21 forward:
“Sometimes he can give the ball away, and he has to be more composed.”
“But he’s working so hard and he gives us so many options, and if he can score these kind of goals, much better for the team.”
“It’s important to have players working hard, also with some quality they can do these kind of things.”
The 24-year-old puts in a hard shift every time he plays in a black and white shirt, but he also has some critics among the fans.
Ayoze has real skills as a footballer, and he has been doing a good job for the manager – let’s hope he can play well and score this afternoon against Arsenal.
Perez has played 139 times for Newcastle with 29 goals.
If we win today, it will take us within one point of Everton in 9th place with a game in hand.
And it would give us four wins in a row and four successive wins at home.
Howay The Lads!!