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Alex Ferguson Impressed With Ayoze Perez

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is surprised that Ayoze Perez has come through at Newcastle so quickly this season, and for the fourth game running yesterday at Old Trafford, the 21 year-old was our Man of the Match – and he captured 80% of the vote.

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Perez in action at Old Trafford

And Alan Pardew has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed by what he saw from the 21 year-old Spaniard yesterday and so is the Newcastle manager:

“He has surprised me at how good he has been. He is a real talent.” “I have been fortunate to work with some really good strikers.”

“I think of Tevez, Sheringham, Dean Ashton, and he has got faster feet than all three of them.”

“And the work ethic he has put in for the team as well, if he progresses like he is, we don’t know where he’ll end up.”

“I was lucky enough to have a quick glass of wine with Sir Alex on Boxing Day,  and he caught his eye.”

Ayoze Perez joins a long list of great Newcastle signings we have brought into the club recently for peanuts – to use Joey Barton’s words.

Ayoze has already played 20 times for Newcastle and he’s scored four Premier League goals, and is improving with almost every game.

The former Tenerife striker cost Newcastle only £2M (£1.4M), and after his performances this season, he’s worth a lot more than that.

Shortly the question will be – can we keep him at Newcastle?

Alan says above –  “if he progresses like he is, we don’t know where he’ll end up.”

Manchester United perhaps?

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27 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    the only thing we can hold onto is HOPE

  • Brutooon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    His style of play is like Suarez, but still too far to compare both players.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Every god damn time I start getting into debates on this blog a new thread starts!

    Mag (from last thread)

    Given the personnel around him at city, it’s far more comfortable for him to play anywhere and do a job.

    Unfortunately we play too many player out of position too often; and as we all know our squad is nowhere near the level City’s is, and many of our players don’t possess the natural work rate of Milner.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #4

    ive never seen him bite anyone

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #5

    His main goal is to create something out of nothing because Pardew can’t get a full team of players to pass, move and dictate play with incisive and thoughtful movement. Individual talent is just that, lacking the input of a manager to do a competent and progressive job for the group of players to develop their football TOGETHER.

    Management ability is how to get the best out those players in one fluid unit.

    Pardew isn’t fluid, he’s constipated and isn’t helped by his few merry band of apologists clogging him up and nailing yet another loss against Sunderland to his dismal array of embarrassing career-long statistics.

    Nothing will change, Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah very similar to Suarez, just doesn’t have the same level of power just yet. I’d love to see him with a couple of quality wingers/inside forwards either side of him.

  • nufc786

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #7

    the way he goes past players reminds me of suarez…. Maybe needs to be more clinical in front of goal but he is only 21… it will come in time

  • expatmag

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8

    He would be better off playing just behind a clinical mobile striker in my opinion. He has great potential but we will not see it under this manager.

  • WestOzMag

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    See fat ash its not that hard to sack an under performing manager, ask the owner of palace. Do most of us a favour please.

  • geordie1892

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Dean Ashton…

  • Sav

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Robbed of that early penalty. Travesty which, despite their subsequent 3 good goals, could have changed the game on our favour. Some things never change at Fergie’s Old Trafford.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #12

    so did pards and fergie agree a fee for perez over a glass of wine

  • John Tudor

    Dec 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #13

    ashley and the manure owners did

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Lovely, ‘I don’t know where he’ll end up’

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Like an eighteenth century slave trader the slimy cnut.

  • Toonacious T

    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Yes, Perez is well ahead of schedule to be sold on to an ambitious club for a profit that will not be reinvested in the team. It is great to get him so much exposure in the shop window early on and as soon as he starts scoring goals on a more consistent basis then we shall flog him to the highest bidder. Now who else’s name can I drop into this interview to inflate my credentials as a manager?

  • Winstoon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Just goes to show you why we can’t score based on Pardews previous attacking credentials: Tevez: great striker, was crap at West Ham bar last minute goal against Utd is all he’s remembered for. Sheringham, legend but at the end of it at that stage. Dean Ashton – say no more.

  • Winstoon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone else think Cabella looked a bit more lively when he came on against Man U? Haven’t been impressed so far but felt he had a little more drive about him this time!?

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #19

    By letting the world know that Alex Ferguson was impressed by what he saw in Perez, then it Adios to him (Perez)soon.

    The lad’s head’ll be turned by now and his agents alerted to potential deals.

    And doesn’t it just put Perez’s agent into a strong position to negotiate from when it comes to a new contract.

    And oh, nearly forgot, Pardew’s clumsiness’ll be taken as another ‘Player for sale’ notice.

    When will he ever learn to shut up!

  • thai-mag

    Dec 28, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #20

    With the rest of the team a bunch of hoofers, Sissoko apart, any player with a bit talent will look good

  • Our Toon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Perez won’t have his head turned yet and the reason for that is purely down to the teams he rejected to join us, Porto and the 2 Spanish giants were turned down as the lad wanted to develop by playing games at a higher level, something he would have done at them other clubs.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #22


    Tevez kept West ham up with his goals including that one at OT, he played as a left winger under pardew, went on his worst goalless streak of his career under pardew. Funny thing is Tevez scored his first goal for WH under curbishley.

    His record at clubs is:
    Boca Juniors 75 games 26 goals
    Corinthians 38 games 25 goals
    West Ham United 26 games 7 goals
    Man United 63 games 19 goals
    Man City 113 games 58 goals
    Juventus 49 games 29 goals

    at man utd he was a bench warmer so hence the poor goal to game ratio, he didn’t score for pardew as he was a winger so 9 games wiped out as the king deemed his work rate good enough to chuck him out wide. Under curbishley it was 17 games 7 goals

    Basically what I’m saying is you have no clue mate, Tevez is a class act no doubt about it.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 28, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Dean Ashton……….

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Dec 28, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #24

    I’ve been really impressed with him.

    I saw him in a few pre-season games and it was obvious even in those early games that he was seriously sharp in the penalty area- a true poacher.

    He gets on the end of things just like those classic penalty box players (Van Nistelrooy, Lineker, Falcao etc.) which is why I’m a bit confused when Pardew gets him to come wide so much; though in the last few games he’s shown that he’s quick and nippy enough to beat defenders too.

    Been impressed with him since he signed.

  • Slank

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #25

    I too was very impressed with Perez from his very first game.

    He is very mobile, like Suarez, and works very hard and is not afraid to close the opposition down. Armstrong is similar. I hope he takes note of how Perez plays.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #26

    I’d start Cisse today. I’m not sure when he leaves for Senegal, but their training camp starts on the 2nd Jan which would probably mean he isn’t here for the Burnley game. Even not fully fit, he is still our most likely scorer, and if he is going to be capable of performing in the AFCON I don’t see why we shouldn’t get a game out of him before he goes.

    Cisse through the middle with Cabella and Perez either side. Sissoko Colback and Tiote in the middle. Not to fussed at the back, Janmaat, Colo and either Saylor or Dummet with Haidara playing left back if his absence on boxing day wasn’t injury related. Although no matter which defenders player, I’m sceptical of whether any of them are capable of keeping Lukaku at bay.

    We need a win and goals, Everton’s defence is fairly porous nowadays so we should be putting them under pressure, rather than inviting them to attack us.

    Martinez regularly gets the measure of Pardew though, and it often doesn’t make good reading for Newcastle fans though, so I’m not going into this brimming with confidence.

  • Winstoon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon. You make my point for me mate. Tevez was a class act but Pardew had no idea how to use him as you pointed out. Which is exactly what I was saying!


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