Newcastle star predicting 'big things' from Ayoze Perez

Mehdi Abeid has been impressed with Ayoze Perez since his transfer to Newcastle.

Perez has been a revelation since his arrival on Tyneside, scoring in three consecutive Premier League fixtures to take the Magpies within just two points of the top four.

Having struggled to settle in the early weeks following his move from Segunda Division side Tenerife - for whom he netted 16 goals in 34 appearances last term - the 21-year-old forward appears to be getting to grips with the Premier League, and he is showing the form that had a host of top clubs interested in his services, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto all said to be keen on signing the youngster.

His prominence in front of goal has been key in the Magpies storming up the league table, having started the season without a victory in their first seven games. A Gabriel Obertan goal gave the Toon their first victory of the season, before Perez scored winning goals against Tottenham and Liverpool, capping off his month with the opening goal in their 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

At the age of just 21, Perez - who missed out on his second call-up to the Spanish Under-21 side this month - still has time to improve, and Newcastle teammate Mehdi Abeid - himself a key part in the Toon’s seasonal turnaround - is predicting Perez to become a ‘big player’ at St James’ Park.

Speaking to the Chronicle, 22-year-old Abeid said: “He’s good, he is scoring for us, it is what we’re asking from him. We’re really pleased with what he’s doing and he helping us a lot.

“We always knew he is a very good player, we are really happy for him and I hope he will score a lot more for us.

“He could be a big player for us. He needs to score, he is very technical, a very good player, and we know he can do big things for us.

“It was really technical and we can see in training he has some great skills and he showed that on Sunday. If he continues like this he can be a big player for us.”

Perez will be looking to continue his remarkable goalscoring feats when the Premier League returns in a fortnight, with Newcastle hosting QPR on November 22.

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