Ayoze Perez came off the bench on Saturday and scored the winning goal.

Such is football, the Spaniard had started nine matches previously and hardly threatened, then only 20 minutes after replacing the injured Muto, he produces an excellent finish.

Right place right time.

Asked to choose his Premier League team of the week, Darren Bent went for the entire Leicester 11 that beat Cardiff.

The former Sunderland striker saying that in the exceptional circumstances they did a remarkable job.

No disagreement with that here.

However, as well as that, Darren Bent also picked his ‘alternative’ Premier League team of the week, incorporating players from the other clubs.

He includes Ayoze Perez  due to ‘scoring a hugely important goal for Newcastle’ and of course this is how these teams of the week tend to work, especially when choosing players from less high profile games where not much in terms of highlights are shown.

Newcastle United yet again the last game on Match of The Day…

Perez took his goal well but of course it was Ki who turned the match in reality, winning the free-kick and getting the assist, as well as getting Newcastle playing some football at last.

Dubravka, Fernandez and Schar were all well ahead of Perez as well in terms of what they gave to the performance.

However, just great to see Newcastle talked of in any positive terms once again, long may the good news continue.

Darren Bent chooses his alternative team of the week for Sky Sports:

“My goalkeeper was Kasper Schmeichel, I felt he played really well and made good saves in difficult circumstances.

“Trent Alexander-Arnold kept Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in check really well on Saturday, with Arsenal using that left side as a way to get in. He defended really well, and Wes Morgan also gets in for the same sort of reasons as Schmeichel; he was a leader, a warrior. Virgil van Dijk was brilliant too, nearly scored and was solid in defence. Benjamin Mendy was fantastic, with assists and an engine down that left side.

“My midfield two are Lucas Torreira – who brings what Arsenal have been crying out for years, a central midfielder who can pass it and put his foot in – and of course David Silva; I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“In my three behind the striker; Raheem Sterling was unbelievable and is playing with confidence at the moment, Ayoze Perez scoring a hugely important goal for Newcastle, and Richarlison again was out of this world, and gets them important goals.

“And up top, Alvaro Morata for Chelsea. He’s had a difficult time since coming to this country, but his form right now, and his form on Sunday, is deserved of a place.”



  • Themoscow72

    At last a pundit who knows what he is talking about. Perez whose decisive goals got us an incredible thirteen points to keep us up last season and will do the same this season the great Perez.

    • JohnnyH

      Perez will not go down in the annals of history in the ‘Great striker’ category.

      Monk you are trying to wind us up again, is Ashley paying you much?

      • Themoscow72

        For me and my son and a few down the Monkseaton Arms he is our first name on the team sheet as does two jobs and scores goals.
        Will in time become the second greatest goal scorer in the Premier league for us after Shearer.

        • Peaky

          😂😂😂 Not even if he played until aged 107…

          • Themoscow72

            Will finish this season in the top ten which is great for a non centre forward. The season after will be in top five the great Perez.

          • JohnnyH

            Keep them coming Monk, hilarious.
            You never told me, do you get paid to post on the Mag?

          • Themoscow72

            Expecting him to move up the table on Saturday and will post his position at end of the season. Once Rondon gets stronger you will see the real Perez.

          • JohnnyH

            Do you get paid to post on the Mag?

          • ScreamStevie

            He’s actually already 15th highest scorer (with 22). Another 6 goals with get him in the top 10 and 13 after that the top 5.

          • JohnnyH

            Only because we’re a low scoring team
            In 117 appearances he’s scored 22 goals.
            Goals per game: 0.19
            Try a bit harder next time

          • ScreamStevie

            Irrelevant. The comment was that he’d be in the top 10 by the end of the season which you seemed to think was hilarious. It’s actually quite possible. Whether its due to the rest of the players being unable to score is a different matter…

          • Rich Lawson

            He plays like that now.

        • JohnnyH

          Do you get paid to post on this site?

      • East Durham Mag

        Somebody’s had their Weetabix this morning.

        • JohnnyH

          He’s either a complete loony or he’s getting paid to post, the latter most likely?

          • East Durham Mag

            Both mate.

          • Leazes.

            I thought that it may be to boost the hits…. there is a block button, more people should use it.

    • Kenny

      The Monkseaton Arms twitter account says that you are barred
      😂😂

    • KennySamsung

      🙄🤣🤔😉

  • Leazes.

    I see the Spice Ladies are playing at the SOS…. as if the people of Sunlun haven’t suffered enough!

    Give me wot i want wot I really really want…. a hip replacement.

    • Peaky

      😂🤣😂

    • KennySamsung

      The mackems should be thankful they wont be suffering Mrs Beckham

  • Dillon Tovak

    Perez is good at instinctive flicks, but given any time on the ball he, 9 times out of 10, doesn’t back himself and fluffs it.
    Other than his celebration on Saturday, he seems like a decent bloke but he needs to have a bit more hunger to score.

    • Leazes.

      I’m surprised he got that heading accuracy with so much hair gel…. but it was fairly acute.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Haha yeah I can imagine it just gluing to his forehead 😂

    • KennySamsung

      By the size of him I wish he did have more hunger and put on some bloody muscle

  • Kenny

    Rafa has been after a replacement for him for over 2 years but vetoed by the
    Rat, that tells you the story on Perez.
    he is now into his 5th season at Newcastle & played well for 6 months.

  • steve

    Another pundit who only looks at the scoresheet, other than the goal Perez offered absolutely nothing yet again.

  • KennySamsung

    I’m not going to knock a player who scores for my team but what I will say is this.. I hope he never scores another goal for my team, if he’s on the bench or not in the side that’s not likely and also a positive.