Rafa Hasn't Always Been Fair To Perez

Jamie Redknapp has hailed Ayoze Perez as a “joy to watch” following Newcastle United’s memorable fifth win in consecutive games at St James’ Park.

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Writing in the Daily Mail, the high-profile pundit namechecked the 25-year-old attacker as the player who most stood out as Rafael Benitez’s side came from two goals down at half-time to triumph 3-2.

“Newcastle showed incredible character to battle back to beat Everton,” Redknapp told the Mail. “They have been a joy to watch recently and in Ayoze Perez have a silky, clever forward who holds the ball up well.

“They have won their last five games at St James’ — which makes it even more frustrating that they set up so negatively against Chelsea there earlier in the season. On their day, they can take the fight to anyone.”

Perez has often divided fans with his rollercoaster performances. But is that down to HIM or the MANAGER?

He seems to be turning into a potent and consistent performer now that Rafa has finally gone to the 3-5-2 formation that fans have been crying out for all season.

It allows him to play up front, and his almost telepathic partnership with Salomon Rondon is shining through.