After West Ham hammered Newcastle 3-0, Matt Le Tissier picked out Ayoze Perez to talk about.
The Sky Sports pundit making the point that if the former Tenerife striker had taken his first half chances, it would/could have been Newcastle well in control of the match.
Matt Le Tissier pointed out that Perez missed chances with both head and feet, most of the time not even forcing the keeper into a save.
Ayoze Perez has become a big talking point amongst Newcastle fans, a small minority blindly defending him, whilst another small minority embarrassingly boo him at times, or as was the case on Saturday, cheered when he was subbed.
For the vast majority of Newcastle fans in between those two extremes, Ayoze Perez simply sums up the situation at Newcastle United.
A position (number 10) that Rafa Benitez has been desperate to strengthen every transfer window but Mike Ashley refusing to all the club’s money to be spent on the necessary quality.
Hence, Newcastle/Rafa end up having to keep playing Perez, even though he is clearly not up to the job, because there is nobody else.
Matt Le Tissier summing it up: ‘That is why the centre-forwards get paid all the big bucks because scoring goals is the hardest part in football. Ayoze Perez proved that today.’
The West Ham attacking trio of Hernandez, Arnautovic and Anderson cost around £80m, with wages to match.
You then had Newcastle who used Rondon, Perez, Atsu, Joselu and Kenedy on Saturday, costing less than £13m for the quintet.
Rafa Benitez has proved with the likes of Dubravka and Fernandez that you can still find bargains in defensive positions but pretty much every other club accepts that when it comes to creative players and goalscorers, you have to at some point pay the market price.
Rafa Benitez was desperate on promotion to bring in a quality goalscorer and number 10, instead we ended up Stoke reserve Joselu for £5m.
The situation hasn’t improved since then and got even worse this summer, Rafa Benitez forced to even let Gayle go the other way before he was even able to bring in Rondon on loan, a striker who had scored nine, eight and seven goals in his three previous Premier League seasons.
Matt Le Tissier speaking to Sky Sports:
“Ayoze Perez had so many chances in the first half to equalise.
“That is why the centre-forwards get paid all the big bucks.
“Because scoring goals is the hardest part in football.
“Ayoze Perez proved that today.
“He had chances with his head, chances with his feet as well.
“He had a great chance with his left foot which he dragged well wide in the end.
“It was disappointing for Newcastle.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 West Ham 3
West Ham: Hernandez 11, 63 Anderson 90+3
Possession was West Ham 41% Newcastle 59%
Total shots were West Ham 7 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 4
Corners were West Ham 3 Newcastle 7
Referee: Paul Tierney
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 54), Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Shelvey 70), Rondon, Perez (Joselu 78)
Woodman, Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark
Crowd: 51,853 (West Ham 3,200)
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