Ayoze Perez has stated that sometimes a little bit of a rest does a player good.

The young Newcastle star coming to the defence of John Carver who had left him out of the starting line-up for a month.

Perez had last made the starting eleven in the five goal drubbing at Manchester City, before returning and looking sharp against Arsenal on Saturday.

“Sometimes a player needs a bit of a rest, I think it’s good and I don’t have a problem.

“I feel better and I feel fresh now, if he (John Carver) wants me to play then I am ready.”

Working hard for Sunderland:

“We must play all the games like we did in that second half against Arsenal, we need to keep training and working hard for the derby.

“Arsenal have got top players but in the second half we were stronger and we had a lot of chances.”

In all three matches where Ayoze Perez was left on the bench, he still ended up on the pitch.

Twice he replaced the ineffective Emmanuel Riviere and at Everton he replaced Obertan who was having a nightmare, along with most of his teammates.

Many Newcastle fans hadn’t been happy to see one of United’s bright spots this season left on the bench but in truth his performances had tailed off, little wonder with the general downward trend of the team displays and results.

Perez caused Arsenal’s defenders a lot of problems at the weekend and hopefully he will show similar against Sunderland’s lumbering centre-backs.

With no Papiss Cisse in the team there will be massive responsibility on the SPanish striker’s shoulders to try and get the goal(s) to win the match.

Perez played the full match at St. James’ Park in December against Sunderland and and had one of his least effective matches of the season.

He has shown he is no respecter of reputations and fingers crossed that Ayoze Perez thrives on his first visit to the dark side.