By Danny Wright
Newcastle fans have destroyed Rafa Benitez for his decision to start Ayoze Perez in the clash against West Ham at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies confirmed on their official Twitter account that Perez, 24, had been selected by Rafa Benitez to start his third Premier League fixture in a row, but that hasn’t gone down too well with the supporters.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 26, 2017
Perez looks set to start behind summer signing Joselu in the No 10 role, but his form in recent weeks has raised questions of his ability to continue playing in the Premier League.
The former Spain Under-21 international was a mainstay of the side when Newcastle won the 2016/17 Championship title last time out, playing a key role as he scored 12 goals and supplied seven assists in 41 appearances across all competitions.
However fans now think that it’s time for Benitez to axe the ex-Tenerife attacker and give Rolando Aarons a chance to show his worth to the squad.
One supporter believes that it’s “bizaare” how Perez keeps on getting into the squad, while other continued to show their rage at the Spaniard’s continual selection.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Perez man. How many chances???
— Dale (@dc_nufc_84) August 26, 2017
Perez is dreadful…..Aarons should start
— Jeff (@jeffgarnett30) August 26, 2017
Perez should be nowhere near that side and can't believe Joselu is ahead of Mitro in the pecking order. Nonetheless…come on lads!! 😊 #nufc
— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) August 26, 2017
I would of had mitro on instead of Perez and played 2 up top instead of one
— tony Elvin (@schindlerelvin1) August 26, 2017
Rafa needs to be more ruthless. Ritchie and Perez should not be starting. Aaron's and Mitro alllll day. Or move Ritchie to number 10
— Leon Mitchell™ (@leonmitchell) August 26, 2017
Rafa's facination with Perez is bizarre. Been anonymous this season, proved to be to lightweight every match. #nufc
— David (@Dave_is_Elvis) August 26, 2017
How does Perez keep his place?? 🤔 #NUFC
— Paul Kershaw (@PaulKershaw79) August 26, 2017
Newcastle and their Saturday opponents West Ham have both lost their opening two fixtures this season and it will no doubt be a major blow to the other team if someone was to walk away with all three points.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are planning a swoop for this £29million striker.