What next for Ayoze Perez after Newcastle sign Aleksandar Mitrovic?

Newcastle may have signed one talented striker, but this leave Ayoze Perez in limbo.

Perez was one of few highlights to come from Newcastle’s dreadful 2014/15 campaign, with his seven goals in 39 games showing the Spaniard had a real talent and potential.

He earned his first Under-21 international caps with Spain, and after arriving from Segunda Division club Tenerife, it appeared as if the Magpies had pulled off one of the signings of the summer by clinching Perez’s signature.

He was frequently deployed as a lone striker, and the youngster’s game developed impressively over the course of the season, becoming a well rounded forward able to hold the ball up, create chances, and find the back of the net.

Considering his breakthrough season, many would have expected Perez to continue his impressive development this coming campaign, and claim his place as the starting striker in Steve McClaren’s 4-2-3-1 system.

However, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been signed by the Magpies, and he is bound to take the starting striker role due to his price tag, reputation, and obvious goalscoring ability.

But this begs the question - what now for Perez in the 2015/16 season?

He could be used as a back-up striker to Mitrovic, but at his young age, the club would rue leaving him on the bench to stall his development.

The Spaniard is also able to play anywhere across the three attackers behind the main striker, meaning he is versatile in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

However, he is not as fast as the likes of Rolando Aarons or Moussa Sissoko - so playing out on the wing seems strange - whilst he is also not as creative as Siem de Jong, who really should be the starting number 10.

The signing of Georginio Wijnaldum also creates another issue, as although he can play in one of the double-pivot positions, utilising his attacking threat from deep, his goalscoring abilities are wasted if not placed near the opposition penalty area.

Perez is a player with real talent, and the Newcastle fans took to him last term after a number of impressive displays.

However, the 2015/16 campaign could prove troublesome to his career, and Steve McClaren will have to ensure that Perez has a consistent first-team role that plays to his strengths.

Otherwise, the Magpies risk wasting the talents of a player who looks as if he could become one of the best players in the Premier League.

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