Newcastle United have had a number of world-class players in their possession over the years, but the last couple of seasons look to be an exception.
Rafa Benitez has become very frustrated during his time at St James’ Park due to the small amount of backing that he has received from the club’s owner Mike Ashley. This has forced the Magpies to tackle Premier League League football with what many have called a Championship standard squad.
Indeed, after failing to produce many memorable moments in front of goal last season it came as some surprise that the club decided to hold onto a number of attacking players. And, having added the likes of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto to their ranks, a number of players have come under the spotlight at St James’ Park.
Joining Newcastle United on the 6th of June 2014 for £1.5 million from Tenerife, Ayoze Perez, who is currently valued at £9 million (by Transfermarkt), struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League as he didn’t manage to score his first goal for the club until the 26th of October.
An exciting attacker that attracted interest from the likes of Real Madrid, FC Porto and Barcelona, the Spaniard was an impressive acquisition for the Magpies.
In October 2014, Ayoze won the Breakthrough Player in the 2013–14 Segunda División and Best Attacking Midfielder in the 2013–14 Segunda División awards, so it was clear to see that he was a special talent.
But, things haven’t gone to plan during his time at St James’ Park as he struggles to contribute in the final third, which is one of the main reasons behind Newcastle United’s struggles in the current campaign. It took the attacker 12 games to score his first goal for the club this season, so it comes as some surprise that Benitez is still putting his faith in the underperforming 25-year-old.
If the likes of Salomon Rondon, Joselu and Yoshinori Muto had been firing on all cylinders then it could be a whole different story for Perez at Newcastle United, so he should be thankful that they’ve been as woeful as he has.
With the Magpies potentially falling into a relegation scrap come the end of the season, Benitez should have a long, hard think about offloading him at some point in the future, as a consistent flow of goals is the only thing that will preserve their Premier League status.
What do you think Newcastle fans?