Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez: I have to improve in key area

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Ayoze Perez has been a revelation since his transfer to Newcastle United.

Perez started his season in slow style, before a run of three goals in three games helped move the Magpies into the top five of the Premier League table.

The former Tenerife striker - who was wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto before settling on Tyneside - netted his first goal in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, before scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool. He continued his impressive run in front of goal with the opening strike in the Magpies’ 2-0 win over West Brom prior to the international break.

His form has coincided with an upturn in fortunes at St James’ Park, and the increased optimism shown by the Toon faithful has helped Perez endear himself to the Tyneside crowds. Whilst comparisons with Alan Shearer and Andy Cole are far off the mark - considering the 21-year-old is still something of a rough prospect - the youngster is keen to keep improving, and he may one day be having the same impact at St James’ Park as the former duo.

The best trait that Perez is showing is that he is aware where he needs to improve, and he told the Chronicle that he is making an effort to build his physical stature, knowing that it will benefit him in the future.

“I am aware I still have a lot to improve on,” the Spanish Under-21 forward said. “But I am happy with my integration in the team and the English game so far.

“I know I am smaller than a lot of players and that I have to improve physically but I enjoy going to the gym and training on my own because I can see the benefits of it further down the line.

“I know my own ability and what I can achieve."

Newcastle fans will be keen to see Perez have a continuing impact this weekend, with the Magpies looking to move into the top four with a victory over fellow high-flyers West Ham.

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