'Get off the pitch', 'A shambles' - Newcastle fans rip into attacker after first half v Brighton
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United fans have torn into Spanish attacker Ayoze Perez on social media after he failed to impress during the first half of their clash against Brighton on Sunday.
The versatile forward, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or further up the pitch as a central striker, was wasteful in possession and struggled to fashion any clear cut changes for his team mates.
He also failed to threaten Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, with one attempt drifting horribly wide and out for a throw in.
As a result, fans turned to Twitter to lash out at the 24-year-old, with many suggesting that boss Rafael Benitez needed to make changes to his side.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters best tweets:
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It's time. It's time to stop giving Ayoze Perez a place in the starting XI. #NUFC
— Matt (@MatthewArnott) September 24, 2017
Despite his ability, Ayoze Perez is likely our most wasteful player #Nufc
— StaveleyBake (@Safehands666) September 24, 2017
I’m sick of Ayoze Perez we need an attacking midfielder in January.
— Jack (@Jack_Rogers97) September 24, 2017
ayoze perez GET OFF THE PITCH
— katie???? (@katiexchanteIIe) September 24, 2017
Ayoze Perez is a shambles
— ryan (@Merinofied) September 24, 2017
Perez needs to come off, offering absolutely nothing #NUFC
— Chris Booth (@ChrisBooth1993) September 24, 2017
It absurd to think we don't have a better option than Perez at #10
Can't keep getting game. Potential is no substitute for inability. #NUFC
— Blowin' A Gayle! (@AnotherNUFCView) September 24, 2017
Since joining from Spanish side Tenerife in the summer of 2014, Perez has gone on to make 122 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle, scoring 25 goals and chipping in with a further 10 assists, and is contracted at St James’ Park until 2021.
Last season saw him appear in 41 of the Magpies’ games, 36 of those coming in the Championship, while this campaign has seen him feature in all five of the club’s Premier League matches.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez’s priority in the winter transfer window has been revealed.