Spanish U21 International Ayoze has had a new lease on life since Miguel Almiron arrived on the scene last month.
And it seems Ayoze along with Salomon Rondon have a good understanding already with the 25-year-old Paraguayan International.
Indeed, we are more dangerous up front than we were – even though we were blunted by West Ham on Saturday in the 2-0 loss at the London Stadium.
Perez has joined the chorus of calls for Rafa to be signed up long-term as manager of the club.
Rafa Benitez talks to compatriot Ayoze Perez
This is what Ayoze Perez has said about Rafa in the Chronicle today:
“He’s been really important for us.”
“He has done a lot for Newcastle and we have to be thankful that we have got him, after what he has done for the club.”
“Obviously, he is a part of what we are doing here.” “Last season we finished 10th – that means something.”
“Hopefully we can do the same this season as he is doing a great job.”
“He always stays calm and obviously we have to look after him.”
“Having Rafa as a manager is very important and if you have Rafa on the bench things are going to go well.”
Rafa will not entertain talks with Ashley and Charnley until Newcastle are safe, but that could be soon if we can get a couple of wins under our belt.
Rafa wants to stay on Tyneside, but he also wants cast-iron assurances from Ashley on transfer funding, a simpler and quicker transfer process, improvements to the training grounds and investments in the Youth Academy.
These are assurances Rafa needs from the owner to make Newcastle into a top club and a team to match.
Why wouldn’t Ashley support that – it’s not that Rafa is unreasonable in his demands?