'Rather have Albert Luque' - Newcastle fans blast first team stalwart in defeat v Burnley
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United fans were left furious on social media with the performance of Ayoze Perez after he disappointed in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday.
The Spanish attacking midfielder has been a stalwart this season, having named in the starting XI of every one of the club’s 10 league matches, but has come under heavy criticism after a series of unimpressive displays.
Monday saw him line up behind striker Joselu in a playmaker’s role but he was ineffectual yet again, and lost possession which led to Jeff Hendrick’s goal which separated the two sides.
Newcastle supporters were livid with what they saw from the 24-year-old in the north west and took to Twitter to voice their frustrations.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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I think Diame, Joselu, and Perez must be brilliant in training. Cuz I genuinely don’t understand how they start matches #nufc
— Toon Army Virginia (@ToonArmy757) October 30, 2017
Again front four just isn't good enough. Perez is a liability as shown in lead up to their goal
— Colin Herbst (@Colinzane9) October 30, 2017
There's still people telling me how good ayoze Perez is man and I've just been told he's consistent ???????????????? #nufc
— Jonny (@Jonathangeldar1) October 30, 2017
Perez wouldn’t even get in that current Sunderland side
— Joe (@Joe_Nufc1892) October 30, 2017
Agreed. I love Perez but he's been awful this season. We have very little going forward but we're so flat as a team. Murphy has to start imo
— Jack Bell (@jackbnufc) October 30, 2017
No way, id way rather have albert luque than perez, id rather have shola ameobi and sammy ameobi over perez
— Andrew – NUFC (@Andrew_l_11_l) October 30, 2017
Shocking team performance mind Perez Joselu and Diame wtf how do they start no presence at all
— jon adams (@Dj99Nufc) October 30, 2017
Perez has just one goal and one assist to his name this season, despite his constant game time, and it comes after an impressive campaign in the Championship last season.
Fighting it out with Mo Diame, who was also slated by fans after starting on Monday, he made 36 league appearances for the club, netting nine times and chipping in with a further seven assists for his team mates.
In total Perez, who can also operate as a centre forward, has 126 Newcastle appearances under his belt, with 26 goals and 10 assists under his belt.
In other Newcastle United news, Jamaal Lascelles did not hold back in his assessment of the clash.