Former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage has included Newcastle United star Ayoze Perez in his Team of the Week on his personal Twitter account.
The Magpies mainstay – who has made 38 appearances in all competitions this season – was rewarded for his fine performance in the 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday, when he netted a hat-trick for his side.
The likes of Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson were also included in the line-up, as well as Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Brighton defender Shane Duffy.
My team of the week is here!
Savage said that the front three in his Team of the Week were “on fire” during their respective appearances at the weekend, and he could not be closer to the truth when it comes to Perez. Saturday was perhaps one of his best displays in a Newcastle shirt for a very long time, and it reinforced just how important he is to the Magpies’ cause for seasons to come. The fans would surely be gutted if he was to leave at any point in the near future, as the impact he has made since the arrival of Miguel Almiron has been really excellent. If he can keep up this type of form, then Rafa Benitez will surely be in dreamland – he has been waiting to see Perez improve, and he has demonstrated that he was right to place his faith in him when things were getting tough. He fully deserves his recognition, as he has been rather brilliant of late.