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Player Makes Case For Why Rafa Is Key To Newcastle’s Future

Ayoze Perez has just had his best season for Newcastle.

In 37 appearances (29 starts) he scored 10 goals and had 5 assists, and eight of those goals were scored in the Premier League.

He was top scorer at Newcastle for the season and shows what a skillful and adept player he is.

Ayoze is improving, and Rafa Benitez is well aware there is more improvement that can come from the Spaniard – and it seems that Rafa is bringing the best out of the technically gifted Perez.

Ayoze Perez – after scoring at Leicester City

Of course, Ayoze is a big fan of his compatriot, and he has talked in the Chronicle of what turned out to be a very successful season for us given the limited investment last summer in the team:

“It has been amazing for the team. We have to be proud of ourselves because we have done a great job all year.”

“Against Chelsea, we finished things off with a great performance and ended in 10th position, which is a great achievement.”

“The city has to be proud of the team and we also have to be proud of ourselves.”

“Rafa is key for our future.”

“He made us reach this position of 10th in the table, just one year after going up, so it is a great achievement with the squad we’ve got.”

“We have to look after him, take him seriously and listen to what he wants, and hopefully we can keep him here.”

“I’m so happy to be able to end the season scoring lots of goals. Two goals against Chelsea, another two at St James’ Park, and 10 is a great number for me.”

“But, if I’m honest, what I am most pleased about is that we finished in 10th place because we deserved to finish there at the end of the season.”

“We’ve had ups and downs during the whole season, but I want to give lots of credit to the team.

“We stuck together when we had and we achieved our main target.”

“After that, we managed to keep such a great position for Newcastle this season and that’s why we can celebrate this summer.”

Ayoze finished the season on a high scoring 6 goals in his final eight appearances.

Perez has come in for some criticism at times from our fans, but he’s been a bargain buy for us at €2M from Tenerife four years ago.

And in 154 total appearances for Newcastle since then he has scored 35 goals with 13 assists.

And he scored two good opportunist goals in the 3-0 mauling of Chelsea last Sunday when Newcastle ended the season with a stellar performance in front of another sold-out St. James’ Park.

The game was shown live on TV around the world on Sunday.

Ayoze is only one of the players who have improved significantly this season under the guidance of world-class Rafa Benitez.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know if anyone else got this but I’ve just been informed in a banner that I am the millionth visitor on this site and I could win an Apple product. Hope it’s one of this nifty corer things!

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 16, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2


  • Pottsclock

    May 16, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Tosun…I thought I was the millionth visitor. I must be right because it tells me this every time I come here !!

  • Pottsclock

    May 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    On Allardyce…if you behave like a mercenary – even when you are England manager – expect to be treated like one. He can have no complaints.

  • lesh

    May 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5


    As Pottsclock intimated, pretty well most of us has been the millionth visitor to that site. Claim your Apple and you’ll get more than you expected.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 16, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Pottsclock……Oh, well if we both win I’ll swap you my corer for your iphone

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 16, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh….oh no, is it a ruse?

  • lesh

    May 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    From the Mag..

    Newcastle United Official Announcement:

    ‘Rafa Benítez has been nominated for the Premier League’s Barclays Manager of the Season award.

    The Newcastle boss is on a six-man shortlist for the award after guiding Newcastle to safety – and potentially a top-ten finish – in the top flight with largely the same squad that won the Sky Bet Championship title last season.

    He is in esteemed company on the shortlist, which also includes Manchester City’s title-winning boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche is nominated after guiding Burnley to the brink of Europe while Roy Hodgson and former Magpies manager Chris Hughton have been recognised for leading their respective clubs, Crystal Palace and Brighton, to safety.’

    It goes without saying the Mike Ashley recognises Rafa Benitez’s value to the club and is doing all he can to …….sicken him!

  • RobLeenio

    May 16, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    On Armstrong, he could be a good foil for Perez, making runs and stretching the defence giving Perez the one commodity he needs – space. He could also play well as a target for Shelvey. He needs a good pre-season or he’ll be off on loan again, let’s hope he can show Rafa what he wants to see.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Regarding Perez of course there is room for improvement but the criticism has come from the same people on here and it has been way out of proportion!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I would quite like us to keep Armstrong for this season coming I feel he could benefit more from Rafa’s coaching now than getting first team games in a lower league!?

    The boy has pace and can finish but maybe needs to work on things like pressing and where to be on the pitch especially when we don’t have the ball

    We have been linked to that Muto from Mainz again hes a good player reminds me of Firminho not 100% prolific but could add to the squad

  • Geordie-john

    May 16, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve had the millionth thing as well. It’s bollocks mate !

  • lesh

    May 16, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Having endured a stressful season, Ashley’s supposedly taken a well-earned break and gone on holiday. Just like last January’s window, there’s nothing of any real importance for him to deal with – apart from Rafa’s contract negotiations and the opening of the summer window.

    Let’s hope nothing important crops up that needs his attention in the next few weeks!

  • JohnJ

    May 16, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Just underb the NUFC badge on the top left you will see a number at this time it reads something like


    I believe this relates to site visits – but then again I could be wrong!

  • JohnJ

    May 16, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15



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