Ayoze Perez is a footballer who’s ability creates constant debate amongst Newcastle United fans, but there could be no arguing he was the star man against Everton on Saturday.
The Spaniard led the way in a remarkable comeback against The Toffees, scoring a brace and also bagging a magnificent chipped assist for Salomon Rondon.
A dreadful first half at St James’ Park had seen Newcastle trailing to Everton 2-0, as well as Matt Ritchie spurning the chance to equalise with a penalty.
But in the second half, it was a different story, thanks largely to Ayoze Perez.
He combined brilliantly with Rondon to get the Toon back into the match early on and then showed great striker’s instincts to snatch two goals in the final ten minutes.
It was an unbelievable turn around, and a great performance from Perez given his early season form.
It was the first time Newcastle had come back from two goals down to win a PL game since October 2003.
Perez once again celebrated his goals by putting his fingers in ears, and his critics once again fell silent.
But some fans have been quick to highlight what they believe is the real reason for his current form.
Newcastle fans praise Almiron and Perez
Perez has been outstanding since Almiron arrived. It’s like he’s a different player! #NUFC
— Paul (@TheToonReview) March 9, 2019
Oh and Perez was absolutely bloody outstanding today. Since Almiron has come up his performances have skyrocketed. Brilliant #NUFC
— Matty Benn (@mattybenn99) March 9, 2019
Almiron may not have scored a goal for us as of yet but he has made this front 3 tick. Ayoze Perez looks to be a completely different player with Miggy in the squad #NUFC
— Notorious_Shaneo (@PrimeDiame) March 9, 2019
Perez was mint today. Almiron has brought the best out of him. #NUFC
— Scott (@scottbarc) March 9, 2019
Is Almiron’s presence lighting a fire under Perez? Perez was immense today. #nufc
— Newyorkmagpie (@newyorkmagpie) March 9, 2019
#nufc adding Almíron to Perez and Rondon has been transformational. One on their own wasn’t great, two of them not bad, three together is wonderful.
— jicejc (@RodCole0709) March 9, 2019
Almiron bringing the best out in everyone
It’s not just Perez who has improved since Almiron’s arrival, it’s the whole team.
Newcastle have long been missing a number 10 who can link attack and defence, and they’ve finally found that player.
Perez now has less work to do in midfield and can concentrate on being a better striker. It’s no coincidence he’s suddenly scoring goals.
Despite being an attacking player, it doesn’t necessarily even matter that Almiron himself is not directly involved in every goal.
His work rate, skill and attitude inspire the rest of the team to work hard and keep pushing to attack.
Considering Almiron is still adapting to the Premier league, his impact so far has been outstanding.
He’s certainly been worth Newcastle’s transfer record fee.