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Newcastle Striker ‘I Want To Add My Two Cents To Help My Teammates’

6 years ago

Ayoze Perez made his international debut for the Spanish Under 21s on Thursday and is hoping to take his chance for both club and country, the player pleasantly surprised at the opportunities coming his way in such a short space of time.

With Newcastle desperate for goals and Riviere failing to impress, the news of a long-term injury to Siem De Jong  could give Ayoze Perez his chance at St.James’ Park a lot earlier than anticipated, the player having already been involved as a substitute in all four of United’s matches so far.

At international level as well, there may have never been a better time to be a young player in Spain with the chance to be part of Vincent Del Bosque’s plans.

With great players such as Xavi, Alnos, Puyol and Villa all retiring from international football, there are wholesale chances for new players to make their mark.

As an example, Perez replaced Munir El Haddadi in that 1-0 Spanish Under 21 win over Hungary.

That was Munir’s first experience of international football as well, yet despite only that 77 minutes of Under 21 football and two starts (one goal) for Barcelona, Munir has had a surprise call-up for the senior Spanish side as they play Macedonia tonight in a Euro qualifier. Injury to Diego Costa giving the young Barca striker his chance.

Going back to Ayoze Perez, the senior Spanish side will still seem a very very distant thought, but all young players can ask for is the opportunity to show what they can do.

With Newcastle United’s under strength squad, both in terms of numbers and quality, I have a feeling that Perez will be getting his chance(s) at St.James’ Park very soon – let’s hope he is a quick learner!

This is what Ayoze Perez had to say about the many changes both for club and country;

“I didn’t expect to be called up and it was much appreciated surprise, giving me immense joy when I found out.

For any young man, representing your country is the best thing.

“In a short space of time I’ve experienced many changes, though I couldn’t ask for more.

“At Newcastle things are going well and I have been welcomed now by my new Under 21 teammates.

“I’m very happy with how things have gone and I want to add my two cents to help my teammates.

“My strengths are in attack and think I’m a fast and capable player – it is time to make the most of my chance.”


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