Immensely talented Ayoze Perez struggles to shine for Newcastle

Newcastle United forward was substituted after 70 minutes at the weekend.

Ayoze Perez was back in Newcastle United's starting line-up at the weekend, but could do little to influence the game in his side''s favour.

The Toon lost 3-1 away to Southampton, left with an uphill task after conceding as early as the fourth minute.

Ronald Koeman's side can be tough to break down at the best of times, let alone for a team like Newcastle who have been struggling for confidence.

Perez, 22, struggled to get into the game, attempting two shots, only one of which was on target, and lost possession nine times, and failing to create a single chance for a teammate.

The Spaniard is highly regarded, particularly in his homeland, but time is running out for him to rescue Newcastle's season.

His winning goal against Tottenham back in December seems like a long time ago at this point, and he has scored only two league goals for Newcastle since then, with an overall record of six in 29 appearances.

The youngster would likely flourish in a team without as much pressure and with more quality around him, but Perez has been dragged down by the team's current struggles.

Newcastle would have a real battle on their hands to hang onto him if they suffer relegation into the Championship, but if there is to be a real clamour for his services, Perez probably needs to contribute a bit more than he did at the weekend, substituted after 70 minutes by Rafa Benitez.

GoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTotal Scoring AttOn Target Shooting AccuracyPoss Lost AllBall RecoveryMins Played
Ayoze PĂ©rez000250%9370

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