Las Palmas' on loan star Sergio Araujo - the next Ayoze Perez?

Spanish Fans

The Boca Juniors-owned striker has been scoring for fun in the Segunda Division in Spain – so should the likes of Newcastle United be taking a look?

The success of €2 million summer arrival Ayoze Perez at St James’ Park will have surprised and delight the fans and owners of Newcastle United alike.

A goalscorer in crucial wins against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks, the 21-year-old came to the club with a pedigree for scoring goals in the Spanish second tier with Tenerife.

All told the young Spaniard found the net 16 times in 34 Segunda Division outings last term to alert the likes of Newcastle United and Porto to his ability.

But with the Toon still all too reliant on the youngster alongside the often injured Papiss Cisse and the inconsistent Emmanuel Riviere, the club remains on the lookout for another goalscorer, with Facundo Ferreyra yet to hit the mark for the club.

And while it would be tempting for fans to dream of Newcastle shelling out £16 million to finally land Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, a cheaper and similarly prolific option may be available once again in Spain’s second tier.

Top of the standings and on course for promotion back to La Liga, the cornerstone of Las Palmas’ success to date has been the goals of loan signing Sergio Araujo.

An Argentina under-23 international, the 22-year-old has spent time on loan at Barcelona, with the Catalan club previously tracking the South American, who played 34 times scoring seven goals for the B side before they opted against a permanent deal.

But Barcelona’s loss could be Newcastle’s gain with the forward finding his feet with Las Palmas, scoring nine goals in his first 11 games for the Spanish side.

Skilful on the ball and confident with both feet, Araujo’s versatility means he can play in either a central role or on either the left or right wing.

Potentially available from Boca come January, the promising young striker could prove to be one of the bargains of the season, should the Toon opt to take a look.

The only potential drawback to any deal could be concerns over a lack of discipline, with Araujo previously red-carded for Argentina during the semi-finals of the Pan American Games back in 2011.

But with the forward finding the net regularly and offering the club a chance to invest in a young striker with plenty of sell-on potential – either Newcastle or another Premier League side keen to find the next Ayoze Perez could take a closer look.

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