Perez just 13 goals off moving into Newcastle’s top five Premier League goalscorers

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.

The 25-year-old has made 139 Premier League appearances for the Magpies and while he receives some criticism from fans, no one can doubt the Toon have more than got their money’s worth.

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.