Ayoze Perez hasn’t proved good enough this season.

However, you can hardly single him out in what had been a winless opening 10 matches.

The reality being that only a very small group of players had done themselves justice, the likes of Dubravka and Fernandez, with maybe Shelvey as well up to a point.

With Ayoze Perez, it is probably because he plays in such a crucial role and has just not produced. The number 10 role is key to the success of the team and no goals and only one assists is/was clearly not good enough.

It is ironic then that when dropped, he ended up scoring the winner against Watford.

Did being dropped spur him on or was it just right place and right time, who cares?

You are only bothered about the ball hitting the back of the net at the time but on reflection it was disappointing to see Perez’ reaction to the goal being to stand in front of the celebrating fans with his fingers in his ears. Seemingly a pointed response to those supporters who think he hasn’t deserved his place in the team.

Compared to most clubs, the Newcastle fans have been very restrained this season considering the poor football they have watched from Ayoze Perez AND most of his teammates. In reality, only a very small number of fans have chosen to go vocal with their unhappiness.

Ahead of the Bournemouth match where he looks certain to start after Muto picked up that injury, Ayoze Perez claims he is self-aware and says ‘I’m honest with myself. Nobody needs to tell me if I’m doing well, better or not.’

The bottom line is that for all the players, if they go out and perform then nothing else matters.

The lack of investment in the squad has meant that Rafa and his players have been left open to criticism, much of it unfair – especially for the manager, because of results and where they find themselves in the table.

Even more than last season, the team has to show it is better than the individuals that make it up, consecutive wins via a victory against a skilful and confident Bournemouth side would be another major step forward

Ayoze Perez:

“There are two things you can think when you are left out…

“You can think in a bad way, start thinking too much.

“I think the best thing you can do is be honest with yourself.

“Obviously, respect the decision, and then, as soon as you have the opportunity, prove that you’re able to do it. That’s it. That’s the main thing.

“As a footballer, we like to complain and make excuses, but that doesn’t help you.

“In this case, the main thing is to believe in yourself and keep going in the right direction and prove what you can do.

“I’m honest with myself.

“Nobody needs to tell me if I’m doing well, better or not.

“I think, as a footballer, I realise when I’m doing well and I’m not doing well. That is it.

“The thing is how you react to that and how you take it. That’s it.

“It hasn’t been the best performance by me during the beginning of the season, but what is also true is that I’ve had a couple of chances, and with a bit of luck, we would have been talking about something different.”



  • Kenny

    Now in his 5th season at Newcastle, had a purple patch of 6 months last season and Rafa has been trying to replace him with a real number 10 for over 2 years only to be thwarted by the Fat Rat, a bench warmer.

    • Danimal

      I think he’s a very good squad player, picked up for very little money. If the club was run properly he’d be an excellent back-up option. He does have potential to be a bit more than that. The problem I’ve seen is how poor his finishing is when he is clean through on goal and has time to think about it. Most of his goals seem to be first time strikes and improvisations like Saturday’s header or the goal at Leicester last season. Those are great but if he could do the other part, we’d have a player. Can it be coached?

      • Kenny

        Potential, he has been at Newcastle for over 4 years, the last 2 under some of the best coaches in Europe, i`m afraid he is a squad player.
        i would have liked him to develop but you can only wait so long

        • Leazes.

          Its irrelevant….. Shola had potential for a whole career and still ended up in the ‘Hall of Fame’…. he’s good enough for a club that has no ambition.

          • KennySamsung

            Can you read my mind?

          • Peaky

            Divvent ask him that he’ll probably say “yes”….🤣🤣

          • KennySamsung

            He doesn’t want to read my mind, its full of “what a load of rubbish”, “sack the board”, “all we are saying is give us a goal”, “me granny with her shopping bags can run faster than you”, all the Ashley chants, “you only sing when ya fishing” (Grimsby old second division), “HELP” Stamford Bridge 1981. Could go on!

          • Paul Patterson

            He was a perfect fit for this club. He was bang average at best. Taylor was another classic example, cheap, average and already at the club so costs nowt.

          • KennySamsung

            Gan on Paul lad, Taylor great at who can die the best (ref penalty) that’s die by the way not dive, was it Aston Villa away can’t remember?

          • Paul Patterson

            It was Villa at home, the infamous ‘Dyer vs Bowyer’ fight. We lost 4-1

      • JohnnyH

        His strike rate is only 1 in 5. Like Kenny says if he was going to develop into a stand out player, you’d be wanting to see it on the pitch by now.

