Steve McClaren has been quizzed as to why he hasn’t been playing Ayoze Perez.

The final insult coming on Wednesday night when Yoan Gouffran was played ahead of the talented Spaniard.

An insult to every single Newcastle fan, especially to those who travelled to Stoke, but a real personal affront to Ayoze Perez.

The idea of Gouffran actually being in the squad is bad enough, never mind actually getting onto the pitch.

Steve McClaren then compounded matters at the Britannia Stadium, when making his first change with under 20 minutes left, he sent on Emmanuel (one Premier League goal in 20 months) Riviere and still left Ayoze Perez on the bench.

Finally sending Doumbia and Perez on with a few minutes left and Newcastle behind – the team suddenly, not surprisingly, looking like it had a goal in it.

Steve McClaren has only given Ayoze Perez one Premier League start in the last seven weeks and typical of our clueless Head Coach, he played the 22 year old as a sole striker with zero support.

In advance of the game against Bournemouth, Steve McClaren was asked why Ayoze Perez isn’t getting a chance, with Wednesday fresh in the mind when Gouffran was preferred and Newcastle had no attacking threat whatsoever.

Steve McClaren:

“He (Ayoze Perez) is a damn good player.

“He is a match winner, he is a young player developing and who needs more consistency in his game, in terms of during a game and game to game.

“We have said that to him…he is still maturing.

“Players with great ability like that are sometimes like that…aren’t they?”

Picture the scene, can you imagine when McClaren sat Perez down and explained all this to him.

‘Yes you’re a great player but until you show the same kind of consistency as Gouffran, Riviere, Moussa (no goals all season) Sissoko and Gini (zero away goals) Wijnaldum, you’ll be staying on that bench son’.