Newcastle United have endured a torrid start to the season. With no wins and just three points on the board, the pressure is mounting on manager Alan Pardew, who continues to be on the receiving end of fierce abuse from Magpies fans who want the former Southampton and West Ham United manager to be replaced.
Even after Monday's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City, Pardew remains in charge at St. James' Park. His side could only muster one shot on target in 90 minutes against the Potters, and their attacking woes at the Britannia Stadium were representative of their season.
New signing Emmanuel Riviere has yet to find the net since his summer move from Monaco, and whilst Papiss Cisse struck twice against Hull City, goals have been hard to come by for Pardew's men - they've scored just five season in six Premier League games.
With a trip to South Wales to take on fifth placed Swansea City coming up this weekend, Pardew is hanging by a thread on Tyneside, and desperately needs a result to relieve some of the pressure on him. That means taking some risks in order to generate some sort of momentum, and it looks as if he is set to take a big gamble on Saturday.
Spanish forward Ayoze Perez arrived in the North East from Tenerife this summer for £1.5m, but little was expected of the 21-year-old in his debut season in English football. He's played just 52 minutes so far, but could be thrown in for his first Premier League start against Swansea after impressing in a behind-closed-doors game this week.
Perez hit four goals in just 45 minutes in a 'bounce' game against Carlisle United in an 8-0 win, and that display as reportedly done enough to convince Pardew that he can be the man to provide a much-needed spark to the Newcastle attack - and a first start may well be on the cards, according to reports today.