Newcastle fans just can’t get enough of Ayoze Perez right now, and the Spaniard was influential once again as the Magpies topped Arsenal on Sunday.
Things have gone from glass half empty to the glass overflowing with optimism pretty quickly on Tyneside, and Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal was yet another reminder of what the Magpies are capable of.
After a difficult start to the season, Rafael Benitez’s side are now closer to a Europa League place than they are to the bottom three, and the form of Ayoze Perez has been a big reason why.
The entire team deserves massive credit, but Perez has been particularly impressive in the Magpies’ incredible run of form, grabbing three goals and four assists in his last seven starts, including one of each in Sunday’s win.
The 24 year-old has always lacked end product to add to his obvious talent, but found the perfect finish to a wonderful Newcastle move to level the scores after Arsenal’s early opener.
He then flicked on Islam Slimani’s impressive header towards Matt Ritchie, who fired home the winning goal.
Fans were already praising Perez last week, and they’re heaping more praise on the 24 year-old after Sunday’s win.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Ayoze Perez is like a Wine who gets better the later the season goes on.
— Jack🎲 (@ManLikeMerino) April 15, 2018
For me, Ayoze Pérez is man of the match. His first touch gave the equaliser, the turning point, and even then Newcastle had less than 30% of possession at the end of the first half. Pérez gave it his all, even just before he got subbed off in the later stages of the game.
— Isa Saifullah (@isasaifullah) April 15, 2018
Who says we need a new number 10 with Ayoze Perez in the form he’s in 🤔 turned corners under Rafa and is really starting to consistently look like the player he’s shown glimpses of being. Rafa’s faith paying off 👍🏻 #NUFC
— Chris McKenna (@CJMac0909) April 15, 2018
Ayoze Perez is the first Newcastle player to score three consecutive goals in the premier league since Ayoze Perez
— NG (@NewcastleGoals) April 15, 2018
Some boy, always improving ⚫⚪⚫⚪
— Connor Blackburn (@C_Blackburn98) April 15, 2018
Take a bow Ayoze Pérez. You’re more than just a magnificent head of luxurious hair. Proving the doubters wrong. A vital component in this side #NUFC
— Norman Riley (@LikeTheGoat) April 15, 2018