Newcastle ace Ayoze Perez celebrates 'amazing year', but what is his future under McClaren?

Ayoze Perez

Spanish forward Ayoze Perez made his Newcastle debut a year ago.

Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has taken to Twitter this evening to celebrate a year to the day since he made his Premier League debut for the Magpies.

Perez, 22, joined Newcastle from Tenerife last summer having impressed in Spain, hitting 16 goals in the 2013-14 season before his move to Tyneside.

Last season, Perez hit seven Premier goals in 36 games, including a superb backheel against West Brom, in a promising debut campaign in English football.

Now, a year after facing Manchester City as a late substitute, Perez has reflected on an 'amazing year' in a post on Twitter today.

Perez may have enjoyed his first year or so with Newcastle, but these are uncertain times for the Spaniard given his start to the season.

New manager Steve McClaren has named Perez on the bench in both Premier League games so far, and hasn't even brought him on to the field of play.

With new signings Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum competing for positions with Perez - along with imminent new signing Florian Thauvin, according to The Guardian - Perez is slipping down the pecking order at St. James' Park, and some may argue unfairly.

During the darkest days of last season, Perez was the spark that ignited the Magpies faithful, and his creativity gave Newcastle hope of turning things around.

Perez deserves a chance to play under McClaren, and his movement combined with the physical prowess of Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack could hand Newcastle a dynamic duo - but McClaren must first give Perez an opportunity rather than leaving him on the bench.

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