Ayoze Perez: What does the future hold?

With Newcastle back in the Premier League next season, it has been an interesting season for 23 year old Ayoze Perez. After completing his third full season at the club, has he delivered on his early promise and will he be a key part of the squad moving forward?

Impressive first season

Perez arrived under the radar for a fee of just £2m in the summer of 2014. A few excellent substitute appearances saw him quickly win a place in the side. A return of 7 league goals for a then 20 year old in his first year in England was impressive. Most fans expected him to continue to develop and keep adding to his tally.

6 league goals in his second year in the premiership was not enough to help us stay up and his development had clearly begun to stall. Rafa coming in meant having a fellow Spaniard would hopefully help him push on reach the heights when he first arrived.

Championship disappointment?

Perez has underwhelmed this season though. He has finished the season well and his goal against Barnsley highlighted his quality, when on form.  But a return of 9 goals from 36 appearances is disappointing in a league which he should have shone in.

The physical nature of the Championship may not have helped him but the main criticism of him is he is not clinical enough. Not reaching double figures this year, although it is his season return for the club, has not answered doubts on his long term future.

What is his best position?

Perez has occupied a few different positions during his time at the club.  He was initially used as a lone striker by Alan Pardew. Although physically he doesn’t appear do possess the traits for the role, he has arguably showed some promise in this position.

Good work rate and famously scoring a winner against Liverpool, Perez certainly isn’t a bad option to have as a striker. Of course, we want a regular 20 goal a season man too, which he will never be, but he has proved he can step into the striker role if needed.

As his Newcastle career has went on, Ayoze has spent most of his time in the number 10 role. Although he is a clever player, I don’t think this role has been successful for him. He often goes missing in games and lacks the vision to make this role truly his own.

With Rafa opting for a 4-5-1 formation most games, Perez needs to find a role in this system. Interestingly, after watching the last three years, I think he has looked best cutting in from the left in the LW position. Rafa did not use his there this season, giving the berth to Gouffran in the main. He doesn’t score enough goals to be a main striker and lacks the composure to be a great number 10.

He has a good work rate, is good for 6-10 goals a season and has decent dribbling. Perhaps LW could be something for Rafa to consider next year.

Role next season?

It is hard to not to think Perez will have anything a squad role moving forward at NUFC. He has talent and a great attitude but has not pushed on after 3 years in the North East. We certainly are not in a position to sell players like Perez at the moment, as we have such little Premiership quality strength and depth going forward.

The fact he has linked with Barcelona when joining the club and the only suitors after we were relegated were Las Palmas shows Ayoze has not developed as expected. However, he is a good option to have and expect him to remain on Tyneside, for now at least.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

109 thoughts on “Ayoze Perez: What does the future hold?

  1. I don’t want Basthuayi at NUFC because I don’t want to look up his name every time I mention him or stumble over the pronunciation like a combination of Davids Pleat and Coleman.

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  2. Cost Chelsea 33 million and is 24 in October. They have a history now of letting players go before they are given a chance so you would think they might learn their lesson and give him another year or loan him?

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  3. So Defoe in talks with B/ Mouth,they can have him for 6 mil and hundred grand a week for two yrs

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  4. I know there is a sh!t load of money in the PL but if you are a mid to high PL prospect where would you go. Not the top 6 because you don’t get a game and your career would die in a World Cup year. Where will you go to any team 8th and below? Who of those teams will actually have a manager for the whole year? I would suggest that the team most likely to keep their Manager is NUFC and he also has name recognition with foreign players. He has also actually won something. We are probably in a good position as long as Rafa and Ashley don’t fall out.

    West Brom – Pulis might stay but he has walked before for lack of investment.
    Southampton – Puel under pressure.
    Bournemouth – Howe most likely to stay but he is even under pressure when they have a few bad results on the bounce.
    West Ham – Bilic under massive pressure.
    Leicester – caretaker
    Stoke – Hughes under massive pressure
    Palace – BFS needs a good start, but likely to stay.
    Swansea – Clement got lucky and has a crap squad that will sell their 2 best players.
    Brighton – will be fighting relegation. Under same circumstances Norwich sacked Hughton
    Playoff winner – have to be favourites to sack the manager and finish botton.

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  5. Look at the example of Basthuayi. He cost 33 million and started 3 games.

    I was just thinking about it when some say we are being unrealistic/delusional about who we could sign. The PL pays the most money but you have to be an elite player now and the finished article to get into the top 6’s teams.

    We could certainly be a destination for any of the next level players as at other teams they will not even be sure who they will be working for. Any of those teams could sack their manager if they get off to a bad start. Especially since Moyes, Pardew and Schteve are available 🙂

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  6. Icedog:
    So Defoe in talks with B/ Mouth,they can have him for 6 mil and hundred grand a week for two yrs

    Ice – no mate, he has to go to WH, I’ve got me bets on 😂

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  7. I missed:

    Burnley: I am shocked they avoided the relegation scrap but they will lose their 3 best players and they have a history of not giving Dyche any money. Will be relegated along with the playoff winner and probably Watford.

