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Rafa Tells Fans To Simply Enjoy Striker’s Goals

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    The repost spare will I. Mmmm

  • Mag52

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Keep up that celebration Ayoze if it means you keep knocking in the goals.
    There are plenty worse celebrations going on in the PL and it might affect your goals tally if you stop now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think it’s a very respectful celebration tbh. A minority of fans would rather boo him and the manager rather than the owner and he’s basically telling the crowd to shut up with that gesture. Imo of course.

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 12, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think he’s telling the fans to shut up. That’d be the index finger in front of the lips. He’s just blocking out the abuse. That said, I’m one of the people who’ve been annoyed by his celebrations at the time. The thinking was that he should rightly be criticized. Booing, however, is not the way to do it.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 12, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    45 goals for the club (and counting). Quick feet, decent header of a ball, good vision, likes to take defenders on and a knack of being in the right place at the right time. Great worker, running across the line and putting constant pressure on defenders. Always gives 100% even if things are, on occasion, not going for him.
    For an outlay of £1.5m what more could you ask for? To those who whinge about him, give him some slack for Heaven’s sake. He may not be a Shearer, Beardsley or Aguero but I’d rather have him than not.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    I always had faith in the lad. His strength on the ball sometimes failed him but he has more tricks up his sleeve as he has matured. And Rafa obviously has had faith in him since day 1.


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