Ayoze Perez was named the outstanding young player in the North East in 2015.
The young Spanish forward was awarded the honour for 2015 after breaking through to the Newcastle first-team last season and continuing his progress into the current campaign.
He is one of only a few players who can come out with any credit at St. James’ Park this season, scoring three goals and adding another two assists in ten Premier League matches.
His burgeoning reputation is fully just, and his comments on winning the award show an incredible amount of maturity for a player still relatively new to Premier League football.
“Things have gone very well for me at Newcastle so far and I am really happy to get my award. It is a big pleasure for me. If I get this, it is because I have done something well,” he explained.
Perez joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014 for a £1.6 million fee, as reported by the Daily Mail, a price which is now considered a real bargain when taking into account his impact on Tyneside.
His rise to prominence in the North East hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the Guardian reporting interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
However, in spite of Newcastle’s precarious position, St. James’ Park is arguably the best place for Perez right now as regular first-team football will undoubtedly aid his development.
Steve McClaren is an avid supporter of the forward, and the former Derby County boss will be pinning his hopes on the Spaniard helping Newcastle preserve their Premier League status come next May.