Steve McClaren hails Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum

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Newcastle United duo Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez have helped the team move away from the drop-zone in recent weeks.

Steve McClaren has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United’s players need to follow the example set by Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Magpies have made a poor start to the 2015/16 campaign, but the performances of Perez and Wijnaldum have offered some encouragement.

The pair have been in excellent form over the early part of the season, and McClaren wants other members of his squad to meet the duo’s standards.

“One of the players that has come out is Ayo Perez,” McClaren said. “We have found a good little position and he’s thriving in it. He has came out of his shell.

“You go into any club and they will want a player who fans will want their name on the back of their shirt, they are heroes to the young fans. If we can get that it’s great.

“You look at Wijnaldum too, he’s another great example to follow. Ayo is similar.”

Perez scored the winner for Newcastle against Bournemouth in the side’s latest match, which took them out of the relegation zone.

Wijnaldum, meanwhile, has arguably been Newcastle’s most successful summer recruit – and he has already racked up six goals for the campaign.

The pair have helped McClaren’s side to start establishing some kind of form in recent weeks, as the side have moved away from trouble.

Newcastle are now two points clear of danger, and they will be eager to start putting even more daylight between themselves and the Premier League trapdoor in the coming weeks.

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