        • KennySamsung

          This article should have read “Who hates Perez ~ come on hands up”
          He’s a decent guy (a bit greasy) but at least he knows he’s average which is good sign.

      • Billmag

        Exactly when he has time to think he invariably fluff’s it.

  • Themoscow72

    The player who kept us up last season with his vital goals some of which were spectacular on the verge of world class. Will do it again this season once we have a settled centre forward. Has missed Gayle badly.

    • Kenny

      A slight breeze and the guy hits the deck, imagine what would happen in a
      Gayle.
      😂😂

      • Themoscow72

        At Palace last season was in the third row near the pitch and most of our players went down far to easy. A much as I think Diame is very limited to say the least he gives us a bit of strength as most are to lightweight. Perez two goals Saturday.

        • Peaky

          Is that to go with his hat trick v Southampton???

    • KennySamsung

      On the verge of world class but not world class? Sorry I’m a synical old fart it’s just sometimes he doesn’t turn up then plays some great football when he has to, very frustrating.

  • Wor Lass

    He seems to be a class person and always says the right things but he hasn`t fulfilled his potential. He`s got skill and vision and whenever we threaten the opposition goal he`s invariably involved. He`s also bagged a fair few crucial goals for us. But he`s also guilty of misses which, if he`d taken them, would have made him a top goal scorer. His biggest fault for me, though, is the amount of time he spends on the deck whinging to the referee. I do like the lad but time is running out for him to get his act together and establish himself as a real PL force. Being part of a better team would help him but as Rafa upgrades the team (post Fat Rat, I assume) then Perez could find himself second fiddle or elsewhere.

    • Kenny

      Jog my memory, how often do we threaten the opposing team
      😂😂

      • Wor Lass

        Well, we`re threatening to turn out on Saturday. When i say “turn out” ….

        • Kenny

          one question, how long you been in France

          • Wor Lass

            On and off for 15 years but permanently for 5. I get back when I can but my family don`t live in Newcastle now either.

          • Peaky

            Kenny is still angling for a 2 week all inclusive at ‘Chez Wor Lass’ before brexit kicks in…😂😂

          • KennySamsung

            Bonjour

          • Wor Lass

            Ah, I`ve got it now. Buenos dias, amigo! Has somebody turned you loose?

          • KennySamsung

            I’m on the Mag before I have to go back

          • Wor Lass

            Back?

    • KennySamsung

      Second fiddle.. that reminds me of those two Irish Newcastle supporters coming over but not going to the game.
      Don’t mention fiddle where Ashleys concerned for obvious reasons. 😉

    • Billmag

      Well put Wor Lass I was going to post something similar myself.

    • Leazes.

      Who Brian Standen?

      • Wor Lass

        Anyone who gets his kicks by leaping from tall buildings has my respect, Leazes!

        • Kev Newcastle England

          Ray Donovan

          • Wor Lass

            Brian Standen!

  • Leazes.

    I see that the Shields Gazette have been so patient in waiting for a Newcastle Transfer Story they’re now branching out to cover Manchester United and Chelsea…..

    Headline…..

    ….Newcastle urged to secure shock £3million Manchester United transfer | Chelsea want £35m striker | Arsenal linked with Juventus ace | Updates on Liverpool and West Ham – Premier League rumours

    Maybe its only time before Ryder and Douglas start stories on the back pages about Liverpool and Bradford.

    Shame of the Shields Gazette!

    • KennySamsung

      Yeh but what about Perez? I see what your doing here .. who cares! lol
      Good shout!

      • Leazes.

        Unfortunately the Mag writers do article which interest them….although that is probably stretching it….. as the author never comes onto to comment section to argue a proposoition in the headline.

        It suggests that these cut n paste jobbies are page fillers by a full time media johnny who doesn’t support United but is only interested in his or her brief to fill pages.

        There isn’t anyone called Graham Porter or Jackie Smithfield……they are made up names.

        #BoycottWolves

        • KennySamsung

          Porter named after a drink and Smithfield after a market.. could have been named Brown and Grainger, bolocks to all of them!

          • Leazes.

            Smithfield is a very rare surname in these or any parts…. as is Samsung

          • Peaky

            😂😂😂😂😂

          • KennySamsung

            To be honest I mispelt Samson when setting up my account but liked it anyway. Bell End wasn’t accepted

          • Peaky

            Now he’s got your real name expect a full account of your lineage and where your surname originates from by 9pm.

