Lucas Perez made it 10 goal contributions in nine games for Deportivo Alaves with a goal against Real Madrid on Saturday.
Perez joined Alaves from West Ham United over the summer, and it took him a while to get going. In his first six games, the striker didn’t contribute a single goal or assist, and Alaves dropped down into 17th place.
Since then, however, Perez has come to life. He had scored in seven consecutive league games before that run came to an end in a win over Eibar, but he was back on the scoresheet this weekend with a penalty against Real Madrid.
Perez’s current total of eight league goals is actually as many as he’s scored in any season since joining Arsenal in 2016, so it’s fair to say this is his best form in a long while.
That being said, Alaves’ ability to win penalties has certainly helped that cause. Half of Perez’s goals have come from the spot so far. The 31-year-old has converted all four penalties they’ve won, so he does deserve credit for that.
Still, perhaps he needs to get a few more from open play to really make a statement to the trio of clubs (Arsenal, Deportivo La Coruna and West Ham) he’s left behind in the last three years.