Ayoze Perez scored his 28th Premier League goal on Friday moving him level with Obafemi Martins and Craig Bellamy in Newcastle’s all time top Premier League goalscorer charts.
This puts Perez within touching distance of some club legends like Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley.
The Spaniard signed for a bargain £1.8 million back in 2014 has become an essential part of Rafa Benitez’s team since he took over in 2016.
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His latest goal was a fantastic flicked header from a Matt Ritchie cross, sealing a one nil win over Leicester which more or less secured Newcastle’s Premier League status for another season.
One Newcastle fan suggested that he has had a greater impact than Craig Bellamy because he plays in a deeper role for a worse Toon side.
So much so that he now finds himself just 13 goals off Les Ferdinand and if he passes Sir Les he will be into Newcastle’s top-five Premier League goalscorers. Not bad for a man who cost £1.8 million.
Newcastle fans have however had a mixed reaction on Twitter to Perez’s potential achievements.
13? Give me a shout in 2 years time
— WillingtonQuaySaints (@wqsaints) April 13, 2019
Terrible comparison. We only had Ferdinand for 2 seasons !! He couldn’t lace Les’s boots mind
— Paul Davison (@dubtoon) April 14, 2019
To be fair, Sir Les scored his 41 PL goals in only 68 games. Mind he was playing in a slightly better team..
— Wallace Wilson (@WallaceHWilson) April 13, 2019
Level with Bellamy but plays in a deeper role and hasn’t played with the same attacking players Bellamy did. And even though Bellamy signed a decade and a half ago Perez cost 3 times less. Not a slight at Bellamy – just some perspective. He’s been fantastic for us #nufc
— Phillwillkill (@Phillwillkill) April 14, 2019
I’ve never understood the criticism off him. Generally gives his all every game and scores goals.
— Iain Douglas (@Iain_Douglas) April 14, 2019
I do think that Perez gets some unfair stick from our fans, but comparing him to Les Fersinand is like comparing a Porsche 911 to shopping trolley.
— Shaun Brunton (@TheBoyBrunton) April 13, 2019