One goal from one attempt but Newcastle man has areas to improve

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Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez impressed against Tottenham Hotspur but he has plenty of work to do in the weeks and months ahead.

Ayoze Perez had a first Premier League start to remember on Sunday, scoring the winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.  But while it may be deemed pointless or unfair to consider the Newcastle United player's weaknesses in the afterglow of such a great achievement, his performance against Spurs did highlight things to work on.

Scoring from your only shot is a great achievement, but when you are a forward and play for 79 minutes, you would be expected to have more than a single goal attempt.

On this occasion that made no difference for Newcastle, but there will be times when Perez's first attempt does not go in and that is when he will need to be persistent - perhaps not to the degree of Mario Balotelli, who fires them in left, right and centre but rarely finds the net, yet certainly more than once a match.

The Newcastle youngster also had a passing accuracy of just 56.25 per cent and ensuring effective distribution of the ball is something that will come with time.  When goal-scorers do not score, or at least try to, it is important they maintain possession and against Tottenham Perez did not do that nearly enough.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttemptsOn-target Scoring AttemptsKey PassesPass AccuracyTouchesDribblesMins
Ayoze Pérez 1 1 1 0 56.25 31 2 79

To be honest Perez will not care a jot about what he did not do as well this weekend and rightly so.  Instead he will be reveling in a fairy-tale moment that he will want to replicate time and again during his spell at St James' Park.

But you can be sure Pardew will already be working on making him a better player; one who perhaps can lead the line for Newcastle for years to come.

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