Asked about the transfer speculation involving clubs such as Manchester and especially Tottenham, Ayoze Perez says that he is happy at Newcastle and couldn’t ask for anything more as he is improving all of the time.

The reality of course is that not many players are ever bold/daft enough to say anything else when asked such a question.

If there is a club such as Spurs putting the money down and Mike Ashley decides he would be happy to see a very rare example of his transfer policy working – buy low sell high – then it is a totally different situation to talking hypothetically.

With 10 goals in 35 Premier League starts (plus 13 as sub) already, Ayoze Perez has done far more than could have been imagined when he stepped out of the Spanish second tier, especially as his all round play is excellent as well, plus he has rarely been used as an out and out striker.

In a struggling team, players like Perez who don’t have an obvious position (is he a striker or midfielder and where ideally should he play on the pitch?) can sometimes be more easily sacrificed, especially at a clueless club like Newcastle.

He is arguably United’s most talented player but if the only way new players will be brought in during January is if others are sold to fund them, then it is a very short list of Newcastle players who clubs would want to buy and pay decent money for.

No way do I think he should be sold but if he is offered the chance to go to say Spurs, I wouldn’t blame Ayoze Perez for leaving this mess behind him.

It can hardly have helped when McClaren made the Spaniard his main scapegoat on Saturday by dragging him off at half-time and in his latest bizarre experiment, replaced a striker with a defender when Newcastle were 3-1 down.

Like most of his genius tactics this one worked as expected, within three minutes United were 4-1 down and were only lucky that Palace took it relatively easy on them after that killer goal.

Ayoze Perez was speaking to The Mail after picking up his north east player of the year award on Sunday night:

“I am happy here, I’m playing and getting better, I can’t ask for anything else because I am happy here.

“I hope one day that I can play for Spain, it would be a dream for me, but I will have to work hard because I’m still young and I have a lot to do to achieve that dream.

“Things have gone very well for me at Newcastle so far and I am really happy to get my award. It is a big pleasure for me. If I get this, it is because I have done something well.”