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Ayoze Perez has to stop this embarrassing behaviour

2 months ago
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When Ayoze Perez put his fingers in his ears after scoring against Watford, I thought surely that isn’t what I think it is.

When he did the same 36 days later following his equaliser against Wolves, it was simple disbelief that he was doing it again.

The former Tenerife striker obviously making a statement that he has proved people wrong.

Fair enough, a small vocal minority have given him stick following game after game where he had offered next to nothing, but the vast majority have just sat there waiting and willing him to do something of use.

Newcastle fans want all the players to do well, even the ones they don’t rate.

There have been plenty of examples of players down the years who have won the fans over through ability and effort, but not by sarcastically sticking their fingers in their lugs when they eventually do something of any use.

When he did the fingers in ears on Sunday I could have understood if it had been after a hat-trick to win the match or if it was his tenth goal of the season.

However, he plays in that luxury second striker/attacking midfielder role and hardly, if ever, looks like scoring or creating a goal.

Ayoze Perez has featured in every Premier League match so far, 13 starts and 3 as a sub, and has managed the princely sum of two goals and one assist (all goals/assists stats from WhoScored).

Altogether in three and a half Premier League seasons, Perez has scored 23 goals and got 8 assists, so you are talking about an average of 2 assists per season and between 6 and 7 goals.

He turns 26 in July and should be in his prime but his head appears to be somewhere else, I think these daft interviews where journalists ask embarrassing questions such as about playing for Spain and/or moving to Barcelona, have gone to his head.

I’m sorry but with what he has/hasn’t achieved for Newcastle United, I think he would be lucky to get another Premier League club to take him on, and if they did, it certainly wouldn’t be one that wasn’t fighting relegation.

Ayoze Perez clearly has some skill/ability but with so little pace for a striker, he has to do an awful lot to convince anybody he is good enough for Newcastle, never mind Barcelona and Spain.

Stick you fingers in your ears when you have scored 10+ goals and managed 10+ assists this season, but not before. He has managed neither in any season so far.

As for his pretending to be injured routine, I have never seen any of our players embarrass themselves so often, in over 30 years of watching NUFC.

No wonder Mike Dean didn’t give that red card and penalty on Sunday because Perez must be notorious amongst the referees for his play acting.

The Spaniard said after the Wolves match that he can’t wait for VAR to come in.

He should be careful what he wishes for because his persistent attempts to cheat the match officials will end up being punished far more often with the help of VAR.

Maybe he can prove the silent majority wrong, as well as the vocal minority, but first of all he needs to get his fingers out of his ears and stay on his feet.
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