There have been some reports that Ayoze Perez is attracting the attention of some other clubs.
That’s not surprising after the 24-year-old Spaniard had probably his best season ever and was particularly impressive in the second half of the campaign as Newcastle survived relegation and moved up to 10th place in the Premier League.
Perez epitomized the improvement shown by many of our players last season, and that bodes well for the future.
Ayoze was a bargain buy four years ago from Tenerife, and we got him for just €2M.
Ayoze Perez – in action against Stoke City
This is what Ayoze has told the Chronicle:
“I am really happy to keep playing for this team.”
“We had a great season and we ended it on a high with a great win against Chelsea. We showed we could do it against the big teams.”
“In front of strong crowds we beat Manchester United and Arsenal too and they’re great results.”
“It’s part of our game plan, we need the fans behind us like they have done and they were a huge part of it being a memorable season.”
“Now we look to build on it next year.” “I was really happy to end the season the way we did.”
“On a collective note, it was brilliant and also on a personal note to finish the season with 10 goals.”
“We deserved to finish in the top 10. It was a brilliant achievement.”
“The last couple of months were great for me and I was really happy to score as always.”
“I always love to score.” “Whether they be tap-ins or from range or wherever. Every time I step on the pitch I still get that special feeling.”
“I know I can better under Rafa again next season.”
“As soon as pre-season comes we have to think about what’s going on and go again.”
That’s a really upbeat Ayoze Perez speaking there – as he enjoys his break back in his hometown of Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Last season Perez played 37 times for Newcastle with 10 goals and 5 assists.
In the four years he’s been on Tyneside he’s played 154 games for Newcastle with 35 goals and has 13 assists.
So that’s close to 30% of his goals and 40% of his assists last season.
Let’s hope he can do even better next season and that he continues to improve under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.