          • KennySamsung

            Look forward to it, I’ll probably be pished by 9pm so should make for good reading. Did you know I actually do know Leazes, we both have seats in the Gallowgate

          • Peaky

            Leazes in the Gallowgate…..now it’s getting confusing….enjoy your ale 🍺🍺🍺

          • KennySamsung

            Thanks Mr Blinders

          • Wor Lass

            I went to see Gregory Porter a couple of months back – he was ace!

          • Danimal

            What are Lacey-Hatton and Drape-Comyn named after? Sexy knickers and frilly curtains?

          • KennySamsung

            🤣🤣😂 two regulars in the pink quarter by the sounds of it

          • KennySamsung

            No offence to gay Newcastle supporters of course 😉

        • GC

          The Mag is still more readable than the Chron, who ran a big piece yesterday announcing that Greggs have launched a Christmas pastie…

          • Peaky

            🤣😂🤣

          • Leazes.

            I’ll be an advertisement…..they do every year….. add currents and a dash of allspice to steak bake….. indescribable…. uneatable…. but if you go to the match then one in each pocket will keep your hands nice and warm till after half time.

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Both shy te.True Faith only decent read left

        • Billmag

          Just been looking at an old Mag No 92 issue there is two Jenson’s Mark and Peter but don’t recognize anyone else in the team.

          • Leazes.

            I’ve delved deeper than that….. they don’t exist.

  • Paul Patterson

    He’s a decent back up to a number 10 that hasn’t been signed yet. He shouldn’t be relied upon to start games every week as was shown when he came on against Watford.

  • Cushty lad

    Well there’s McClaren just won manager of the month wiv a team full of so called no hopers & loan players, so I suppose there’s hope for Perez yet! Football, it’s a funny old game.

  • KennySamsung

    He’s a modern day Kenny Wharton, 8 and a half stone wet through.. had some good games some bad games and … Zzzzzz Zzzzzz sorry nearly fell asleep there.

    • Peaky

      Looking back if Perez & Cabella ever started together the opposition must have thought they were playing the NUFC under 16’s…

      • KennySamsung

        Haha.. only problem with that is the academy doesn’t produce any decent players anymore apparently. Rather watch a womans game, oops sorry to any lasses out there, woman can play just as well as some youngns like Perez, Kenny W, Cabella, AN Other.

        • Danimal

          That’s right, according to the wise ones who run NUFC, academies don’t work anymore. In future footballers will come from test tubes.

          • Peaky

            Sheff derby tonight I see….staying in myself…..got given a ticket for Sheff Utd v Leeds in a few weeks time….will be lovely going as a neutral for a change…

          • Danimal

            Yes, it’s at Bramall Lane so it shouldn’t affect my part of town. That’ll be a decent match, Blades v Leeds.

          • Superdooperhooper

            We don’t buy players or produce
            them. Who knows what future squads will be made up of ? Henry hoovers ? Space hoppers ? Wheelie bins with faces drawn on? And still fifty thousand will turn up

          • Danimal

            The wheelie bin’s probably got sharper reflexes than the hoss.

          • KennySamsung

            As opposed to test tickles? On a more serious note you can just see Ashley telling his cronies “kids don’t make me money get rid of the younguns, close half the training ground and bring Beardsley back to bully the first team” .. it’s all about the NOW!!

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Kenny Wharton Mr Geordie Blakelaw legend

  • Peaky

    We’ve had “The Cook Report”….we’ve had “Undercover with Donal McCintyre”….we’ve had “Stacey Dooley Investigates”…..but coming soon in 2019 to a PC,tablet,laptop or phone we have…..”Leave It With Leazes”……

    • Leazes.

      Brian Standen is real, wonder why he sticks up for the troll and leaves clues to his identity….. then runs away again.

      • Peaky

        You know what I found that whole thing a bit odd….takes all sorts I suppose….talking of local news ( which we’not ) can you remember Duncan Wood on the old TyneTees ‘local news’ he popped up yesterday as the anchor on the local news down here Calendar….is it still Pam Royle up there ???

        • Themoscow72

          Was going to a wedding with him years back in North Shields and a fire broke out near by and he reported on the fire instead career before family.

          • Peaky

            Can’t remember last time I saw him but he’s aged a bit…like all of us I suppose.

