Ayoze Perez has had his best season ever at Newcastle, and he’s one of the players who has improved under Rafa Benitez.
He finished up as our top goalscorer with 10 goals, and 8 of them were in the Premier League, and he was a regular starter for the side.
But he also improved his work rate too, and when he was playing in the number 10 role, he worked his socks off for the team.
Ayoze has always had the ability, and that is being brought out by Rafa Benitez, and the 24-year-old now looks a much better player than he was a short two years ago.
Ayoze Perez – in action against Stoke
Perez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and the Spanish U21 International is looking forward to the future:
“The football club has to keep getting better.”
“Things are improving but still there are lots of things we can do better to make sure we finish higher in the future.”
“We need to keep improving, everyone at the club needs to keep getting better and that’s the main thing.”
“We all have to help each other get better, then the future can be bright.”
“Against Chelsea on the final day of the season you could feel the connection between the players and the fans.”
“The atmosphere and environment at St James’ Park was unbelievable.”
“The supporters helped us get wins across the season and to keep us in the division and to finish in 10th place.”
“The fans are a crucial part of this club and we as players are really happy to play in this environment.”
Ayoze is right there – the Newcastle fans are like a 12th player for Newcastle and their support of the team in the last two seasons has been phenomenal.
And both seasons have been successful ones, although around mid-December things were not looking too good after we went through that stretch of nine games with only one point.
But Rafa, the players, and the fans turned it all around, and the team broke away this year with those four wins in a row, and we finished in 10th place.
We are hoping to do better next season, but Rafa must be supported in the transfer market by Mike Ashley.
That’s what we are hoping for.
If that happens almost anything is possible with Rafa Benitez at the helm.