Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has told the Shields Gazette that he wasn't expecting to adapt to English football so quickly.
Perez joined Newcastle from Tenerife as a relative unknown last summer, but he has already become one of the club's most exciting prospects and says that his first season on Tyneside has gone better than he could have predicted.
“I didn’t expect to adapt to English football so quickly, but I think I did adapt,” he said. “Literally, I achieved all my goals. It was beyond my expectations, so I’m very, very happy.”
It is no surprise that Perez has enjoyed this season so much, as he has been able to make the step-up with consummate ease.
So many high-profile strikers have struggled to adapt to Premier League football, but Perez seems perfectly suited to playing in England's top-tier.
The Spaniard has made 39 appearances for Newcastle this term, scoring seven goals in the process and becoming one of their most threatening attacking players.
The Magpies will now be hoping that Perez can progress even further next year, when they will be looking to make improvements as a collective.
Newcastle struggled against to beat the drop this season, but they will be aiming to piece together a much stronger showing next time around and Perez's goals will be crucial to their cause.