As the summer transfer rumours begin, reports have emerged that suggest Tottenham have made an offer in the region of 25 million pounds for Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez (CalcioNapoli).
The Spaniard finished off the 2018/19 Premier League season with a flourish. He scored six goals in Newcastle’s final five games, playing a pivotal role in ensuring that ‘The Toon’ finished 11 points clear of the drop zone.
The 2018/19 season marked Perez’s highest Premier League goal tally since joining Newcastle in 2014. He managed 12 goals in 37 games, bringing his total up to 33 goals in 143 games. These numbers are nothing to shout about however and Perez has hardly blown anyone away in his 5-year period at Tyneside.
Former Newcastle defender Danny Mills has noted the underwhelming goalscoring record that Perez holds.
Speaking to Football Insider Mills displayed his surprise at the recent links that have developed between Perez and Spurs.
He said: “I’d been stunned if Tottenham signed him”.
“He has been at Newcastle for five years and had half a good season. He has hardly ripped up any trees”.
“if you can get a big fee, sell him. I would go for it if I was Newcastle. He is certainly replaceable, especially if they can get decent money to invest back into the team.”
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Mills certainly makes a strong point. Even for Newcastle, a bottom half side in the Premier League, Perez is replaceable. While it is good to see Spurs looking for attacking reinforcements it is surprising that we would look to the bottom half of the table for options – especially as Perez turns 26 at the end of July, hardly a young talent with bags of potential.
The 25-million-pound (or thereabouts) price tag doesn’t seem overly expensive in today’s market, but again you’d have to question whether there are better options out there at that price. Hakim Ziyech, who put in two stellar performances against Spurs, immediately springs to mind. Even more so after reports emerged that the Moroccan has a 25-million-pound release clause in his contract (Mirror).
With this in mind, you’d like to think that we’d be interested in someone with a little bit of proven pedigree at the top level, particularly if we are to compete both domestically and on the continent next season.
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