I can see why people like Ayoze Perez.
He comes across as a canny lad and does have a certain level of skill.
One of the players to possibly/probably benefit from Mike Ashley refusing to properly back Rafa Benitez this summer in the transfer market, Ayoze Perez has found himself starting all five Premier League games so far this season.
Yesterday (see below) I had an article on The Mag talking about Joselu, my conclusion being after looking at his stats, that we needed to see more than he had previously shown in a top division. The 27 year old Spanish striker never having previously scored double figures in a league season.
That wasn’t to say he was no use, more that he would have a part to play but needed to stick away chances like the three he failed with against Stoke if Joselu was to prove good enough to be first choice.
I now find myself thinking/writing the same about his countryman. Ayoze Perez has some silky skills but what extra information do the stats show:
2014/15 – 36 Premier League appearances (25 starts 11 as a sub) and 7 goals and 0 assists
2015/16 – 34 Premier League appearances (22 starts 12 as a sub) and 6 goals and 2 assists
2016/17 – 36 Championship appearances (25 starts 11 as a sub) and 9 goals and 6 assists
2017/18 – 5 Premier League appearances (5 starts 0 as a sub) and 0 goals and 1 assist
As a striker/number 10, I look at 3 assists in 75 Premier League appearances (52 starts) and have to think this is nowhere near enough.
Same with goalscoring, 13 goals in those 75 PL games.
I look at the Ayoze Perez stats in the Championship and in 36 appearances (25 starts) he got 9 goals and 6 assists, those are the kind of figures he needs to reproduce this season in the Premier League to deserve his place.
I hope he can do it but one massive obstacle stands in his way.
Ayoze Perez often reminds me of the proverbial fat kid who has the skill to outwit an opponent but after outskilling the other player, doesn’t then have the pace to take advantage of that and turn it into a goal for himself or a chance for another.
If this season ends up with a centre-forward not scoring 15+ for Newcastle, then we desperately need the supporting cast to be scoring plenty of goals.
Goals so far from Lascelles (2) and Clark have been a massive bonus but we can’t count on those, we need the midfield/wingers – including Ayoze Perez, to be making and scoring goals.
John Martin writing on The Mag – 20 September 2017:
Well, at the age of 27 Joselu isn’t a kid and this is his sixth season of playing in the top division of a major league (Spain, Germany, England).
2012/13 – 25 league appearances (17 starts 8 as a sub) and 5 goals and 2 assists for Hoffenheim
2013/14 – 24 league appearances (18 starts 6 as a sub) and 9 goals and 2 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt
2014/15 – 30 league appearances (28 starts 2 as a sub) and 8 goals and 3 assists for Hannover
2015/16 – 22 league appearances (10 starts 12 as a sub) and 4 goals and 1 assist for Stoke
2016/17 – 20 league appearances (9 starts 11 as a sub) and 5 goals and 1 assist for Deportivo
2017/18 – 4 league appearances (3 starts 1 as a sub) and 1 goal and 0 assists for Newcastle United
So overall in these past six seasons of top flight football, Joselu has scored 32 league goals in 125 appearances (85 starts, 40 off the bench) and got 9 assists.
A few things strike you, the main negative being that the Spanish striker has never scored double figures in any league season (Spanish Shola..?).
In mitigation though, he has rarely been given the chance at any club to be an automatic first choice, apart from maybe at Hannover.
The other stand out thing is that this season is his sixth season in a row at a different club – six clubs in six years is hardly a recipe for success and building a rapport/relationship with teammates.
It isn’t a case of writing Joselu off but you have to think it is going to take a major improvement in front of goal, if the Spaniard is going to be a 15 goals a season forward for Newcastle.