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Newcastle Lost More Than Just Goals When This Player Left



Ayoze Perez has gotten off to one of his slow starts at Leicester City. While he has started four league games and the Carabao Cup tie at St James Park, Perez has yet to register a goal or an assist for the Foxes.

There are some murmurings online amongst some Leicester City fans and that is most likely due to his high price tag. However, Perez brings an intelligence and awareness to the game that often goes beyond statistics.

Ayoze is still getting comfortable in a different system under Brendan Rodgers, but the manager has maintained his faith in his big summer signing. We fully expect Ayoze to keep his place when Newcastle visit the King Power Stadium this weekend.

One thing that is becoming evident is that Ayoze Perez is a big miss to Newcastle. His strengths have not been replaced as of yet by any of Newcastle’s signings. Perez’s intuitive pressing from the front, guile at finding space and creating space for teammates, along with his anticipation in front of goal have been a massive miss for Newcastle in their first seven games.

Perez also had a knack of scoring critical goals for Newcastle. He had an anticipation in the box that we’ve not seen this season. With the amount of times Miguel Almiron’s shots go straight to the keeper, we can’t help but think Ayoze would have put a few of those deflections in the back of the net.

Newcastle lost more than their leading scorer when Ayoze Perez left for Leicester City, they lost an innate ability on the pitch that goes beyond tactics and effort. They lost a player who created his own luck through anticipation, awareness, intuition, and tireless running. We just hope we don’t see too much of it on Sunday at Leicester City.


55 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Neil “His strengths have not been replaced as of yet by any of Newcastle’s signings”.

    Quite honestly, at this stage of the season, he never had any strengths to replace. His slow start at Leicester is of no surprise at all.

    Nor will it be a surprise when his game kicks up a notch just after Christmas and he starts becoming the main fulcrum for a Leicester push up the table.

    That’s potentially when we’ll notice he’s not around most, as we’re potentially still hanging round the edge of the drop zone.

    Let’s be honest, he always had sh!t hair, too….

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh, and first, because that apparently gives you a sense of immense superiority over your fellow bloggers.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Well fingers crossed he plays. I’d rather face him than Gray or Barnes.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    What we lost with Perez’ opening statement on joining Leicester was the hope of our own club showing any kind of ambition. In his interview he laid bare the reason he’d joined Leicester and left us behind.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    ashley ” i think bruce might be the one”
    we had the one you total numpty

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Mikey Mr. Brucie is the one to do what he’s told and keep his gob shut. A lot of good that will do us. As for Ayoze he always had terrible starts with us as well. Nothing new there. A very inconsistent player but handy once he starts scoring.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Belfast

    i’m mot sure we can cope with him even on an off day he has more energy than our lot at the moment ,

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    We love wor Brucie!!!
    No, no, no no no!!!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Is it just “first” that gives you a sense of immense superiority or does it work with any number ?

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  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Tenth

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  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Nope not feeling it yet.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Wouldn’t get a kick against Dummett hibbit

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Muster

    It has to be said you are truly without a shadow of a doubt the most consistently boring person I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. God, you begrudge Rafa every single last thing. Your muppetry is borderline insanity.
    You rated Pardew, dissed Rafa, claimed SB’s long runs were so much better training than Rafa’s rocket science. Yeah things are so much better now aren’t they. You are beyond ignorantly stupid and the way you play sycophant to jib is creepily embarrassing.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    John J, you have years on me, but we’re off one mind on this

    The irony is that the fat one is actually doing something never seen before – he’s taking all the he disparate groups of Newcastle fans, from across the generations, across the world, and he’s uniting them. Against himself.

    We’ll be here when he is not. It’s our club, not his, and we’ll get it back, sooner or later.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    and just in case anyone missed it a few word from munster to help pass the evening enjoy,

    Munster Mag

    Mar 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16
    1. I cant see Rafa killing his lovely Cv by going to us.
    2. I’m not sure what Brendan Rogers would bring us in the short term
    3. Pearson would give us the short sharp shock that we need. He would also help us get out , if relegated
    4. Moyes would bring defensive solidity and some respect back to the club. He may not play sweet football but then, neither do watford and everyone loves Flores.
    5. If only Pardew had stayed.

    My best guess is Moyes but we need a massive clearout in the summer as very few managers sill get consistency from lazy barstewards like Sissoko.

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  • The Wife

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Robleenio

    I’ve always wondered what type of hair products Ayoze used. His hair always looked the same from first whistle to last: perfectly in place. I affectionately call him “Helmet Head” 🙂

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Man Utd having a £627m revenue year, could have been better but I’m sure they’ll learn to deal with the disappointment –

    “Despite the record revenues executive, Manchester United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the club still valued playing success on the field most highly

    He said: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.

    Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies”

    So that’s Man U. One of two clubs in that city.

