Steve McClaren has been explaining why he dropped Ayoze Perez for Sunday’s match against Liverpool.

The Head Coach says that he thinks that the Spanish striker is a ‘fantastic player’ but that sometimes ‘form goes up and down’.

I would agree with both of those sentiments but the form bit applies to all of the Newcastle players this season.

Even Gini Wijnaldum, despite his seven goals and the points he has helped win for the team, has been anonymous in many games, including the three previous ones before the Liverpool win.

If you had taken a straw poll before last Sunday, then a massive majority would have chosen Ayoze Perez to play ahead of Moussa Sissoko for example. However, there is a perception that despite McClaren’s words, he doesn’t really rate Perez as highly as he should.

The Spaniard always works hard and makes a contribution, unlike some of his teammates, even when things aren’t going well.

Plus Ayoze Perez scored goals in the draw against Chelsea and win over Norwich, as well as scoring from the only chance the team created at Bournemouth.

Steve McClaren has hinted that he could make a change and possibly bring Perez back in for the Spurs match but I don’t think there is any way he’ll change a winning team.

With Ayoze Perez the one to be left out and other positions in the team desperately needing to be strengthened, the feeling still remains that he could be sold in January if a decent offer comes in, if McClaren needs to sell before he buys.

Steve McClaren:

“Ayoze Perez is a fantastic player but sometimes form goes up and down. We have got good players.

“I have got to say Siem de Jong has been very frustrated, but also very patient, and I think he deserved his opportunity after coming on against Crystal Palace.

“We said we will just go for a bit of experience with Siem de Jong & Papiss Cisse, and they worked well together.

“It’s always a dilemma (whether to change a winning team) and I don’t like doing it, as you like to gain momentum, but Tottenham are a very different opponent and a different proposition.”