By Andrew Campbell
Ahead of this weekend’s game, you’d think Rafa will make a few changes after the dismal performance against Brighton – and one player who must be dropped is Ayoze Perez for me.
With Rondon back in training and in contention to return this weekend, there’s a strong case for the Spaniard to make way for the Venezuelan, with Muto able to play as the second striker just off Rondon.
Whilst Ayoze has been a good servant over the years and you can rarely fault his effort, his performances of late have been very poor.
He missed a great chance to put us 1-0 up early on on Saturday and passed up a great chance against Palace a few weeks ago. So often does he appear to struggle with the physicality of the game, being pushed off the ball far too easily and he also hasn’t offered much at all going forward. His wasted chances and lack of quality in possession have cost us.
Rondon up front with Yoshi Muto just behind him could work brilliantly, with the Japanese forward being the sort of live wire who may feed off of Rondon’s knockdowns perfectly.
It is clear that Rafa does like Perez, and is one of the most used players since he took over. However after the past few performances and results of the team, it is hard to defend his place in the side.
For me, Rondon and Muto seem like our best potential pairing right now – but surely Rafa will look at other options for the number 10 role in January? It’s such a problem position and has been for years now.