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Ayoze Perez : The great Newcastle United conundrum

1 year ago
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Ayoze Perez has been at Newcastle since the summer of 2014, when he was signed from Tenerife for a fee in the region of 1.5 million pounds.

The Spaniard going on to make 115 appearances and score 23 goals so far.

However, he divides fans like few others in the Newcastle team, with some thinking that he works hard for the team and creates space for others – which justifies his place in the team, whilst others believe that his lack of end product should see him dropped and replaced by someone else (possibly play Shelvey further up, or Ritchie moves inside allowing Murphy or Aarons a chance).

Either way, what cannot be denied about Perez is that the lad has talent, but needs to show it more consistently to warrant a place in this Newcastle team.

So far he has started every game of this Premier League season and contributed one goal and one assist, which in a 4-2-3-1 formation where the number 10 has to play a crucial role in both goals and assists, quite simply is not good enough.

I did see one video, which showed how Perez creates space for the other attackers, but personally speaking I believe Joselu does that much better than Perez. It is Ayoze Perez who should be taking advantage of the space created for him, by getting into goal scoring positions more often.

In our most recent game against Palace, Perez was awful, he lost the ball at every opportunity and did not link up well with the rest of the front four. It was no coincidence that Newcastle played a lot better when Perez came off, replaced by Diame who was busy on the ball and put himself about, making me think that he should start next week against Burnley.

Perez’ performance on Saturday was such a shame because in the previous game against Southampton he was actually very good, scored a nice goal and offered a threat in the time he was on the field. West Ham at home is also a performance that stands out with Perez – but apart from, that I feel he has been very average this season and though he wins the ball back well and presses the opposition defence, he offers nothing on the ball at the moment and maybe it is through lack of options that he is consistently starting.

Now, here is the conundrum part, because Ayoze Perez in his three years at Newcastle has shown some signs of quality. They indicate that this lad has some serious talent…think back to some of the goals he has scored and it’s hard to say that he doesn’t have talent – strikes against West Brom away, both Chelsea and Barnsley at home, were all excellent finishes.

We all must remember that he is only 24 and will hopefully continue to improve under the guidance of Rafa; I just feel that for now he may need to spend some time on the bench because currently he isn’t producing the goods, luckily for him and us the fans, the rest of the lads certainly are.
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