As far as players go, should Newcastle United avoid relegation this season, then Ayoze Perez will be just one name they have to thank.
The 25-year-old has come up with some big goals this term, linking up extremely well with Salomon Rondon in attack along the way.
Perez is now chasing down 10 Premier League goals, a tally he came close to reaching in the last campaign.
And even if he does not manage to hit that figure exactly, the seven he currently has to his name is not the worst number when considering Rafael Benitez’s defensive approach to a lot of games.
That being said, for some, that still might not be enough. But when you factor in that the Magpies paid CD Tenerife just £1.80m (Transfermarkt)for the Spaniard back in 2014, among other things, the club have certainly got a lot from him.
For example, Perez is the kind of forward who will work his socks off when leading the line, while his versatility has seen him become such a reliable player for Benitez.
Capable of playing as a traditional No.9, second striker, attacking midfielder and right winger, the former CD Tenerife man is the type of player every manager wants in his squad.
At just under £2m, you will find it hard to spot a more versatile forward than Alan Pardew’s 2014 summer signing in today’s market — both in terms of position and system — and a forward who is as productive in a conservative set-up.
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