Newcastle favourite is not the new Shearer, insists Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew insists that Ayoze Perez is far from the finished article.

Perez has risen to prominence in the last few weeks, with his three goals in three Premier League games lifting Newcastle into the top half of the table.

Having netted the winner in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the former Tenerife man registered his second of the season in the win over Liverpool - coming on as a half-time substitute to clinch an impressive victory for the Magpies.

Continuing his run of goalscoring form against West Bromwich Albion prior to the international break, the Spanish Under-21 international netted a well-worked back-heel to open the scoring in the 2-0 win that took the Magpies to just two points off the top four.

His remarkable form has made him something of a fan favourite at St James’ Park, and the forward - who was linked with moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto before settling on Tyneside - has been favourably compared to the likes of Alan Shearer and Andy Cole - themselves legends in Newcastle.

Whilst Perez’s goalscoring certainly hints at an ability to become the next great goalscorer to wear the black-and-white stripes, he is far from being one of the players who scored a combined 203 Premier League goals between them in the 1990’s and 2000’s, and Alan Pardew is keen on the forward remaining grounded - so he can continue to improve.

Speaking to the Chronicle, the 53-year-old coach said: “At the moment he’s fearless. He’s got the wind in his sails and is going along very nicely. He’s been very sharp in training.

“But he is a young player. Some of the headlines have been way off the mark – the new Alan Shearer, the new Andy Cole. This is a boy who has played three games.

“Those players are legends and have done it all. Ayoze is just setting foot in the Premier League, but I have to say he’s done really well so far. I’m pleased with him.”

Perez will be hoping to win his third Premier League start of the season this weekend, with QPR the next team attempting to stop the young Spaniard from finding the back of the net.

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