Steven Taylor: Lukaku is an 'absolute beast' - but we have Ayoze Perez

The Newcastle defender has heaped praise on Everton star Romelu Lukaku but also rates a team-mate of his own highly.

Newcastle United centre-back Steven Taylor admits the Magpies need to be wary of Everton's threat going forward when they host the Toffees later today.

And Taylor has singled out Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley in particular - two talented young members of Roberto Martinez's side.

“He is an absolute beast - a top player,” the Newcastle defender is quoted as saying about Lukaku by the Shields Gazette.

“And they have players like [Ross] Barkley, another top player. They have good players left, right and centre that will hurt you if you give them time on the ball, so it’s up to us to stand up and put our head in the way.”

Taylor is less worried about Newcastle going forward, however, which is understandable considering Everton's defensive problems this season. His confidence, though, stems from Ayoze Perez's 'outstanding' display at Manchester United on Boxing Day.

“Ayo for me was outstanding," Taylor is quoted as saying by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“He really was causing so many problems and they can’t touch him. But for us he is the kind of guy who can change a game for us.

“We just have to rely on him now for the next game. Hopefully he can do the magic for us.”

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