The dark days might finally over at St James’ Park once a takeover is complete within the upcoming weeks. The talks are progressing well as per the Sun, and Newcastle United might finally get rid of Mike Ashley amid reports of Premier League’s ongoing verification of buyer Sheikh Khaled’s proof of funds prior to a suggested £350m acquisition.
This must not stop the Magpies’ transfer activity as they need significant investment and must keep hold of Rafael Benitez, who is yet to extend his stay beyond July. The Spaniard successfully retained their top-flight status on successive seasons, but at the same time, raised his concerns over a lack of funding. He does not have the tools to compete for a top-half finish and therefore, is unlikely to pen a new contract unless he is given assurances financially.
The Tyneside faithful are frustrated too, and it is their star attacker Ayoze Perez now who has voiced the fans’ frustration (while talking to the Chronicle) asking the management to aim for something bigger to avoid further downfall.
“You’ve got the most difficult thing you can have as a club – to have this support home and away. The way people see football in this city is something you cannot control. It’s something every club doesn’t have. It’s the most difficult thing, and we should look after that and take advantage of that to play for something bigger.”
His words, however, would be alarming for the supporters who might lose their prized assets if Benitez departs. The 25-year-old has been pivotal for Newcastle over the past couple of campaigns and exhibited his excellence in front of goal while operating as a centre-forward or featuring down the right wing.
Perez netted 12 league goals last season for the famous Black and Whites including a few on bigger fixtures which eventually guided them to escaping a relegation scare.
The former Spain youth international rejected offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto (according to Shields Gazette) to join the Toon from Tenerife back in the summer of 2014. He has been a regular ever since and earned a cult status already due to his commitment, tenacity as well as amazing ball skills.
Perez has made a steady growth since moving to England and is expected to flourish furthermore in the forthcoming future. Newcastle, despite all confusions and catastrophe, should secure his services for years to come and steer clear of further backlash by showing more intent and ambition to reclaim their lost pride.