          • Wor Lass

            Bl00dy `ell, Peaky. You`ve got me going now. I`ve just googled Lynne Spencer and she seems to be doing OK for herself. She went out with a mate of mine many years ago and was a regular in my local as her career took off. She was a really nice girl – not at all “do you know who
            i am?”.

          • Danimal

            I met her a couple of times, first time was Razzmatazz (the kids music programme) back in the days of black and white rainbows. Sorry Monk, no lifts involved in either story…maybe not strictly true, was giving her a lift in my taxi the second time.

          • Danimal

            And yes, seemed a very nice person.

          • Peaky

            Didn’t she marry Paddy Macdee from Metro radio ? Or am I getting my wires crossed ??? Now we are onto local radio I wonder if Alan Robson is still doing Night Owls….it was James Whale then a fella called Alan Beswick I think who did it when I was much younger.

          • Brian Standen

            Night owls. James whale was replaced by someone called Coulson ( John maybe?) who sadly topped himself!

          • Danimal

            I think she was married to the aforementioned Tames too. Not at the same time.

          • Danimal

            At least with it being a fire story there shouldn’t have been anyone using the lift this time.

          • Wor Lass

            It`s a good job you weren`t in the lift with a fire going! I suppose you could have given Mike a bell and got him to put it out by hoying up on it!!

          • panther

            He’d change you for it

        • Billmag

          Yes Peaky she’s still around, I like Pam better than Carol Malia on the Beeb.

          • Peaky

            Bloody hell both still going…..Mike Neville died I’d heard….he was a part of growing up….switched channels I believe over the years didn’t he.

          • kingfisher

            Aye Peaky, Mike Neville and George House ” Larn yersell Geordie” happy days 😁

          • Leazes.

            I think most of them on here would need Larn Yersell Geordie as they are all mackems from Durham.

          • Billmag

            Wow. That’s hurtful.

          • Leazes.

            Harsh but true

          • Billmag

            God Peaky I’m going to show my age here, The one’clock show (black n white) George Romain. Liked Mike Neville ( the only Neville I have ever liked).

          • Peaky

            Can’t remember that far back but Paul Frost & Bill Steele spring to mind.

          • Danimal

            Neville Wanless. And of course the lovely but sadly departed Kathy Secker.

          • Billmag

            Ay it doesn’t pay to go to far back mate it’s frightening.😀😀

          • Brian Standen

            What about David Burton?

          • Peaky

            Really can’t remember the name David Burton.

          • Brian Standen

            David burton was tall thin chap with dark hair, sports reporter at Tyne Tees prob back in 80s early 90s alongside Roger Tames!
            Roger Tames was the double of that ventriloquist who had Nookie Bear!

          • Peaky

            😂😂 I can remember Roger Tames….I saw him at the Sage one night and yes you’re right he’s the double of Roger De Courcey…..another name from that era I’ve just remembered is Tom Coyne.

          • Brian Standen

            Tom Coyne ended up working regional tV in Leeds I think!
            If you google David Burton Tyne tees he comes up
            Going further back – Rod Griffith

          • Peaky

            Funnily enough I can remember Rod Griffith….slightly different note but whilst googling I’ve come across “Shoot”….now there’s a blast from the past with big George Taylor.

          • Brian Standen

            Shoot. Worst commentator ever. Kenneth Woolstenhome

          • Danimal

            Tames is the triple of De Courcey. His double drinks in my local.

          • Peaky

            Is Nookie a real ale man or does he prefer the lager ??

          • Danimal

            De Courcey prefers ale. Nookie usually asks for a gottle of geer.

          • Peaky

            😂🤣😂 just realised I set that right up….nice one.

          • Kev Newcastle England

            I can sports reporter local TV

          • Leazes.

            I’ll tell her.

          • Billmag

            😀

        • Danimal

          Yeah he’s done alright for himself. He was always dropping clangers in the early days on the football. I thought it was to make Roger Tames look a bit better.

        • Leazes.

          Yes…. they’re all top notch award winning journalists.

      • JohnnyH

        He’s scared of grassing monk up

        • Peaky

          If he’s got any sense he needs to make sure he’s always got someone with him when he goes in a lift….Monk will be hiding in the corner like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”…….”Herrrrrrrrrrrres Moscow”………😂

        • Leazes.

          Why? This is someone hostile to the club, The logic is that he himself is the culprit….

          ….I block all the trolls so I don’t know if Standen gets into conversation with him….

          ….Can anyone confirm that Brian Standen talks to trolls on this board?

