After being pointed out by the TV cameras following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Leicester, fellow Newcastle fans have reacted furiously online to Ayoze Perez’s total lack of tracking in the moments before their 86th minute winner.
As the clip from BT Sport’s post-match coverage shows below, Perez failed to react to the run of Okazaki – leading to a desperate challenge that lead to his own goal and their late winner.
"more than ever"?! pic.twitter.com/ZTg75CDEVi
— Stephan (@st_prm) December 9, 2017
He was a tad unlucky with the nature of the own goal in the end, but his failure to track the Leicester players in touching distance of him is inexcusable.
He’s not a defender, but this is a basic error from any player playing professional football, made even worse by the fact he’d only been on the field for 15 minutes (so he couldn’t have been out on his feet – not like that would’ve been an excuse!).
Perez generally presses well from the front when used in the number 10 role, but given Rafa’s often stuck with him this season for his ‘tactical awareness’ or ‘defensive positioning’, it’s quite incredible him to make such a basic error here. Fans aren’t happy and understandably so!
Perez man. Not tracking leads to a desperate challenge
— Paul Watson (@paulkw) December 9, 2017
Error strewn defensive performance again. Midfield non-existent and subs poor. Perez not tracking Okazaki was just negligent.
Wednesday’s big now.
— tf NUFC podcast (@tfweeklypod) December 9, 2017
Thought Perez was unlucky but it's his own fault, lazy as fuck tracking for that goal. So much shite in the team! #NUFC
— kyle potterton (@kylepott93) December 9, 2017
It seems fans have also found his pre-match Twitter post a bit rich given his total lack of reaction in the above clip.
IT'S MATCHDAY! Today is a very very special day for this Club, for the Club who is giving me the chance to make my dream come true… Thanks for all @NUFC!? Today more than ever… #HowayTheLads ⚫⚪⚽ #125YearsUnited @adidasfootball pic.twitter.com/kAB7YEQsve
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) December 9, 2017
Not good enough. But in his defence, he was the only one to fall into that bracket on Saturday!