Ex-Newcastle fans' favourite: I feel sorry for this off-form Magpies star

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez has been supported by Noberto Solano.

Former Newcastle United star Noberto Solano has told the Chronicle that he feels sorry for Ayoze Perez.

Perez has had an impressive breakthrough season in England, but his form has slowed down more recently and Solano has sympathy for the Spaniard.

The ex-Peru international says that Perez needs to have a partner to work alongside and that the isolated role John Carver is giving him has clearly impacted negatively on his form.

"I feel sorry for Ayoze Perez, he is being pitched in as the lone striker and he’s still learning about the Premier League," he said.

"He needed a strike partner against Sunderland and had to deal with loads of long balls. He had no chance."

Perez started the season in blistering form for Newcastle, with his displays earning him widespread praise, but those standards have not been maintained.

Perez has not scored since the turn of the year, but he is one of the few Newcastle players who have not received too much criticism.

While some members of the squad have been accused of lacking character of late, Perez's problems are widely regarded as a direct result of the tactics that Carver is currently utilising.

The hope will be that this bad spell does not do the striker too much harm, as there is still great excitement about his future at St. James' Park and at the age of 21 he appears to have all of the the attributes required to become a star.

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