Ayoze Perez has given an interview in the Athletic in which he has made some comments about why he left Newcastle United.
The article was written by Rob Tanner and in it, Ayoze mentions the one word that has been sorely lacking at Newcastle United over the past twelve years – ambition.
He first spoke of the departure of Rafa Benitez and his need for a change.
“It was a big factor, but also I felt it was time for a change and a new challenge.
“In this case, Leicester gave me such a great opportunity to come here.
“The ambition of the club and the way they are doing the right things was very important in my decision.
“Also, as soon as Rafa left, the decision was easier.”
We sensed that Ayoze needed a change long before Rafa left to be honest. He had been speaking of returning to Spain and of starting a new cycle since February.
While the departure of Rafa will certainly have made it an easier decision to make, Ayoze had seemed to have grown weary of playing for Newcastle under the current circumstances long before Rafa left.
He then went on to praise the ambition of Leicester City while saying that he felt it was lacking at Newcastle.
“Things could be done better over there at Newcastle, but Leicester have given me the opportunity to do great things hopefully.
“There’s big ambition. I think how football works, the way you have to look at football, that’s the difference between Leicester and Newcastle.
“There is big motivation here to keep growing and to get better here at Leicester. I didn’t feel they had it at Newcastle.”
We can’t disagree with anything that Ayoze says here. It is true that Newcastle have lacked the ambition to take that next step. They seem to be content to just remain in the Premier League.
This lack of determination to win will wear on a player, especially after five years of it.
We really like Ayoze Perez and were sad to see him leave. He scored some big goals for the club in important matches.
It is yet to be seen how much we will miss those goals this season. On Saturday against St-Etienne, the team did not take their chances. The good news is that they created a lot of them.
While St-Etienne is a very decent side, they are not a Premier League team. Newcastle will have to take their chances when they come this season.
With Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin in to replace Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, there is the potential for an exciting and entertaining team. The style of play will certainly be more open but whether it can be as successful remains to be seen.
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