‘One for the future’ Ayoze Perez, featured in 36 of Newcastle United’s 38 Premier League matches, yet says the highlight of his season was one of the two games where he didn’t even get off the bench.

On the last day of the season the Spanish striker was surpisingly left out, a decision that would have  seen John Carver slated if Newcastle hadn’t survived.

Despite being dropped though, Ayoze Pereez says that the 2-0 win over West Ham was undoubted the highlight of his year on Tyneside.

His words a testament to his character, rather than picking out personal moments over and above the team.

Needless to say, a refeshing snippet at a time when most fans doubt the commitment and character of so many players.

It is always one of those ironic things, that injuries and the failings of others then present opportunities to others that otherwise would never have been there.

If the likes of Riviere, Ferreyra and Cabella hadn’t been so dire, and Papiss Cisse struggling to decide whether he wanted to be injured or suspended at any particular time, we would never have discovered this season just what a ray of sunshine this unexpected highlight from the Spanish second tier has proved to be.

Ayoze Perez:

“I’m very happy with the way things have gone as I didn’t expect to adapt to English football so quickly.

“Literally, I have achieved all the goals I had when I came, beyond my expectations, and so I am very, very happy.”

Favourite moment:

“My favourite moment of the season, the best moment undoubtedly the last game….very emotional, especially when we scored the two goals.

“It felt great and it was very emotional on a personal level, despite all the troubles we went through in the season, the fans always stayed with us, supporting us right through to the end. We managed to get the energy from them to get through this season.”

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