Newcastle fans are continually wondering how Ayoze Perez can be left out of a side showing so little creativity and goal threat.

Thankfully, Steve McClaren appears to have eventually realised that overlooking the Spanish striker isn’t an option.

The Head Coach acknowledging that when Perez came on against West Ham for the final half hour, he made a real difference.

McClaren saying that the young striker wanted the ball when he came on and tried to do something with it, something which he says he wasn’t getting from the other players.

The United boss has also spoken of no cutting edge in the team and lacking quality in the final third of the pitch, something which he accepts has been a problem in every match since looking half decent against Southampton on the opening day.

Steve McClaren also gave Siem de Jong credit for helping to make some difference as well when he came off the bench.

Before the West Ham match, 88% of fans in our poll wanted Ayoze Perez to start the game and then in the player ratings after the game, supporters made him Newcastle’s top man despite only playing for the last half hour.

It is surely now inconceivable that Ayoze Perez won’t start on Saturday against Watford, with Siem de Jong also surely a live contender as he at least also showed some composure and effort to do something a bit different.

Steve McClaren:

“He (Ayoze Perez) came on and wanted the ball, took the ball, made a difference.

“That is what we needed and he gave us that, we didn’t have too much elsewhere.”

Siem de Jong:

“I also thought Siem came on and made a difference.

“It was difficult for everybody in terms of the service and we lacked quality in the final third – that has been a concern for four games.”


“If you don’t defend well at the other end and concede bad goals…and you can’t score, you are going to lose games and we need a reaction now.”