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Ayoze Perez described as ‘Multi-functional attacking player’ after no goals in 495 minutes for Leicester

12 months ago
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Ayoze Perez scored six goals in his final seven games for Newcastle United.

However, in his first seven appearances for Leicester City since his £30m summer move, the  striker has  scored a blank so far.

A lot of Leicester fans have cast doubts on their new signing but is this just the usual Ayoze Perez we all came to know and love…sometimes.

Last season couldn’t have summed up Perez’ time at NUFC better, only two goals scored in Newcastle’s first 22 Premier League games, then 10 goals in the final 16.

So far, Ayoze Perez has played 495 minutes for Leicester, 334 in the Premier League and 161 in the League Cup.

Brendan Rodgers made seven changes for the 4-0 League Cup win at Luton on Tuesday and Ayoze Perez was one of the four to keep their place, played through the middle as Vardy was rested.

The former Newcastle forward did score a goal but it was called offside, which looked a wrong call on TV replays.

Leicester City obviously bought Ayoze Perez knowing he wasn’t a prolific scorer and whilst he  hasn’t scored yet, Rodgers’ assistant has insisted  his versatility is of great value; ‘Ayoze Perez is a multi-functional attacking player who can play down the side, as a central striker or as a 10.’ Perez was certainly called a few things by supporters at Newcastle but I don’t recall ‘multi-functional attacking player’ being  one of them!

Newcastle fans were always split on Ayoze Perez but I’m guessing there will be a united fear that on Sunday it all points to him getting his first Leicester goal. The past two seasons Perez has scored the winner in this fixture with excellent finishes, none of us  would bet against this being what fate delivers at the weekend…

Leicester assistant Chris Davies:

“Ayoze Perez is a multi-functional attacking player who can play down the side, as a central striker or as a 10.

“He gives us a good dynamic when he’s the central striker because he can link to feet, receive the ball well, turn and bring others into play.

“He did a lot of work for the team (against Luton) and for him unfortunately he didn’t get a goal.

“Though I believe the one he did score was actually onside but I think he played well in his role.”

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