Newcastle United star Ayoze Perez has told the Shields Gazette that he feels he’s got plenty to work on as he looks to become a better player.
Perez appears determined to build on last season, with the Magpies only escaping relegation into the Championship on the final day of the campaign, with a win against West Ham.
He’s now hopeful that he can have more of a say in the Premier League with the club, under the guidance of a new manager in the form of Steve McClaren.
“There’s a lot that I need to improve, but overall I feel that I have grasped the way football is played in England,” he said.
“Hopefully, that improvement will help me through next season.”
Where can he improve?
He scored seven goals in the Premier League last season and if the Magpies are going to drastically progress next season, that figure needs to be into double figures.
McClaren will recognise his talent and has a responsibility to step in and find a way to improve the playmaker’s consistency.
The best approach for Perez could be to keep things simple by playing sensible passes around midfield, with the occasional risk based on a good run with an attacking player ahead of him.
What can McClaren do to get more out of him?
McClaren has to try and inject some positivity and a bit of belief into the football club.
If he can remove the fear from Perez’s game, that will give him a greater sense of freedom and he can play to his stronger assets.
It’s important McClaren adopts that approach because Perez and other Newcastle players were subjected to criticism on a weekly basis towards the end of last season.