Lucas Perez has had a troubled first season and Newcastle are knocking at Arsenal’s door. In this article, I’ll be explaining why I think he would be perfect for Newcastle.
You can see from this video that Perez can play all over the final 3rd. He can be seen drifting into the channels and cutting in or playing a ball along the box. This is useful because Newcastle’s wingers (apart from Ritchie) have questionable end product. He can also drop deeper into a number 10 role and create from deeper. But then he can also play as a traditional out and out striker which is also a position Newcastle are looking at.
Newcastle have always notoriously been penny pinchers and Perez should be available for a relatively cheap fee. Perez is deeply unhappy with his treatment at Arsenal. He has been given very little game time and was furious about losing his squad number to Lacazette. This means we can get a good player, in his prime, for only £13.4 million. Perez may also be willing to take a wage cut to get away from Arsenal which falls right into Newcastle’s hands.
Perez is a quick striker who can beat his man easily. He can also hold his nerve in front of goal and has a clinical finish on him. This can be seen in his goal vs Bournemouth as he finishes from a tight angle. Adding onto this, he is also a decent passer which is crucial in a modern forward to link up with the rest of the team. In his best season (2015/16 for Deportivo) he scored 17 goals with a shot accuracy of almost 60% which shows he can score goals and is efficient with his shots. Last season he scored five goals in 421 minutes (Premier League and Champions League) which is a goal every 84 minutes and a goal every five shots which is very impressive.
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