This recent Newcastle signing is most exciting player since Cabaye and Remy, says Pardew

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has heaped praise on Ayoze Perez.

It may have taken Newcastle until the middle of October to claim their first win of the season amidst protests over Alan Pardew's future at St. James' Park, but that vitriolic atmopshere has disappeared in recent weeks.

The win against Leicester City has sparked a stunning revival for the Magpies, with Pardew guiding the Magpies to wins over Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool in all competitions.

On Sunday, he took his buoyant Newcastle side to West Bromwich Albion in search of a fifth win in a row - and they got it; comfortably.

Goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabrizio Coloccini gave them a 2-0 win at The Hawthorns, taking Newcastle up into eighth place in the Premier League table - just two points off a top four spot.

That is a remarkable turnaround given the nasty scenes we saw in Newcastle's early season woes, and Pardew has heaped praise on striker Perez.

The 21-year-old joined from Tenerife in the summer despite interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and opened his account against Tottenham before also scoring the winner against Liverpool last weekend.

Fans have taken to the Spaniard very quickly, and Pardew says that he's Newcastle's most exciting signing since Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy.

"I am getting really buoyed by the younger players in this squad," said Pardew. "The senior professionals have been outstanding too, but the younger ones like Perez are giving us a real excitement that we have not had since Cabaye and Loic Remy were here.

"We scouted Ayoze all through his year at Tenerife, and he was being courted by some big clubs - in particular Porto and they don't sign anyone unless he's a good player."

"I think when it came to it that he just loved the way we were determined to bring him here. The chance to play in front of 54,000 Newcastle fans every week and for the third best supported club in the country is a big magnet for any young player," he added.

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