Newcastle United take on Leicester City on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup second round which will see Ayoze Perez take on his former side – and the Spaniard has sent a message to Toon fans on Twitter.
Perez, 26, clocked up an enormous 195 appearances for Newcastle during the five years he spent on Tyneside – after first moving to Newcastle from Spanish minnows Tenerife in the summer of 2014.
In that time, Perez scored 48 times for Newcastle and laid on another 17 assists. Those stats are even more impressive when considered that he played many of those matches from out wide – and indeed 55 came from the bench.
An excellent 2018-19 campaign saw Leicester pay £30million for his signature in the summer, and he has since made three appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Perez sent a heartfelt Tweet to Newcastle fans, ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Training hard this week 💪🏽 We begin a competition and we do in Newcastle, it will be a special day for me! 😊 pic.twitter.com/Rqd6eqF7DY
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) August 27, 2019
Perez is yet to score or lay on an assist for his new side and given that he has started all of Leicester’s Premier League matches, Rodgers may look to alter his side and rest his key players – given the competition.
Newcastle fans have reacted to Perez’s Tweet, which will see the attacker return to St. James’ Park for the first time following his exit from the club – and many are hoping the Spaniard will not score his first goal for Leicester.
Deserve a great reception for giving Newcastle 5 years of service & some very special moments❤️⚫️⚪️
Never forget this match & your winner.
Rafa Benitez chucked the kitchen sink at them Istanbul style second half & they crumbled.
Magical moment seeing you smash the winner in. pic.twitter.com/YgxYEHwtTN
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) August 27, 2019
Don’t score please, my heart will be crushed 💔
— Adrian 🏁 (@Adrian____29) August 27, 2019
Be strange to see you playing for the opposition, I'd normally say good luck but not for tomorrow!
— Pete Hind (@toonpete85) August 27, 2019
Please don’t score a hat trick ayo x
— Jonathan Heide (@JonzyYT) August 27, 2019
Hope you get a friendly welcome. You were such a loyal servant to our club. Just save your goals for another day.
— United with Pride (@UtdwithPride) August 27, 2019
Will be good to see you in Newcastle again ayo, hope you're not boo'd you don't deserve that.
— Connor Keegan (@ConnorKeegan20) August 27, 2019