Ayoze Perez determined to avoid second season syndrome with Newcastle

The 22-year old is looking to build on an impressive first year on Tyneside.

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has expressed his determination to ensure that he doesn’t fall foul of second season syndrome, in quotes published by the Shields Gazette.

The 22-year old burst onto the scene last season after an injury crisis accelerated his progress to the first-team, and he hasn’t looked back since.

The nippy Spaniard scored against Tottenham Hotspur in his first start for the club and went on to score seven goals in the Premier League.

“I have to prove myself and get better,” said Ayoze.

“Sometimes in the second season it’s harder. Last season I did well, and I now have to keep the standard. As a striker, I have to score goals and make chances for the team. I’m working to do that.”

He grabbed his first goal of this campaign against Chelsea at the weekend, in what was an encouraging team performance from the Magpies.

Steve McClaren started the season with Papisse Cisse as the focal point in his side, but his poor form and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s return from suspension meant Ayoze was partnered with the Serbian in an attacking line-up.

The young strikers demonstrated the beginnings of an effective partnership and are likely to retain their places for this weekend’s trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City.

Perez is one of the brightest talents at the club and his development, along with the likes of Rolando Aarons and Chancel Mbemba, will be vital if the Magpies are to progress.

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