Newcastle United are in the midst of an impressive run of form.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks with Ayoze Perez
During an interview with the Shields Gazette, Magpies striker Ayoze Perez explained how difficult the Championship was for him and his teammates to acclimatise to, and suggested it is more difficult than the Premier League.
Newcastle are now in a dominant position at the top of the table, and currently hold a five point lead over second placed Brighton & Hove Albion, after embarking on a run that has seen them win eight consecutive league games.
And Perez spoke to the Shields Gazette about how challenging the Championship as proven to be, highlighting his side's struggle to adapt during the early stages of the season:
“It was a big change for me. It was really tough. It’s physically harder, and you have to adapt. It took a few games, but at the minute we are doing really well. We have adapted to the league. We have to keep pushing. In this league, you might have to play quicker, smarter. I’m really enjoying the Championship. It’s really tough – harder than the Premier League – but it’s a great experience."
Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates
The 23-year-old Spaniard moved to St James' Park in the summer of 2014 from Tenerife, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1 million, and has gone on to score 20 goals in 92 outings for Newcastle.
He has struggled for starts this season, however, making just nine from the Magpies' opening 17 Championship games, and that just goes to show the strength in depth that Rafa Benitez has at his disposal.
Next up for Newcastle is a home game against Championship strugglers Blackburn Rivers on Saturday.
Newcastle's Ayoze Perez in action