'He’s a smashing player' - Pardew delighted with summer signing Ayoze Perez

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has commented on the form of Ayoze Perez so far this season.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Ayoze Perez is a brilliant addition to the team. 

The Spaniard arrived at St. James' Park this summer, after signing from Tenerife, and has made a huge impact on Tyneside. 

Perez has scored three times in the last four fixtures, with the striker showing his finishing prowess, and Pardew feels that this highlights his ability. 

"He’s a smashing player and is low maintenance," Pardew said to the Mirror. "We’re enjoying him on the training ground.

"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."

The 21-year-old's good form has meant that comparisons have been made with former club legends - and he has even taken on Andy Cole's former song - but Pardew does feel it is too early for this. 

“He is a young player. Some of the comparisons have been way off the mark – the new Alan Shearer, the new Andy Cole,” Pardew said. 

“Those players are legends and have done it all.”

Despite Pardew's caution over his new striking addition, there is still great excitement about his future in the North East.

Perez's ability has been the catalyst in the Magpies remarkable turnaround and for that he deserves major credit. 

Newcastle have now won their last six games in all competitions and dispatched with Queens Park Rangers yesterday to elevate themselves to fifth in the Premier League table. 

It is a brilliant run of form, which has seen talk of a top-six finish emerge, and Perez's form is likely to be one of the key areas which defines whether they are successful in gaining the European spot they are aiming for. 

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