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Ayoze, Talk of the Toon
Tenerife wonder kid snapped by Newcastle United
It was no surprise that CD Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez would be leaving the club this summer but it was expected that the 20 year old would choose FC Porto in Portugal rather than the Premier League. However, after an intense few days a ‘get out clause’ of €2 million was agreed between CD Tenerife and Newcastle Utd. Ayoze’s wage hike will be spectacular, from his €600 a month semi-pro contract in Tenerife to a reported amount of above €500,000 per season plus bonuses.

Ayoze deserves his change in fortune
Ayoze deserves his change in fortune

31.05.2014 - The three year deal will practically make Ayoze a millionaire, not bad for a lad from a working class area of Santa Cruz but, as already reported here, the boy is special.  He has two good feet, is very quick and has an eye for goal.  Ayoze scored for fun at every level (he’s been at CD Tenerife since the age of eight) and since he broke into the side this season he has been a revelation, in fact without his 16 goals plus assists the team may have well struggled to retain their second division status.  

So how will he do in England?  Very difficult to say and it’s going to be a big culture shock for the lad, though apparently fellow Spanish speaking Colloccini will take him under his wing to help him settle.  If he can cope with the harsh winter weather in that part of the world, the robust nature of the Premier and the pressure, he really could be the ‘surprise package’ next season in England.

He is likely to get a good send off in his last game for CD Tenerife on May 31 at 6pm against promotion chasing Real Murcia.  Obviously it’s a shame to lose such a potential talent but if the money is used to strengthen the squad then we should have a better chance of promotion next time.  Mathematically the blanquiazules still have a slim chance of making the play-offs this season but it would take a bizarre set of results during the last two weeks for this to happen.


CD Tenerife 0 Cordoba 1

Sabadell 1 CD Tenerife 0

Back in April after achieving the desired survival mark of 54 points in superb fashion the blanquiazules thoughts turned to a possible play-off spot or even direct promotion.  But recent results have turned the dream into a near impossible task.  The matches have all been very tight 1-0 defeats with controversial refereeing decisions to boot but at the end of the day the story is that the team simply ran out of steam.  Against promotion chasing Cordoba the effort was there but as we have seen several times this season, when we have come up against these established well organised sides, we struggle.  Lopez Silva scored the only goal of the game for Cordoba after 17 minutes.  In the second half Tenerife attacked with a bit more bite, Ayoze hit the post but it wasn’t to be our day and the Cordobeses celebrated an important win.  It is CD Tenerife’s first year back in the 2nd Division, the squad is young and the only goal this time around was to retain their place in the league.  Overall the blanquiazules have done well, the only downside is seeing the team weaken just at the time when we needed that final push. Last Sunday the team travelled to Barcelona to face Sabadell, themselves involved in a late push for a play-off spot.  The Catalan side has been awesome on their own patch, recently winning their last seven on the trot and it was ‘Groundhog Day’ yet again for Tenerife.  The 1-0 defeat was their fifth in a row by that scoreline (not sure what the record is?) and again Tenerife should have had a penalty in their favour and the rival keeper sent off.  

Two matches left now, there is still a very slim chance of sneaking into the play-offs but it would take an incredible set of results, but who knows?

May 31 at 6pm; CD Tenerife vs Real Murcia and June 8: Sporting v CD Tenerife.

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