This comes after the Spaniard’s brilliant goal on Friday night, with Ayoze’s sublime flicked header being enough to give us all three points on a night where he showed just how good he can be when he fancies it.
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say about the Spaniard, suggesting the one element of his game that’s holding him back from playing at the very top is his consistency:
“To be fair last season he scored eights goals and you can see he has the ability to a lot of time the right thing but sometimes he needs to be little more consistent. If not, maybe he’d be playing for Manchester City already.
“He’s really good in a lot of things but there’s things he can improve and he’s working on that.”
Love him or hate him (it baffles me that some still slate him!), he’s been an absolute bargain at £1.5m and a player who’s served the club well over the past few seasons – looking better than some expected after arriving from Spain, playing a big part in our promotion season and scoring 17 goals in our last two seasons.
Recent interviews have suggested that his time on Tyneside may be coming to an end, but it would be a shame if certain fans only appreciated what he does in this side once he’s left.
He’s not a world beater, but attacking players who work hard, score big goals and takes up intelligent positions at both ends of the field are hard to come by.