          • Superdooperhooper

            Don’t think he does . Not that I’ve seen anyway . Monkseaton seems to post during the day and standen seems to post in the evening……but I’m sure that’s just coincidence

          • Brian Standen

            It is coincidence. I actually work for a living !

          • Superdooperhooper

            Monkseaton claims to be a high flying accountant but he’s on here all day! Wouldn’t want him looking after my money (if I had any)

          • Brian Standen

            Only conversation I get off Monk is odd pint after a game and a few texts through the week!
            I will be seeing him at Everton though!

          • Leazes.

            tis you innit….?

          • Brian Standen

            Come to peppers about 1.30 tomorrow I will buy you a pint and you will see it’s not!
            ( honest offer)

          • Wezza

            Monk likes to offer the same thing although nobody knew who he was in my local despite claiming to be well known.
            Monk is a troll, saying Rafa gets every penny after the summer we had is plain trolling – for a reaction.
            Whether he is real or not is irrelevant, he has an obsession with the accounts just like fleckman, ghostrider, Clarko etc. I believe Jezza and Leazes over any troll, any day.

          • Brian Standen

            I got no problem with that at all, always said I respect everyone’s opinion
            I been writing for the mag for too long to be drawn into it too deeply – I do know him that’s a fact!
            I’m complete open book , I will be where i say tomorrow, before and after game, happy to chat to anyone

          • Wezza

            Sadly I cant make it or I would.

          • Wezza

            He did have a few brushes with them but they only appear as guest now… but he did say this 3 months ago:

            “I will be in three bulls at 10 on Saturday.
            And Peppers post match!”

            Monk/Moscow has been saying that exact time and place all week… looks like he slipped up… AGAIN!

      • KennySamsung

        I’m loving this, maybe fingeritis or sickness or slept in or sent to Coventry City.

      • Ashley-out

        he may be leaving clues that he Standen is in fact Monk

      • Brian Standen

        Because unlike you I have a fairly responsible job which believe it or not occupies a fair amount of my time!

        • Leazes.

          That’s not what I said….. Why don’#t you expose the creep?

          • Brian Standen

            Playing games? You go on and on and obviously feel so self righteous- yet you have a season ticket!
            You hide behind a name and are equally trollish ( I’m sure you will correct the grammar) as anyone on here!
            Sometimes you make good and valid points as did/does Monk, he just reacts similar to how you do and things develop!
            I really don’t care about your opinion on me knowing Monk, anyone who has gone away for years will know him anyway but your obsession is unhealthy!
            When I went away on his buses they were full of sound lads from North Shields and the coast who were better friends than enemies! It made for a great laugh!
            In coming weeks I will do an article on one of the trips, looking back years later it was a giggle from start to finish with some nervy times thrown in!
            For the record I’m not him, and you can come see me anytime you want for a beer!

          • Leazes.

            No I’ve blocked most of the aliases as soon as they appear.

            A mackem couldn’t have done a better sabotage job.

    • Wor Lass

      He`ll be trawling through Tyneside bars with an original hard copy of the Mag under his arm saying to anyone with a name starting with G, “You`re the Moscow Mule and I claim my five pounds.”!

  • Ashley-out

    Has leazes ever looked for Lord Lucan

    • Brian Standen

      He could be Lord Lucan

  • Hughie

    Sorry kid but its not about playing well, its whether you are PL quality, and you aren’t.

    • nufcslf

      Exactly. It’s like being the nice bloke in the dressing room, but does f**k all on the pitch. Would rather have grumpy who comes up with a goal most weeks. Overpaid babies who are simply not good enough and it shows week in and and week out. Thanks Mike you fat c**t.

  • Brian Standen

    Someone ask Leazes if I can borrow his season ticket when he boycotts?

    • Leazes.

      Troll

      • Brian Standen

        Afternoon my friend. you must remember David Burton from Tyne Tees?

        • Leazes.

          You sound like the troll to me….sorry!

          • Brian Standen

            That’s fine but you enjoy your boycott because today is what football is all about!
            Cracking game in brilliant atmosphere

    • Wezza

      You do sound like you’re trolling.

  • Brian Standen

    I hold out the olive branch to Leazes yet he shuns me…….. can’t say I don’t try!

    • Cushty lad

      Brian. I think it’s hilarious that leazes has a season ticket. Priceless. Two faced hypocrite of the highest order. Hiding behind his glasses as well as his bedroom curtains. And it’s not just his keyboard he’s pounding!!! 😂