Ayoze Perez thinks that ‘it should be enjoyable’ when Newcastle visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The striker pointing to the fact that there will be no expectation of a positive result against top four opposition, as well as the fact that Newcastle have picked up more points (11) than at home (7) this season.
There haven’t been many ‘enjoyable’ trips to Chelsea for Newcastle fans down the years, indeed apart from when Papiss Cisse scored those two stunners at the end of the 2011/12 season, it was 1986 when NUFC last won a league match there.
Ayoze Perez declares that there ‘something is wrong’ at the club and I couldn’t agree more, the Spaniard saying though that it is difficult to put your finger on what that something actually is.
Perez also comments: ‘I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing’ at Newcastle United.
If only we were missing one piece of the jigsaw!!
It is difficult to know where to start when it comes to the pieces of the jigsaw that Newcastle do have at the moment, apart from Rafa Benitez and 50,000 fans willing to turn up every home game despite the shocking running of the club under Mike Ashley.
On the pitch, apart from Martin Dubravka and the centre-back positions, difficult to claim NUFC have the ideal Premier League level jigsaw pieces in place. You would maybe add Salomon Rondon up to a point but he isn’t even our player, heading back to West Brom in a few months time.
As for Ayoze Perez himself, it isn’t difficult to see which pieces of his own personal jigsaw are missing. Despite playing in the number 10 position, Perez has a woeful two Premier League goals and one assist this season.
Ayoze Perez speaking to the Chronicle:
“It [performance and result against Blackburn] wasn’t good enough…it was against a Championship team at home and we keep struggling at St James Park.
“Something is wrong.
“It wasn’t good enough but we have to keep going now.
“We have put ourselves in a tougher situation because now we have a replay, it is going to be a long January but we must stick together and face up to it.
“I don’t know exactly [what is wrong] but it is a strange thing.
“You can’t struggle as much as we are in home games, that means something is wrong.
“It is strange because there is no consistency, sometimes it is individual performances, sometimes it’s not like that and it’s team performance. It can’t be individual every time as we have changed players and rotated, I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.
“It is holding us back and it’s why we are struggling, we have won twice at home and that’s just not acceptable, it is not good enough so something should change.
“It [FA Cup] is the toughest cup but we had a chance to go through against a Championship team at home and we should have taken it, then you see what you get.
“Coming back to the performance, it wasn’t good enough so we have to improve what we are lacking.
“Away from home we have been better which is the strange thing, that is one positive, but imagine if we were better at home? We wouldn’t be in trouble now.
“Chelsea will be tough but we have done well away so hopefully we can get a result. We should be looking forward to playing Chelsea with the pressure off – it should be enjoyable.
“You could suffer at Chelsea and it is a tough game, Chelsea are doing well and Stamford Bridge is always a tough place to go.
“It’s now all about the reaction, we have to find a way to react the best way we can, it will be tough but a good day to get back to winning points.”