Ayoze Perez is the man of the moment at Newcastle after a superb display and hat-trick against Southampton on Saturday in the 3-1 win.
And those 3 points turned out to be enough as Cardiff went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool yesterday and now Newcastle are mathematically safe in the league on 41 points.
Ayoze was delighted by the hat-trick, and he’s becoming a big favorite at the club with 7 goals in the last 7 home games.
But Ayoze may also force a move away from Newcastle this summer after an interview in Spain when he said he was ready for a new challenge in football.
But he owes everything to Newcastle, and if Rafa stays, we don’t think he will leave the club and could get a new deal.
Ayoze Perez – I can’t hear you
If Rafa goes all bets are off, and Newcastle will be in complete disarray under Mike Ashley once again.
This is what Ayoze has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It was an unbelievable feeling. It was such a lovely night at St James’ Park.”
“Getting three important points, 41 points, my first hat-trick in Premier League, I can’t ask any more,”
“This is my second in my career, I got one back in Spain for Tenerife but this one is even more special.”
“In the first division, the top league, the Premier League, for such a big club, that felt really good, man.”
“I have felt really well playing for this club, playing for this badge. It has been five great years and I cannot thank enough Newcastle what they have done for me.
“I wasn’t even professional when I signed for Newcastle. I always have that in mind.”
“Obviously it has been five great years over here and I have improved a lot as a player and a person.”
“Obviously it was translated quite different to what I meant.”
“I just said that in summer there are going to be options. That means I have done something well,”
“But what I tried to say was I’ll be up to hearing what is coming, but it doesn’t mean I am going to leave 100%.”
“I can hear what is coming for me, what they offer for me, and that’s it, but it doesn’t mean I am going to leave 100% at the end of the season.”
“It is going to be a difficult decision. It depends on a lot of things.”
Newcastle must now move quickly to sign up Rafa so the manager can then persuade the likes of Perez that things will get a lot better at Newcastle and that he can make the full Spanish team while playing on Tyneside.
We have had far too much uncertainty over the last twelve years with Mike Ashley as the owner.
He needs to get Rafa to sign up – hopefully to a five-year deal.
That would settle things down at the club a lot.