Newcastle United produced an outstanding display to demolish last season’s champions Chelsea 3-0 at St James’ Park on the final day of the English Premier League.
It was a case of saving the best for last from Rafa Benitez’s outfit, who ended the Blues’ hopes of qualifying for next year’s UEFA Champions League.
A Dwight Gayle opener and a second half double from Ayoze Perez was enough for the victory, helping the Magpies secure a top half of the table finish in their first season back in the top-flight.
Fans were absolutely delight with the result and performance, singling out Perez for particular praise after his excellent display.
The attacking midfielder has scored 10 goals assisted five times for his side this season, producing excellent form since the turn of the year particularly.
Can he replicate that next term as Benitez looks to build on what turn out to be a very solid season for the club?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
— mandrake fraser 🍄 (@thewhippetbeans) May 13, 2018
What Rafa has achieved with this group of players, Perez and Diame in particular, is nothing short of a miracle. Get his name on the dotted line, give him some money to spend, and let him build on this. #NUFC
— John Parker (@j0hnparker) May 13, 2018
Perez is a pure little Spanish goal machine. What a result!!! #NUFC
— Anthony_ (@Anthhudson) May 13, 2018
What Rafas done with Dummet, Diame & Perez is unreal. Three players who are now key. How he's done it I don't know but very well done #NUFC
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) May 13, 2018
Perez has been a total changed man since the turn of the year! Rafa has improved his game massively!! #nufc
— Jordon (@greggas90) May 13, 2018
Special mention to Ayoze Perez. 10 goals from the no10 position for NUFC this season is a fantastic achievement. An underrated player who is flourishing under Rafa and its fucking brilliant to watch. Gan on lad.
— Jenky (@_Jenky88) May 13, 2018
They were all fantastic today but Perez especially stuck out, brilliant from him & Don’t think there’s ever been such a contrast through out a season for a player than there has with Mo Diame, unbelievable turnaround from him
— Smithyy (@SmithyNUFC1) May 13, 2018
PEREZ! Brilliant, stepping up once again to provide the goals when #nufc need them! Just what we’ve deserved!!!
— Matt Roberts (@atwmroberts) May 13, 2018