    How come the Geordies are deluded for thinking that’s what this club should be benchmarking it’s ambition on? They have revenue AND trophies in their sights. We have a billboard for SD and a sock flogger for an owner who is worth fortunes but is supposedly a benefactor for loaning himself £100m.

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  • dougie

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Sports Direct FC is nothing more than than an affront to sport.The parasite and the rat Charnley need lynching.Its no longer a sporting enterprise that tries to succeed it,s just an advertising vehicle for the slugs tat shops.Relegation is nailed on for the third time with Bruce at the helm.Almiron and Joelinton aren’t premier league quality and will not be able to provide the goals required at this level to survive.The gamble has already backfired,get ready for Championship football next season and we won’t be coming straight back next time.Boycott this shit show!

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Ayoze uses “Lego Man” by Castrol. A high temperature track grease designed to stay in place and not melt even in extremes of heat and wind speed.

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  • Moonraker15

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m now resigned-to and accepting of relegation this season. It’s the first major step in Ashley’s departure because a. We ain’t coming straight back up this time and b. I would rather have my club back even in the Championship if Ashley was gone!
    Sad but I don’t see any way Ashley leaves while we’re in the PL and if we are not even trying to win anything I can’t support them!

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Rotunda , from the man who doesnt comment about football, I’ll take that as a compliment. I have no issue with sports science , and I didnt want Bruce, but did say we have to give him a go, now that he is in the job. Sadly the predicted failure is happening early. In the meantime Rotunda, why not tell us that Ashley is useless. We havent heard that one before.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    To be fair to Munster though, after he said he wanted Pardew back he did actually say in brackets he was only kidding. You left that bit out cheekily mind .

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Let Munster finish his hamlet in peace , that piano music is rather soothing ….

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m toying with the idea of watching one of the cup matches or starting the Sopranos, never watched any of it.

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  • Paully

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    “Bleatin’ n Bruced
    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:32 PM
    Comment #23
    To be fair to Munster though, after he said he wanted Pardew back he did actually say in brackets he was only kidding. You left that bit out cheekily mind .”

    Must have been a cut and paste error guvnor, I blame the low batteries in this mouse.

    (I’d have gotten away with it too if It wasn’t for those meddling kids).

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  • Paully

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Op, The Sopranos is a quality piece of telly.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 24, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t forget about perez ability to win the ball back off opposition. Not often mentioned and often missed here but a big help in the defensive make up of the team.

    He was after all the highest ranked attacking player last season for tackles, recoveries and interceptions.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Klopp I believe is on 7m or at least he was (not sure if he’s been given a new deal for champs league). So what we are saying then is Rafa managing a team battling relegation should be earning more than the champions league manager who is tasked with winning the title?

    As for Rafa not having the money available that’s just utter rubbish the funds made available to Bruce would have been to Rafa. I do agree that Rafa wanted more control over the signings and that would have made a huge difference in his decision and that’s why Ashley is an idiot!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Sopranos is like the best ever.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Nufc-83,
    Nobody is saying that the money wouldn’t have been available for Rafa, but he would have had to agree on Joelinton or then have Churnley go down his list of targets until they found the cheapest, you then end up with a Joselu and the manager gets the grief for that. Do you honestly think that he had Manquillo in mind as an upgrade on Yedlin.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t disagree with you on that point Jail

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Rafa’s wages wasn’t even the stumbling block anyway, it was conveniently used as an excuse after they turned down every other request. They wanted shot of him from that January in the Championship, they’d have gladly seen him walk and have brought Bruce in to try and finish the job.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    So why dismiss the claim as rubbish when he wouldn’t really have had the funds, Churnley would.

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  • Reilly

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Hasenhüttl is on 7 mill a year.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Ah the wife, you’ve missed an opportunity again.

    You should, of course, call him helmet ‘heed’.

    I’m sure Dr Ed is very disappointed with you, Wor Lass.

    😉

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  • Paully

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #37

    I believe Rafa was thinking of his team more than himself when pushing for more money.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #38

    OP if you watch the Sopranos, you’ll not be disappointed.

    Possibly the best American drama series I’ve watched. Either that or Breaking Bad.

    #NUFC

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Wonder why Ashley hasn’t bought Man Ure – that would be perfect for him, them and us.
    Everyone a winner

    Revenues at Manchester United have hit a record £627m for the year to July.
    This was despite the football club enduring a “turbulent season” in 2018-19 that saw the departure of manager Jose Mourinho and the team finish sixth in the Premier League.
    Broadcast revenue soared by 18% thanks to a new Uefa Champions League deal, while commercial income was flat.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail I agree that Rafa would have listed targets then when the club failed to negotiate and moved on it would have annoyed him and forced his decision. What I don’t agree is that Rafa only had one target then the 2nd and 3rd choice on the list was not his as well. Which means that if we did sign players like manquillo that is still a Rafa signing and he still got the money so to speak it just wasn’t his first choice.

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