Ayoze Perez has had one of his best seasons ever at Newcastle, and he ended up as the top scorer with 10 goals, and 8 of those were in the Premier League.
Not too bad for a player we signed for only €2M from Tenerife four years ago.
His improved form and work-rate are due to his compatriot Rafa Benitez and the guidance the manager has given Ayoze.
We have seen Perez run his socks off for the cause until he could give no more.
But even when he wasn’t scoring goals, he was vital to the side.
Ayoze Perez scores against Stoke
Ayoze has been talking to Radio Marca Tenerife while relaxing back at home and recharging his batteries.
Here is the transcript we took from The Mag:
“Newcastle is my second home.” “I have been there four years and I’ve grown a lot. I’m almost bilingual.”
“Coloccini was like a big brother to me. At first I struggled to adapt and he helped me a lot.”
“The language quickly went well but driving on the left was more difficult.”
“It is true that I have an automatic car and on one of the first days, with the team doctor behind me, I could hardly get out of a roundabout.”
“Then he asked Coloccini if he had a driver’s license.”
“I’m recharging the batteries now.”
“The year has been hard and the holidays are deserved, although right now it was my best time.
“The victory over Chelsea on the last day. My first double in the Premier League, my family (there), we finished tenth – It was very special.”
“To this day I have no plans to leave England and return to Spain.” “I am very comfortable at Newcastle and in the Premier League.”
“It’s a very professional football environment and I am a little English now.
“All of this year’s goals have been important. The goal at Leicester was very nice.”
“I also scored against Arsenal at home and that day we guaranteed staying up. At home, we took points off all the big ones except Manchester City.
“The goals were nice but the best thing is that they were in important moments of the season and we got points.”
“Salvation this year was at 36 points.
“My goals helped to add 12 points and only the one I got at Watford wasn’t worth anything – when we lost 2-1.”
“At any time of the year you can waver. We had a bump in the middle of the season (with 1 point from 9 games) but we ended very well.
‘To have ended tenth has a lot of value as we were a newly promoted team.
“I like to grow and I am ambitious, (I like to take) what I think are steps forward.
“Rafa Benítez has been responsible for much of what I have learned.”
We are hoping that Ayoze’s goalscoring prowess will continue next season – we need as many players as possible scoring goals for us next term.
Rafa is expected to bring in at least one new striker this summer – whoever that may be (Harry Kane perhaps?).
But Perez’ 8 goals in the league were priceless to our survival last season – there’s no doubt about that.
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