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.