Ahead of the (latest) vital Newcastle match at Liverpool, Ayoze Perez has been talking about the influence Rafa Benitez ios having at St James Park.
The young striker thinks that he has learnt a lot from the new boss in only a few weeks, saying that he and Rafa ‘speak the same language’.
Ayoze Perez clearly meaning the language of football and not just that of them sharing the same mother tongue.
Rafa Benitez had started with Perez against Leicester, Sunderland and Southampton, before taking him out of the firing line and using the former Tenerife player as an impact sub against Norwich and Swansea.
Rafa then showing further bravery in his team selection when recalling Ayoze Perez at the expense of Gini Wijnaldum on Tuesday night, the move paying benefits as Perez worked hard throughout and Wijnaldum responded by almost winning the game from the bench in the final stages.
Ayoze Perez talks of the game at Anfield as a must win game and certainly victory would be immeasurable in boosting both confidence and the survival chances.
Realistically a point would be magnificent but it’s nice to believe that the players could be going there with real belief.
“It was a good point (v Man City), we fought and that is important for us – we are in a good way and we could have won the game at the end,”
“We’re playing as a team, we are as one with the fans and it is a good feeling.
“We have to keep going, we’re closer now and need to keep fighting.
“After Saturday, we got more confidence and that is important for us, we worked together as a unit and showed passion – a good point for us.
“When we play this way we can beat anyone and we have to keep working in this way – we have to win these two away games.
“We know we haven’t doing well away from home but we have a big chance on Saturday against a big team, we know that we have to win this game.
“Personally, I felt really good, we fought together and we have worked really well and in just a few weeks (under Rafa) I am learning a lot.
“We speak the same language – he always wants me to learn new things and be a better player.”