In-form Newcastle United attacker Ayoze Perez failed to get the goal he perhaps should have done in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night, and Magpies fans were quick to have their say on his performance.
The 24-year-old, who earns £20,000-a-week according to a report in The Sun from 2016, came into the clash on Merseyside having helped his team record four successive Premier League wins with three goals and one assist during that period, and he should have added to that tally against the Toffees.
The Spaniard had five efforts at goal – with just two of those being on target – while he should have done much better when he had the chance to assist Islam Slimani, whom he is understandably still lacking a real connection with.
Newcastle supporters, who were angered by reports linking Perez with a move away from St James’ Park last week, took to social media to give their thoughts on his latest display, and while one described him as “utterly infuriating”, another said “he killed this match tonight”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Nights like this reaffirm to me how much we seriously need to buy 4-5 quality players in order to improve this team and go up a notch.
I love Dummet but he's sooo limited.
Perez is still utterly infuriating at times. So weak.
Still unconvinced on Lejeune too.#NUFC
— Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) April 23, 2018
— Jonathan Crawford (@quadrophenic23) April 23, 2018
Fair play Perez for past few games but tonight proved he's not a striker or a number 10 can't pass the ball and isn't strong enough #NUFC
— Alan Hall (@alanhall465) April 23, 2018
Oh well… Lets hope we sell Perez this summer! #NUFC
— Samuel Douglas (@slduk88) April 23, 2018
Poor performance tonight, Perez lacking quality, Slimani and Gayle poor for the most part. Diame superb again but Shelvey off the pace. Awful ref #nufc
— Anthony Candler (@cheeseball1913) April 23, 2018
Perez has been the saviour in previous matches but he killed this match tonight #nufc
— His Excellency (@his_excellency7) April 23, 2018
Maybe Perez is the key… if he plays well we look a decent side. When he has been poor we also look poor. His body language looked awful last night… really petulant!
— Paul Dowling (@dowlo100) April 24, 2018