Ayoze Perez first celebrated with his fingers in his ears when he scored the winner with a header in our first win of the season against Watford in early November.
He had come on as a substitute along with Schar and Ki and all three put in excellent second half performances with Perez heading home from Ki free kick.
But when Perez was brought on some fans in the crowd booed him – that’s never good.
Rafa dismisses his celebration as something that’s not important – it’s scoring the goals that is the main thing.
Miguel Almiron congratulates Ayoze Perez on Saturday
This is what Rafa said as reported today in the Shields Gazette:
“The main thing’s him scoring goals, not how he celebrates,”
“It’s not an issue – enjoy what he did. “
“If you have Alan Shearer doing this with Salomon Rondon and Lionel Messi doing this with Ayoze, it was a great goal.”
“Then to get two more goals. It was a great performance from a striker.”
And the man of the moment – Perez – has said he will continue the celebrations until the end of the season.
So let’s hope he does it quite a few more times before we end the season at Fulham on May 12th.
This is what the 25-year-old has said in the Shields Gazette today:
“I found that I had to do it against Watford, and, since that moment, I’ve kept doing it,”
“I will do it until the end of the season now.”
“Sometimes, it’s good not to hear some things.”
“The mentality is to avoid anything that can disturb you or make you think things you shouldn’t think.”
Perez now has 7 goals for the season with all but one coming in the Premier League.
It was an excellent comeback Saturday but the lads are back in training today and have to come down to earth.
What we need is another win at Bournemouth on Saturday, and if we can do that, we will go above them in the league.
Another win would be tremendous.