Ayoze Perez is still living the dream at St James Park and says sometimes he ‘can’t believe it’ when he is involved in big Premier League games.
Hard to believe for both the player and the fans, just what progress the striker has made after just one full season in the Spanish second tier.
Bought as one for the future, Ayoze Perez was involved from the very first Premier League match last season, finally playing in 36 of the 38 games.
With seven goals in that first year at Newcastle, the forward says that he did ‘good numbers’ but all he cares about now is working and doing his best for the team.
That was seen no better in his last ‘big game’ for Newcastle, playing in an unaccustomed left side of midfield role, Perez put in an excellent performance for the team.
However, he was then left out as the team was reshuffled to accommodate both Florian Thauvin and Moussa Sissoko.
With Mitrovic and Cisse seemingly the first two choices to play as the lone striker in what appears to be Steve McClaren’s preferred system, plus Wijnaldum the clear selection to play in the middle behind that forward, unfortunately Perez seems to be the odd one out in terms of chances to play in his best position(s).
With Siem de Jong lying in wait for Wijnaldum’s central midfield attacking position, Perez’ is probably pushed further back in the queue.
A big favourite with the fans, Ayoze Perez would be the choice of the majority of supporters to be in the team but despite seemingly being set to figure mainly on the bench, his attitude is something that further endears him to the crowd.
“It is harder because I had a good season last year and I have to keep going and improve, maybe do better if I can.
“I did good numbers but I don’t think about the numbers or to do better than last year, just work and do my best for the team.”
“I always want to improve, I always want to be better, so if I can score more goals then that is a good thing for me. I feel comfortable with the team and I’m happy with the start of the season.
“I am still thinking the same – like it’s a dream. In a big game, sometimes I can’t believe it.”