For me, Ayoze Perez got too much unfair stick during certain spells of his five-year stint on Tyneside – especially for a player who scored 35 goals in his last three seasons at the club.
That said, he sometimes had a tendency to go missing in games, look too lightweight and could be a patchy player, highlighted by the fact 11 of his 13 goals in his final year on Tyneside came in the second half of 2018/19.
He earned a £30m move to the King Power Stadium last summer and it seems Foxes fans have now turned on the Spaniard. He was sometimes a scapegoat at St James’ Park and he’s now being targeted on social media following Leicester’s 0-3 hammering to West Ham last time out.
Here’s what we found on Twitter – with some even calling for the club to ‘get rid’ on deadline day last monday:
Get Ayoze Perez out of my football club he is absolutely useless.
If we can find a buyer for Perez today, then get rid! He’s been **** since signing, had one good game against Southampton and done nothing else.
I just don’t get Perez at all…Brings nothing. Does nothing.
Get that fairy Perez off the pitch, can’t stay on his feet for 5 seconds.
What a waste of money too. Our signings are generally good. Not this one.. get rid and get a forward in!!
About time for Perez had spell to the bench, ineffective again today. Always Looks better as a forward when Vardy doesn’t play.
Woeful today by LCFC, dire passing, reality check from last weekends result. Perez again a bystander.
Can someone please explain to me what Perez offers?? Not blaming today’s shambles on him but asking generally.
Ayoze Perez poor again. Said that before.
Ayoze Perez plays like when you’re controller disconnects mid-game, but it lasts the whole 90 minutes.
Perez is a complete waste of time #LCFC … absolute joke that he cost £30m!
Easy to rip into Perez isn’t it but the truth is, he’s ******* dreadful.
Perez has to come off, such a frustrating footballer.
Ayoze ‘End of the Move’ Perez can get in the ******* bin.
Perez isn’t good enough is he ?
Perez literally falls over or gets bullied off the ball everytime..get him off
Perez has given the ball away 379 times in 25 mins….
Again, I feel like some of the criticism he received at Newcastle was over the top for a player who got into double figures THREE seasons running, but it must be said that he went through patches of offering very little – and that may sometimes stand out in a Leicester side full of quality.
It’s also interesting that, despite playing 40 times for a Leicester City side that spent most of last season in and around the top 4, he only scored eight goals in all competitions – his worst tally since 2016 after 13 (18/9), 10 (17/18) and 12 goals (16/17) in his last few years on at Newcastle.
Did we play a blinder getting £30m for the inconsistent Spaniard, or do you believe he’s the 27-year-old will come good yet in under Brendan Rodgers?
One way or another, he’s clearly at a crossroads with Leicester City fans in what could turn out to be a big season for his career in the Premier League.