Newcastle fans have seen their side improve ten-fold in the second half of this season, and it’s been very enjoyable for the fans. However, it could all come to an end this summer, as a number of key men could leave. One of those is Ayoze Perez, and after his comments in The Sun, the fans believe he’ll be off if Rafa goes.
Ayoze Perez on his #nufc future:
“In the summer there will be options. I can hear what is coming for me, what they offer me, but it doesn’t mean I am going to leave 100 per cent at the end of the season. It is going to be a difficult decision. It depends on a lot of things.”
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) April 21, 2019
We saw all of the brilliance that Ayoze Perez has to his game on show on Saturday when the Spaniard netted his first hat-trick in English football. Perez is playing his best football now that he’s got the likes of Salomon Rondon and Miguel Almiron to complement him, and his treble against Southampton is a testament to his ability as he’s become the Magpies’ 9th top all-time Premier League goalscorer.
That may not sound like too impressive of a stat, but he remains just 16 goals away from matching the record of Peter Beardsley, who has 47 goals in the Premier League for Newcastle United and sits in 2nd place. Should Perez have another season and a half at the club and remain until January 2021 then he should be able to overcome Beardsley, but that would rely on Rafa Benitez sticking around too.
You can read the Geordies’ thoughts on Perez’s future here:
In other words, he's waiting to see if Rafa stays
— Splashh (@KeithTheLacy) April 21, 2019
Basically reached the stage after 5 seasons at the club, he doesn’t want another 5 more of relegation battles and if Rafa goes/no ambition, he’s rightly off.
— Joshua Pearce (@Pearcey_90) April 22, 2019
Let's be realistic here, if they don't give Rafa what he wants then he walks and I could not blame him, there is no other manager capable of doing what he has done, and I don't think we will be as lucky next year in relegation.
— Ciaran Heaney (@CiaranHeaney4) April 21, 2019
If our club show nothing to compete, no reason he would stay
— Ginkoh_NUFC (@Ginkohro) April 22, 2019
I think he will stay but only if Rafa stays, the only reason he’s even considering going will probably be all the stupid fans who slagged and booed him off the pitch, where have they gone
— Jack Bryan (@JackBryan08) 22 April 2019
Basically if Rafa goes he goes..and I don’t blame him one bit!
— Mark Cox (@markcox87) April 22, 2019
The Magpies aren’t all convinced that Perez will stay, but they will all be gutted if he does leave.
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