Michael Owen raves about Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez

Michael Owen

Ayoze Perez came on as a substitute for Newcastle United against Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez on BT Sport.

Perez joined Premier League outfit Newcastle from Spanish club Tenerife in the summer of 2014 and has established himself as an important player for the team.

The 21-year-old’s stats, though, are not great. The youngster has scored just five goals in 27 Premier League appearances so far this season, although he has created 17 chances for his teammates.

The Spaniard has a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 55%, and has won 42% of the duels.

Perez did not start Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Newcastle and Manchester United at St. James’ Park, but he came on as a substitute just before the hour mark.

Former Newcastle and United striker Owen was co-commentating on the game for BT Sport, and spoke of his admiration for Perez.

“I liked him from the first minute I saw,” the 35-year-old told BT Sport during the commentary. “Yeah he is young and he does not score too many goals, but I think he has got loads of potential, I really do.

“I love his work rate, his strength, he runs all day, can score a goal, and I think he can develop into a nice little player.”

Perez is indeed very talented, and gave a good account of himself against United, taking one shot, having a pass accuracy of 71%, creating two chances and making one interception.

However, Perez does need to add goals to his game. The Spaniard is a forward, and he must score goals in order to make a name for himself.

Of course, Perez is only 21 years of age and has been playing in the Premier League for less than a year, but next season he should be looking to score 10 to 15 goals in the league.

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