Andy Townsend praises Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez

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Ayoze Perez has made 17 Premier League starts for Newcastle United so far this season.

Andy Townsend has told BBC Radio Five Live Programme ‘The Monday Night Club’ that Newcastle United should be starting Ayoze Perez every week.

The Magpies have struggled to find a potent striker all campaign, with the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere all failing to hit the back of the net with any regularity.

However, Townsend feels that Perez does have the capabilities to lead the line at St. James’ Park, and he argues that the 22-year-old should have been utilised more often.

"The only one I see at Newcastle who I think might get them a goal is Ayoze Perez," Townsend said. "He’s the only player I look at at Newcastle, and think ‘he’s a handful, this kid’.

"He doesn’t seem to be massive affectedly be what’s going on at the club. I really like that kid, I would play him every week."

Perez has played 25 times for Newcastle in the Premier League so far this season, but he has only made 17 starts.

When the Spaniard has been selected he has also had to play on the wing, rather than up front, on occasion.

Perez has still managed to net six times to date, and he is widely regarded as one of the most exciting talents in Newcastle’s squad.

Perez scored in Newcastle’s last match against Bournemouth, and he is likely to feature against Leicester City on Monday evening, as a result.

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