Sky pundit Matt Le Tissier has criticised Ayoze Perez for his performance in Saturday’s defeat to West Ham, bemoaning his missed chances and lack of composure in the final third.
One thing I will say is that it felt totally wrong to sarcastically cheer when his number was put up late in the game (what good will this honestly do?), however he really was poor.
He missed a golden chance with his head, dragged a shot wide and totally miss-kicked a golden chance (which was later ruled as offside), with him never looking likely to score despite us creating a few very decent openings against the Hammers.
After watching the game as part of Sky’s Gillette Soccer Saturday team, here’s what Le Tissier said about Perez:
“Perez had so many chances in the first half to equalise. That’s why the centre forwards get paid all the big bucks, because scoring goals is the hardest part of football.
“Perez proved that today. He had chances with his head, chances with his feet as well. He had a great chance with his left foot which he dragged well wide in the end.
“It was disappointing for Newcastle.”
He’s not wrong, but let’s not act like Perez was the only player that didn’t perform on Saturday.
We didn’t defend well and were rightfully punished for mistakes at both ends in the end.
Would you start Perez at Everton on Wednesday? Or does Muto deserve a recall if fit?