Ayoze Perez reminds me of former Liverpool star, says Newcastle hero

Michael Owen

Nobby Solano believes that Ayoze Perez shows similarities with a young Michael Owen.

Perez has been a key factor of Newcastle’s upturn in form in recent weeks, scoring three goals in his last three games to move the Magpies into the top half of the Premier League table.

Winning goals against Tottenham and Liverpool, and the opening strike against West Brow at the weekend, have continued the Magpies winning run to four straight league games - five in all competitions - and they sit just two points off the top four.

Perez, who won several awards for his performances in the Spanish Segunda Division last season, scored 16 goals in 34 games for Tenerife, and it was his form with the club that had Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto all reportedly tracking the 21-year-old.

However, he switched to Tyneside, and his goalscoring exploits have made him an instant fan favourite, with his technique in front of goal a joy to behold. Whilst manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he still needs to improve his game in a number of areas, Perez is a natural goalscorer, and club legend Nobby Solano believes that he shows similarities with a former Newcastle striker.

Writing in the Chronicle, Solano - who spent eight years at St James’ Park - compared the twice-capped Spanish Under-21 international with Michael Owen, who himself spent a two-year spell with the Toon alongside Solano.

The former Peruvian international midfielder said: “Perez has been a key player in the last two or three games.

“For me he is a typical poacher and you always want somebody like him in the team.

“He can sniff out a goal or even a chance.

“I wouldn’t say he will go on to be as successful but his style of play does remind me of a young Michael Owen. He’s small and he can see goals coming.”

Owen is the seventh highest Premier League goalscorer of all time, having netted 150 goals over his career, most of them with Liverpool and Newcastle. If Perez has the same impact as Owen did during his playing career, then the Magpies may just have the greatest goalscorer of the generation on their books.

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