Danny Mills is “unconvinced” by Ayoze Perez’s hot streak and claimed the Newcastle attacker has not done enough to earn an elite-club transfer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England right-back explained why the Spaniard’s goal blitz since January has been impressive but says he need to be consistent over a longer period of time.
The playmaker opened the door to quitting St James’ Park in the wake of his recent hat-trick against Southampton, his first in English football.
Perez has scored 12 goals in 39 matches for Newcastle this season, with nine of them coming from a right-sided forward role since the January arrival of Miguel Almiron added new cutting edge to the side.
“He’s done it for just the one season,” Mills told Football Insider. “To get a big move you need to do it over two or three seasons. He hasn’t been great in the past, he’s been in and out.
“Okay, it’s gone well for him this year. I think if you buy a player off the back of one season, does it show that they are good enough? I’m not convinced. He’s done better – 11 goals for a forward, I think Glenn Murray’s got 11 goals this season – would you buy Glenn Murray ahead of Ayoze Perez?”
Perez is not an orthodox spearhead like Salomon Rondon, but Mills insisted that does not mean he should not be judged on how often he finds the back of the net.
The 25-year-old has scored 47 goals in 193 appearances for Newcastle and has played his best football for the club in recent months.
“He plays in that forward line, Glenn Murray hasn’t played a lot of football but he’s scored more goals – and he’s 35. Is 11 goals outstanding for a forward player? ,” Mills added to Football Insider.
“Not massively. He’s done better than before and he’s done okay but I don’t think he’ll get a big move off the back of that.”
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