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You’ll never hear the last of this from the Ayoze Perez Fan Club

7 months ago
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It is a fluctuating debate on Ayoze Perez amongst Newcastle fans.

Certainly when it comes to his attacking effectiveness and goalscoring.

When the Spanish striker is hot he tends to go on goalscoring runs and equally, when he isn’t scoring it tends to be an extreme.

Last season scored only twice in the first 24 Premier League games but then got six in the final 14 matches.

This current season,only three goals in the first 25 PL games but now seven in these last 10.

Obviously Ayoze Perez is in one of those hot spots at the minute and has scored four goals in his last three hours of Premier League football.

However, as well as goalscoring, advocates of the former Tenerife striker are always keen to talk about his workrate.

On that front, the Ayoze Perez fan club are going to be loving this…

An excellent feature by Football365 saw them pick out Perez as one of their Premier League ‘winners’ of the weekend.

They have some very illuminating stats on how effective PL strikers have been this season when it comes to doing the dirty jobs for their teams.

Ayoze Perez has made more tackles this season than any other top tier forward AND made more interceptions than any other striker.

Whilst no doubt the debate will continue on whether he could and should score more goals, there definitely doesn’t appear to be any need to debate whether or not he works hard enough for the team and manager.

Football365 picking out the Newcastle striker as one of their Premier League winners this weekend:

‘Ayoze Perez, the worker bee

If we piled the praise on Salomon Rondon last week for making this Newcastle system work, Perez can probably claim to be Rafael Benitez’s perfect player. He’s Spanish, he didn’t cost much, he’s an incredibly hardworking forward and, most crucially, he’s desperate to learn. If Benitez had ten Ayoze Perez’s, he’d probably pick seven or eight of them.

Perez tops this list because he scored a hat-trick and reached ten league goals in a season for the first time in English football. At 25, he is wiser than his years. The finishing and final ball can be frustrating, a point on which many Newcastle fans would agree, but both are improving all the time. In any case, those flaws can also be overlooked when you drill down into Perez’s contribution to Benitez’s style.

Here are the top five attacking players in the Premier League ranked by tackles made:

Ayoze Pérez – 59

Richarlison – 47

Wilfried Zaha – 38

Junior Hoilett – 35

Jordan Ayew – 34

And here are the top five attacking players in the Premier League ranked by interceptions made:

Ayoze Pérez – 42

Junior Hoilett – 30

Raul Jimenez – 23

Pedro – 18

Theo Walcott – 18

And let’s do the tackles and interceptions combined:

Ayoze Pérez – 101

Junior Hoilett – 65

Richarlison – 62

Raul Jimenez – 50

Sadio Mane – 49

The gap between Perez and second place is equal to the gap between second and 19th. No wonder Benitez loves him so.’

Football365 also picked out Rafa Benitez as a winner this week and this is part of what they said about him:

‘If Newcastle get this wrong, they deserve their supporters to leave in droves – and they will. Benitez has proven that he can keep Newcastle’s head above water despite being thrown in at the deep end with his hands and feet tied together.

That has only opened the eyes of supporters to what he could make of this club if everyone was pulling in the same direction.’

To read the full excellent Football365 article go HERE.

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