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Newcastle United hitman Ayoze Perez has been impressing at St James’ Park ever since his £1m move from Tenerife in June 2014.

Perez has become a real fans favourite amongst the Toon Army, and the 22-year-old has all the makings of becoming a major star not only at Newcastle, but in the Premier League, also.

 

Quickly settled-in and in top form

You could’ve forgiven the Magpies supporters for not getting too excited about a small-money signing from the Spanish second tier when Ayoze Perez first arrived on the scene in Tyneside. However, it didn’t take the Spain U21 international too long to settle into his new surroundings and start wowing the Newcastle faithful.

The striker hit seven Premier League goals in his first season at St James’ Park, including winners in consecutive matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

This season, Perez has started to strike up an excellent understanding with Newcastle’s £14.5m summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic. It may have taken the pair a few matches to really start getting used to each other styles – but after already netting seven league goals between them, including the goals in the Magpies’ huge 2-1 away win at Spurs on the weekend, they certainly understand each other now.

 

Important goal

Perez’s winner at White Hart Lane earned Steve McClaren his first back-to-back wins as Newcastle boss, taking an awful lot of pressure off the former England manager in the process. The victory at Tottenham lifted them up to 15th in the Premier League table, two points away from the drop zone.

The Geordies are by no means out of the relegation scrap, and McClaren will know as well as anyone that his side still have an awful lot of work to do.

Nevertheless, with the strike paring of Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic flourishing so well, coupled with Georginio Wijnaldum’s superb goal threat, Newcastle certainly have the players capable of dragging themselves away from danger.

 

Interest in his services

Perez, who is a reported January target for Spurs and Manchester United, has all the makings of becoming a top striker at Newcastle United – and it’s imperative that the club fend off the interest and tie him down at St James’ Park for the foreseeable future.

 

Written by Gareth Hinton

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