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  8. Sounds like Moyes lost the plot more than was made public. Luke Edwards is reporting that he had furious arguments with players and staff and that a couple of players refused to play for him. I also read that his plan for The Championship was basically a completely new team. I don’t think that was because he had seen how Rafa had done it but there are suggestions he thought a lot of them were not fit for purpose and had fallen out with them.

    Pards to the rescue! What they need is a uniter, not a divider. DOH!

    I am surprised Troy hasn’t been on saying Moyes is an average PL manager and all he needed was more time, and who could Sunderland get that would be better 🙂 I think Desperate Dave lost his mojo so as usual I would have disagreed with The Troysta.

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  9. Sharpy17: Charlie – load of shit mate.Chelsea won’t let him go.Costa will go & Lukaku will come in and they will keep Michy as back up/competition after his good form shown.

    Exactly. I don’t count on it at all. The transfer news so far have been disappointing. It sounds we are going to have a Championship all star team.

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  10. shamrock:
    Seen the news? Disgusting. Poor bambino’s and families….

    Just heard a lady on GMB talking to Piers morgan, she’s desperate to hear from her daughter who is missing after going to last nights concert, the lad she went with is in hospital very poorly but they had become seperated in the arena. The daughters phone isn’t working and the fear in that mothers voice was palpable . So awful that children are targeted like that, or anyone frankly.

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  11. Heartbreaking Sham, there’s 22 families shattered today and probably many others too going by the number injured. And that’s not to mention the effect of what members of the emergency services will see inside that arena. It may be a job but they are only human and will likely see some horrific sights.

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  12. Yes they will. Will be very difficult to deal with. I have unfortunately had to learn to cope with death in horrific circumstances, but none more so than child death. Something I hope never to experience again, but probably will. The scale those poor souls in Manchester are being exposed to is just beyond comprehension. Poor children that bore witness to this as well…. The world is sick.

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  13. Yeah, i was forgetting that’s your line of work mate. Well you will be all too aware then.
    Lot’s of truamatised kids out there today i would imagine too.

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  14. Aye but when are we going to get a grip on this man?!.

    They will come out again and say ‘we will stand together & Manchester will be a stronger City’ or some guff like that.

    They will up security everywhere for a few weeks again then things will ease off. This shithouse made it into the arena with a rucksack FFS!!!.

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  15. Sharpy17:
    Aye but when are we going to get a grip on this man?!.

    They will come out again and say ‘we will stand together & Manchester will be a stronger City’ or some guff like that.

    They will up security everywhere for a few weeks again then things will ease off.This shithouse made it into the arena with a rucksack FFS!!!.

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  16. nutmag: The “shithouse” was in the foyer as the kids left not in the arena

    The foyer is inside the building nutmeg is it not?.

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  17. kimtoon:
    Dubai toon said he was told Defoe wanted to go to West Ham

    Yes I was told that by a friend of Defoe, and WH is is first choice, but if they don’t want him then I guess he will need to look elsewhere. Money talks..😊

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  18. I’d be quite happy to get Batshuayi in on loan, but realistically I just don’t see it happening. Grey seems to be getting some tabloid space so maybe something in that, but not impressed… it’s silly season.. let’s see what Rafa says.

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  19. It is disgusting they targeted tween girls but I think that fact kept down the death toll. If it had been at a football match there would have been a crush. I dare to think how many casualties there would have been. I think these people are sick in general but going after little girls is somehow even more sick.

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  20. I would have kept Anita but the fact they are letting him go must mean they are happy with Yedlin and have someone else lined up?

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  21. Eric Sykes:
    I would have kept Anita but the fact they are letting him go must mean they are happy with Yedlin and have someone else lined up?

    Have they officially released him like mate?

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  22. Well i would keep Anita, really underated, not happy if he’s gone, especially as Yedlin is a long way from the real deal yet .

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  23. Sharpy17: The foyer is inside the building nutmeg is it not?.

    Just thought how far out of the building does your security need to stretch? These filth can pop up anywhere.

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  24. nutmag: Just thought how far out of the building does your security need to stretch? These filth can pop up anywhere.

    Oh its Nutmag nutmeg is an actual nut 😀

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  25. nutmag: Just thought how far out of the building does your security need to stretch? These filth can pop up anywhere.

    Sorry predictive txt kicked in.

    But is that a serious question?. I would expect security to be on the main entrance to any venue where thousands of people will be.

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  26. Sharpy17: Sorry predictive txt kicked in.

    But is that a serious question?.I would expect security to be on the main entrance to any venue where thousands of people will be.

    So would I.

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