Newcastle United manager John Carver’s comments in the Chronicle suggest he deserves a pat on the back for making the right call over key attacker Ayoze Perez.
The boss has admitted there was a slight fitness concern over the 21-year-old, but the club appear to have dealt with the issue he was facing perfectly.
“He’s definitely played more games that I thought he would and he thought and everybody else thought,” said Carver.
“The good thing is, we gave him a few days off to recharge his batteries after the Palace game - the stats are telling me that he’s fresh and ready to go again.”
The comments suggest worry on the part of the club’s manager that Newcastle had started to ask too much of the youngsters.
It’s always a risk over playing younger players because physically, they aren’t as developed as more experienced players.
However, Carver appears to have applied common sense to the situation which makes Perez an important player looking ahead to the game against Manchester City this weekend.
The issue of fatigue and burnout is common at clubs all over the country but it’s an area, which Newcastle don’t look like they’ll allow to grow into a serious problem.
Fortunately for the Magpies, they didn’t have a game last weekend, which provided more room for the manager to give Perez some time off.
The comments suggest that regardless of the player in question, when they enter the red zone in terms of their fitness, they’ll be whipped out of the team and rested, which is the right call.