This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Newcastle United sold Ayoze Perez to Leicester City for £30.06m in last summer’s transfer window, it may have seemed a peculiar decision.
Should Newcastle have sold Perez?
With a relatively impressive 13 goals and a further four assists in 41 games in all competitions in 2018/19, according to Transfermarkt, he finished as the top scorer at the Tyneside club that season. Not only was Perez sold, but he was sold to a Premier League rival in the Foxes, therefore strengthening them and weakening the Magpies.
Bought for a mere £1.8m from Spanish club Tenerife in July 2014, perhaps nobody at St. James’ Park could have envisaged just how valuable a player Perez was to become in the northeast.
In a total of 148 matches over all competitions across five consecutive seasons for the Toon, the Spanish under-21 international scored 48 times and provided a further 17 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
However, in the 2019/20 campaign under Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium, Perez only managed to net eight times (three of those in one game) and produce five assists in 40 appearances in all competitions (via the Transfermarkt), which is arguably a low return considering how much money was paid for him.
The market value of the 27-year old has also reached a peak of £27m, so considering that Newcastle sold him for £30.06m, making themselves a big 1670% profit on their initial outlay, it can be argued that they did great business in selling Perez last year.
Geordies, was selling Perez a great piece of business? Comment below with your views!
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