I’ve been on holiday for the past week (Lanzarote if you were wondering) and touched down back in England to the rather surprising news that Newcastle United have managed to get not one, but TWO players “over the line” in the time that I’d been sunning myself on the beaches of the North Atlantic.

Ayoze Perez has joined from Tenerife and Jack Colback has swapped the red and white stripes of Sunderland for the black and white of Newcastle. No surprises as to which one attracted the most headlines.

Colback’s signing didn’t shock many as the midfielder has been in talks with his boyhood club for a number of weeks/months, although him finally putting pen to paper finally eased worries amongst the Toon fans that another one was going to slip through the net.

Many fans will have reservations about a former Mackem signing for Newcastle and understandably so, given the widely-viewed picture of him mocking Newcastle following Sunderland’s 3-0 victory at St James’ Park in the 2012/13 season.

The ginger-haired midfielder is hardly a world beater when it comes to quality, but will provide good cover in the middle of the park for Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita. He has a good engine and can get forward too, offering Alan Pardew another option for his team’s formation.

It was also vitally important for Newcastle to sign an Englishman this summer. Some fans have worries that the team is becoming too foreign and the addition of another home grown player – especially one with a Geordie accent – will ease some worries.

However, the capture of Ayoze Perez could turn out to be a steal.

The young Spaniard netted 16 goals in Spain’s second division last season for Tenerife and has joined Newcastle ahead of a host of European clubs.

Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal were all interested but the new man in charge of transfer dealings at Newcastle, Lee Charnley, pulled off the coup. He has already trumped his predecessor, Joe Kinnear, by getting someone over the line. Not the worst of starts – Kinnear began his tenure by going on holiday.

Perez is quick, athletic, has excellent dribbling skills and his talent is undeniable. However the challenge comes when he must settle down and find his top form, as is the way with so many talented younger players.

Moving to a big club in a foreign country aged just 20 is a big ask and many have fallen at the hurdle Perez is trying to pass. Hopefully though, the Spaniard can break through quickly and push for a first-team place.

Pardew still only has unproven teenage strikers at his disposal, so Perez is arguably the number one fit striker at the club right now. With a good attitude and a bit of luck, there is no reason why he can’t go on to become an important part of Pardew’s plans.


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  1. alan

    Why bother with this old news, even if you were on holidays. Yur headline made everyone think I was Gomis

    • Marley Anderson

      It’s a fun article, which you clearly haven’t grasped. For the record, if you read through the site, I think Gomis is terrible so I won’t be giving any more time covering his movements. Cheers!


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