Ayoze Perez explains how he and Miguel Almiron have been forced to ‘suffer’
Ayoze Perez thinks that it is now ‘fair enough’ to say that Newcastle United will be once again a Premier League club in August.
The win against Leicester putting the Magpies 10 points in front of the relegation zone with four games to play.
Cardiff’s defeat at Burnley on Saturday afternoon means they have only five games to close the gap and with a massive gap in goal difference, need 11 points to overtake Newcastle’s current points total. With Liverpool at home and Man Utd away to still play, Cardiff are now 1/33 to o down, whilst the bookies rate Newcastle 325/1 massive outsiders to make the drop.
In short, relegation isn’t happening this season.
Ayoze Perez says that now the challenge is to try and better last season’s achievements in the remaining four matches.
The striker states that with a different manager they could well have been still deep in relegation trouble and acknowledges that Rafa Benitez is ruthless, in terms of doing whatever it takes to stay up.
Ayoze Perez declaring that for himself and Miguel Almiron, it has been a case of ‘you have to suffer like we did here’, referring to the fact that the two attacking players have needed to do a lot of defensive work, impacting on their desire to score and create goals.
Since Almiron’s arrival, the attacking trio of Perez, Rondon and the Paraguayan has started eight games together, with four wins and a draw producing 13 points from a possible 24.
In the preceding 26 games, the team took 25 points from a possible 78.
In these last eight games Newcastle have scored 10 goals, compared to 22 in the previous 26.
The improvement isn’t at blowing your mind level but it is definitely there, the team scoring more goals and picking up more points.
The challenge now of course is for Mike Ashley to agree to what Rafa Benitez wants, enabling him to sign a contract extension and bring in other players who can improve the team further.
We await with interest.
Ayoze Perez talking with four games of the season remaining:
“I’m not going to lie to you, it has been very tough for players such as myself and Miguel (Almiron), the players we are as footballers.
“You have to adapt to what the manager wants and we have had to suffer, stick together, stick to the plan.
“At the end, we still have quality up front to create chances and that’s our job, you have to suffer like we did here (at Leicester).
“Some people have said that it is the result of the season and that is definitely how I feel.
“That is what we all feel in the dressing room as well.
“We played really good, credit to the team and the fans and the city, they deserve that we are staying in the Premier League for another season.
“We should have enough to be safe but we still have four games left to go and other teams have to play each other.
“We have a tough schedule but if we play the way we did (at Leicester), hopefully we can keep climbing.
“It is fair enough to say we are a Premier League team again next season, it was a great effort from the lads and a great three points.
“We are still very professional, know we can get even better, we have four to go and we have the ambition to keep climbing the table.
“It should be a great win for the team, we fought really hard against a good side in a tough place but we came here and got the three points.
“The team has achieved great things but maybe with another manager we would have struggled even more.
“That is what happened in my second season here, we were relegated with a great team.
“You have to suffer and work hard otherwise you are going to be even lower in the Premier League and we would have been fighting relegation.
“We have to stick to the plan, do what the manager wants because he has been in football for many years and he knows what he’s talking about.
“It (Rafa’s future) is not in our hands, that will need to get sorted and we need to focus on football, finishing in a better position than we did last season.
“Obviously winning makes everything easier but it (Rafa Benitez contract extension) is still something the manager and the club have to sort out.
“The wish of everyone at the club is for Rafa to stay.”
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