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Newcastle United: Fans debate who won from Perez’s Leicester move

Newcastle United: Fans debate who won from Perez’s Leicester move

Many Newcastle United supporters have been discussing which side actually won from Ayoze Perez joining Leicester City, after Brendan Rodgers benched the Spaniard as the Foxes beat Bournemouth 3-1.

Perez left St. James’ Park for the King Power Stadium at the start of July when Rodgers’ East Midlands outfit triggered a £30million (BBC) release clause in the 26-year-old’s Toon contract.

It brought to an end a five-year stint for the CD Tenerife product in the North East, having left his boyhood side for the Magpies in 2014 in a deal worth upwards of £1.5million (The Guardian).

As well as marking a twenty-times profit on the fee paid, his departure deprived Newcastle of their leading Premier League ‘scorer from last season, as Perez’s 12 successful strikes (WhoScored) eclipsed the tally of Salomon Rondon (11) and was three-times as many as Fabian Schar achieved – with the Swiss centre-back actually the Magpies’ third-best goal threat in 2018/19.

Perez also hit each of Newcastle’s top-flight goals between April 1 and May 11 (TransferMarkt), with his solo efforts against Leicester and Brighton and hat-trick at Southampton ensuring the St. James’ Park natives pulled clear of the relegation picture.

Since joining Leicester, however, the former Spain U21 international is yet to score or assist a single goal in any competition (WhoScored), and has only managed two key passes, one shot on target and six successful dribbles during his 234 minutes of top-flight action, before being an unused substitute as the Foxes beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

Some Newcastle fans have reacted to Perez’s omission from the action as reason to celebrate the fee received in the summer, but portions of the St. James’ Park faithful still consider the 26-year-old as someone who would walk into their first-team.

Here are a selection of the messages shared by Magpies supporters…

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