Our defence couldn’t be questioned during Saturday’s draw at Selhurst, but we were sorely lacking in attack once again – with a certain Ayoze Perez putting in a painfully frustrating display.
Rafa Benitez has been loyal to Perez, with the Spaniard appearing to be one of his first names on the team sheet most weeks, however his recent displays perhaps show just why Rafa wanted another number 10 over the summer.
There’s a good chance he sticks with Perez for this Saturday’s crunch clash with Leicester, but I feel it’s time he was dropped.
At Palace his ball retention was woeful, with him also looking slow, weak and lacking in any sort of conviction.
He didn’t do much, but Yoshinori Muto looked more useful during his 10 minute cameo than Perez did for 80 minutes. Surely our most expensive summer signing deserves his chance and his first start in the league since making the £9.5m from Germany this summer?
There’s little to lose while Perez is offering so little – especially when this stat underlines his creative contribution (or lack of it) since the opening day of the season:
Ayoze Perez has created 1 Premier League chance since #NUFC's opening day defeat to Spurs.
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) September 22, 2018