Newcastle fans have had it rough at times this season, that much is for sure, but yesterday was a game and a day to remember. Rafa Benitez and the Magpies welcomed Southampton to St James Park and thanks to Ayoze Perez they won 3-1, with the sublime Spaniard scoring a treble as they saw off the Saints.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 20, 2019
By scoring that treble against Southampton, Ayoze Perez became the first Newcastle man to bag a Premier League hat-trick since Geroginio Wijnaldum scored four against Norwich back in October 2015, and it was just the third time that the Magpies have found the net three times in a league game this season. Perez still managed it though and is now the Magpies’ top scorer in the league this season.
His hat-trick took him from eight goals to eleven, usurping Salomon Rondon in the process, although without the big Venezuelan his hat-trick wouldn’t have happened as he assisted the second of Perez’s three and worked tirelessly, holding up the ball as a harrying lone striker for Perez to get space. Now, though, it’s all about building on this ahead of next season and the Geordies will hope Perez can go into the 2019/20 season and better this season’s goal tally.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Perez’s treble here:
THIS GUY IS WORTH 50 MILLIONNNN
— Dell (@agbnufc) 20 April 2019
— Juan Rosa (@92Oldschool92) April 20, 2019
Man of the match Ayoozzee
— Annie Gill (@AnnieGill4950) 20 April 2019
Belting performance, howay the lads!
— H0RR0R B0Y (@GameScares) 20 April 2019
Perez Perez Ayoze Perez! Gets the ball scores a goal Ayoze Perez
— Michael (@MuA15MuA) April 20, 2019
— Hlezi (@hlezi_ngwenya) 20 April 2019
His first ever NUFC hat trick, throughly deserved! In true @AyozePG fashion, a very clever finish!
WHOS THAT TEAM WE CALL UNITED!? WHOS THAT TEAM WE ALL ADORE!?
— Josh Moffet (@JoshMoffet17) 20 April 2019
The Geordies loved seeing Perez net his hat-trick and will want to see more of the same from the Spanish forward.
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