Clark implied that Perez was perhaps motivated to leave St James Park due to Rafa Benitez leaving, and even suggested that the manager’s exit would have changed the mindset of a lot of players.
“There was talk of Ayoze Perez returning to La Liga in order to break into the Spain team before Rafa Benitez left. But I think with Rafa moving on, it’s changed the mindset of a lot of players,” wrote Clark for Tribal Football.
While The Sun previously reported that players such as Martin Dubravka, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar were doubting their futures following Benitez’s exit, Clark believing that could be the case will just have supporters more worried.
Clark, who played over 200 times for the Magpies, knows how a footballer thinks and was no doubt at times during his career having to consider his future once a manager leaves.
The retired midfielder therefore probably is right to indirectly imply that Perez may not be the only senior player leaving this summer.
This is a worrying thought as the Magpies squad looks desperately in need of strengthening already.
Rondon and Perez scored 23 of the 52 goals the Magpies scored in the Premier League between them (Source: Premier League), and the thought that other areas, aside from the club’s attacking department, could end up being weakened by player exits is a thought fans won’t want to hear.
So given that Clark’s verdict carries the implication that others may not be sure about their future, his remarks are likely to leave many uneasy.