NUFC man slated after TV cameras capture shocking off the ball incident during Leicester defeat

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.

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!

It seems fans have also found his pre-match Twitter post a bit rich given his total lack of reaction in the above clip.

Not good enough. But in his defence, he was the only one to fall into that bracket on Saturday!

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7 thoughts on “NUFC man slated after TV cameras capture shocking off the ball incident during Leicester defeat

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    Ayoze switching off shows a lack of focus that training needs to address. Yet again it’s an example of a player failing after being aye out of position and a match lost by a manager picking the wrong team.
    I love benitez, I think he is the right guy to have there. I hate his selections at times, especially when he plays ppl out of position and leaves our best players on the bench.
    In rafa we trust. He needs to learn to trust jojo and mitro though, just saying.

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  2. I agree Jonjo should play, as Hayden was terrible, watch the video again though, yes Perez should have reacted more quickly but he did react and was unfortunate, however what about the four walking back with no reaction on the half way line including the left back Manquillo.
    Don’t blame Rafa working with what he has got and maybe picking the best who train during the week from a championship team. Positives Gayle, negatives Hayden, Manquillo, Ritchie and Lejeune he needs to learn like Robert Huth if in doubt kick it out instead of pussy footing about.
    Team wednesday
    Darlow,Yedlin, Lascelles,Clark, Mbemba, Atsu,Hayden(just) Jonjo , Merino(no. 10), Murph and Gayle

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  3. Not being funny but why does clark follow lejeune to close down vardy for the third goal leaving okazaki free. Vardy was going nowhere clark stays central cuts off the cross simple as that ffs schoolboy stuff is killing us.

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  4. Perez should just pack his bags and leave. He is the only player l know who trips over a blade of grass and then spits his dummy out when he doesn’t get a free kick.
    The sooner Lascelles and Dummet get back the better. As for Leicester’s first goal is Darlow trying to be Gary Sprake (Leeds & Birmingham) pre Premier League days! Oh dear careless hands.

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