Ayoze Perez may have had his best season yet in a black and white shirt, but the Newcastle striker has once again missed out on a call-up to the Spanish national team.
Spain manager Luis Enrique named his squad for La Roja’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifications on Friday, with Perez nowhere to be seen.
The snub comes despite the forward hitting 13 Premier League goals this season, his best return at Newcastle so far.
It will come as a huge blow for Perez, especially given some of the personnel picked ahead of him.
Enrique has picked a forward line focusing on La Liga talent with Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas, Mikel Oryazabal, Marco Asensio and Rodrigo in the squad.
Of these lucky few, only ex-Liverpool flop Aspas has scored more goals than Perez this season with 16.
Morata meanwhile has had a well documented poor season, and Oryazabal, Asensio and Rodrigo have just 16 goals between them.
It’s undoubtedly frustrating news for Perez, who couldn’t have performed much better this season.
Despite two performances for Spain’s u21 side, he is still yet to make an appearance for the first team.
Unsurprisingly, there’s now fears that such a snub may convince the Spaniard to seek a move away from Newcastle.
However a lot of Newcastle fans believe the forward is naïve to expect such honours.
Despite his goal return, some still question his overall quality and don’t believe he warrants a place in Spain’s squad.
Perez may have silenced his Geordie doubters, but the Spanish ones remain unconvinced.
Toon fans react to Perez snub
Perez didn't make the Spain squad becuase he plays for NUFC, he isn't in the squad because he only started playing well in January – and the same applies to last season. There are also far more established and consistent Spanish players in his position. It's not a conspiracy.
— KTDT (@KTD89) May 17, 2019
I love the guy, but the day Ayoze Perez makes a Spain squad is as strong a signal as anything that they’d no longer be an elite national team.
— adam (@TastyInnit) May 17, 2019
people live in cuckoo land, there is probably about 5 spanish talents in front of him right now.
— Lee Martin (@LMnufc87) May 17, 2019
No place in the Spain squad for Ayoze Perez after his astounding end to the season. What is it about #nufc players missing out on deserved international call ups?
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 17, 2019
I couldn't name the Spain forward line but I know Perez doesn't get a place ahead of whoever their first 5 forwards are. Christ, I still don't even know what his position is. Good end to the season but let's not get carried away.
— 👉Craig👈 UTFM (@GiarcNE40) May 18, 2019
I fully rate Perez but the spain squad just has too much quality realistically for Perez to get in, even though he had a good 2nd half of the season he’s just lacking the edge. https://t.co/vUZ1fiul6M
— NathanL1998 (@nathan_lawton) May 17, 2019