Being a number ten charged with bringing creativity to the current Newcastle side is a hard ask for Ayoze Perez.
Rafa Benitez’s intense tactics put a demand a huge amount of tactical discipline and the lack of quality in the squad ensures that playmakers are not given that many opportunities to shine.
As the Magpies looked for a formula to reinvigorate their attack and pick up a first win of the season, it was understandable that the possibility of dropping Perez was mooted.
Benitez listened against Watford at the weekend, leaving his countryman out in favour of Yoshinori Muto.
But with the game still 0-0, Perez was introduced to the fray as Benitez tried to build on a solid foundation within the match to grab a much-needed win.
The frontman didn’t let his manager down, heading home before embarking on a celebration that indicated he knew he had come in for criticism and went about answering it in the perfect way.
That strike really should make Benitez think twice about dropping him again. It may well have acted as a wake-up call but Perez offers a blend of creativity and work-rate that is unmatched by anybody else in the squad.