Ayoze Perez on what Newcastle must now take advantage of

The Spaniard feels his blossoming partnership with Aleksandar Mitrovic is key to improving results.

Newcastle United attacker Ayoze Perez has talked up his strike partner Aleksandar Mitrovic to the Chronicle and suggested the two should be partnered together in future.

“We felt comfortable together… Mitro and me worked closely together,” he told the Chronicle.

“With balls like Vurnon’s into the box we will score many goals.”

“He’s a really good player….We have a good connection with each other - we have to take advantage of it.”

The return of the Serbian to the Magpies’ starting line-up certainly gave the side fresh impetus against the champions and Perez was also constant thorn in the Blues' side.

His sublime goal in the first half gave Newcastle the advantage and highlighted the quality he possesses in the penalty area.

Mitrovic meanwhile, complemented his nippy partner well, with his powerful presence keeping the Blues backline well occupied throughout.

A powerful header could have sneaked in on another day and the added dimension he gives to Steve McClaren’s side cannot be understated.

Keeping the two strikers playing together now falls to the Newcastle boss and while their inclusion in the side may leave it less defensively secure than he would like, the rewards of Perez and 'Mitro' establishing a partnership makes it well worth the risk.

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