Newcastle signing shuns comparisons to former club star

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez is eager to create his own legacy at St James' Park.

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez wants to make a name for himself in the Premier League, rather than be labelled as Loic Remy’s successor on Tyneside.

The 21-year-old Spaniard netted his first top-flight goal on his full debut in Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur, leading some to hail him the long-term answer to the club’s recent scoring problems.

Arriving from Spanish second-tier side Tenerife in June for around €2 million, Alan Pardew has handled the under-21 international’s development with care so far but, with Pappis Cisse struggling with injuries and Emmanuel Riviere failing to make the desired impact, an extended run in the first-team could be forthcoming.

After the departed Remy scored 14 times on loan last season, fans will be hoping that the youngster can produce similar results moving forward, but he stresses that comparisons to the now-Chelsea striker are somewhat misguided.

‘I don't think it is appropriate to compare me with him,’ he said in an interview with IBTimes UK.

‘We have different qualities and everyone does his own job. But what I hope [as does Remy] is to thrive at this great club.'

 Vs Tottenham GoalsTotal ShotsOntarget ShotsKey PassesTotal PassesPass AccTouchesDispossessedMins
Ayoze Pérez 1 1 1 0 18 55.56% 31 1 79

Perez added that he's loved his time at Newcastle so far but, after making a handful of cameo appearances over the opening months of the season, is eager to earn more starts in the coming weeks.

‘Every time I play, I tried to give the most of me. I'm preparing to be ready to play and then the coach decides,’ he said.

‘It was incredible to score my first goal for Newcastle. Everything went well. I cannot ask for more. I am very happy for the goal but especially for the team's victory. The manager has congratulated me for it.

‘People are helping me to adapt with the language limitations. And I have already learned a bit of English so I will keep improving. My teammates have welcomed me very well.’

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