Yesterday saw Newcastle lose out 2-1 at home to Wolves in the only Premier League clash of the day. It was one of those games where things just didn’t fall the way of the Magpies, and it certainly didn’t help that the fans weren’t happy with the team lineup before the game had even kicked off.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 9, 2018
The Geordies were instantly upset ahead of the game as Rafa Benitez continued to show his support for misfiring forward, Ayoze Perez. The Spanish striker missed a handful of chances last weekend against West Ham in their 3-0 home defeat and considering that the frontman has got just two goals and two assists in his 17 appearances this season, you can see why he’s not the most popular man at St James Park.
Instead, a lot of the fans have been calling for new summer signing, Yoshinori Muto to be given a chance. The Japanese forward has only got one goal to his name so far, but that goal came at Old Trafford against Manchester United and considering the Japanese international’s limited opportunities, it looks like they’d much rather see him given a run of 90-minute matches to try and prove himself to the Magpies.
You can read the Geordies’ responses to Perez’s inclusion here:
Joke , I just knew he'd go Atsu and Perez today
— Dave Jones (@DaveJon42813129) December 9, 2018
Atsu and Perez, god this is going to be one long long game but HWTL
— Yanited (@Yaniited) 9 December 2018
No shelvey at all in squad? Perez starting over Muto. No Dummett in first XI. 5 at the back it seems. All very odd.
— Mark Byers (@MrMarkByers) December 9, 2018
Reasonable. Perez needs dropping
— Konrad Barrick (@Explorer_100) December 9, 2018
Perez? What on earth has he got on Rafa?
— trev shan (@trevshan14) December 9, 2018
Perez and Atsu.
— Chris (@CS94DD) December 9, 2018
Perez shouldn’t be starting muto should be in
— Kieren Wilkinson (@KierenW6) December 9, 2018
The Magpies were far from happy to see Perez start and would much rather have had Muto in from the start against Wolves.