Former NUFC full-back Warren Barton has taken to Twitter to blast Ayoze Perez, saying the Newcastle number 10 is ‘not a NUFC player’ – also suggesting that he’s only one of the club’s longest serving players because ‘no one will have him’.
Some may say this is what he needed to hear to give him a kick up the backside following a frustrating few seasons at St James’ Park, however I found his comments to be quite over the top and, at times, a little uncalled for.
This all came following our 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday, with Barton picking out Ayoze Perez for criticism after being left so unimpressed by our attacking play.
Not only did Barton suggest that players like Perez need to ‘have a look at themselves’ (see below tweets), he said ‘I’m not having him’ as an NUFC player – also claiming that he’s probably only been at the club so long as ‘no one will have him’!
Good point in the end @NUFC but some of the players have to have a look at themselves.. fans class 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2) February 4, 2018
Don’t get me wrong, Perez was back to his frustrating old ways on Sunday and only picked up a 4 in our post-match player ratings, however this seems too strong from Barton and, at times, way over the top.
Perez has been going backwards on Tyneside and hasn’t developed into the player we hoped he could be after his promising start to life at the club, but at 24 he still has the best years ahead of him – even if he does need to start picking things up.
He works hard and is actually our joint top scorer on 4 goals. Does that mean he can’t be criticised? Definitely not. 4 goals is hardly ground breaking and I also feel he needs to up his game, but I think Barton has been a tad too strong with some of his comments here.