But goals do far too little to explain the impact the 27-year-old has had on the team. Perez is one of the rare breeds who combines effort and workrate with talent and ability. He’s incredibly likable, and in an age where most players have simply become mercenaries, he embodies the vitality of the city and a club that’s looking to reclaim the glory of old.
Perez and Nolito of rival Celta Vigo have been the best Spanish strikers in the league . As a result he’s beginning to pop up on the radar of European giants. Just yesterday rumors emerged that Arsene Wenger, reportedly impressed with Perez’s talent, is looking to bring him to Arsenal in the upcoming January window. There have even been numerous calls for Vicente Del Bosque to take him to next year’s European Championships. Perez has never been capped, and it’s unlikely Del Bosque, never one for experimentation, brings someone new into the fray so close to 2016. Besides, one gets the sense that Perez’s playing for his childhood club is already a dream come true.
Deportivo may struggle to ever reach the heights of old but there is a renewed sense of optimism at the Riazor. They’ve started well, but their longevity will be the true test. Still for 90 minutes last weekend, we saw a brief glimpse of “Super Depor” once again.
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