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WARNING: Alan Pardew Says He Hopes Ayoze Perez Can Succeed This Season

6 years ago
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I can feel the desperation noose tightening further around our collective necks, with Alan Pardew now declaring that he is hoping Ayoze Perez can be a success this coming season.

The striker turns 21 next month and has never played in the top tier, only appearing in the Spanish lower leagues.

However, this hasn’t stopped the Newcastle manager, in the absence of any other signing who could potentially score goals, saying that Perez ‘is a fantastic talent’ and he hopes that this will be his ‘breakthrough season.

So rather than letting him slip quietly into St.James’ Park and hopefully eventually find his feet, already the pressure is being heaped on this player who has achieved absolutely nothing in his career as yet.

Alan Pardew saying this to the Sunderland Echo;

“We hope he (Ayoze Perez) has a breakthrough season for us.

“He is slight and has a bit of work to do in terms of his body and getting up to speed in the Premier League.

“But he is a fantastic talent, he has scored a lot of goals and we have high hopes for him.”

For the record, Perez has scored 17 goals in 50 appearances in the lower Spanish leagues.

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Whether he is a fantastic talent or not I don’t know, obviously we all hope he is, but it does the forward no favours at all by putting this hope in fans’ heads.

It is a bit like saying he hopes 17 year old Adam Armstrong has a great Premier League season this coming year.

We’d all love it to happen but it is totally unrealistic, these players need protecting and coached along the route to eventually, gradually, being absorbed into the first team picture.

Thanks to no credible signing of strikers or goalscoring midfielders so far this summer, Pardew comes out with this ‘feelgood’ rubbish.

It reminds me very much of when Newcastle failed to build on that excellent fifth place finish with the only semi-credible senior signing being Vurnon Anita.

Romain Amalfitano was the only signing for the first couple of months of that summer window and was given the full treatment after being plucked from the French second division, including a big interview in the Chronicle (at least we have been spared that with Perez etc now!) and big headlines on the official club website etc.

Sadly, the more Newcastle United make of what should be low key signings such as Perez, the bigger the worries become for the rest of the summer.

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