Newcastle boss reveals two key areas in which Ayoze Perez must improve

Newcastle United

Alan Pardew is keen to see Ayoze Perez improve having scored two goals in two games.

The 21-year-old forward opened his goalscoring account for the Magpies last week, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 comeback victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

He then built upon his tally with another winning strike, netting the only goal of the game on Saturday as the club defeated Liverpool to move five points clear of the relegation places. His dream week with the Toon was also capped back in his native Spain, where he was named Breakthrough Player of the 2013/14 Segunda Division and Best Attacking Midfielder of the 2013/14 Segunda Division for his exploits with Tenerife last season.

With his hometown club, Perez netted 16 goals in 34 games as Tenerife avoided relegation by four points in an incredibly close league, and it was form for the Spanish club that had Everton and Swansea also reportedly tracking the forward, whilst Porto were said to be keen on the youngster as well.

With the Under-21 international’s form cause for much praise at St James’ Park, head coach Alan Pardew believes that it is Perez’s optimism in front of goal that makes him such a good goalscorer.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew said: “He is one of those players that just takes a chance.

“Some people don’t think like that.

“He has that optimism that something is going to fall for him.”

However, Pardew did suggest that Perez is still not the finished article, claiming that there are still two key areas in which the youngster must improve to become a truly talented player.

"His hold up play and general strength really isn’t there at the moment,” the 53-year-old coach added.

“He’s just got that little knack and it’s a lovely knack to have.”

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