Ayoze Perez must deliver amid competition for places at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks with Ayoze Perez as Aleksandar Mitrovic prepares to come on as a substitute

After a couple of difficult campaigns at Newcastle United, Ayoze Perez must again show his class in the Premier League.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez in action with Swansea's Matt Grimes (L) and Ashley Williams

Ayoze Perez enjoyed a dazzling first season at Newcastle United in a struggling team in the 2014-15 season.

Although the Magpies only stayed up on the final day of the Premier League season, Perez's first campaign in England went down as a success, bamboozling defences and netting memorable winners against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

But the Spaniard's second year was tougher, with Newcastle relegated, and he then made a slow start to the Championship season and saw Mo Diame and Dwight Gayle preferred in attacking areas.

Perez struggles for being neither a true centre forward nor a creative midfielder, while he is not suited to the wing, but he ended the season in fine form and fired Newcastle to promotion.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal

His task will be even tougher in the coming campaign, though, with Siem de Jong potentially returning and Newcastle linked with moves for Tom Cairney - in the Telegraph - and Ryad Boudebouz - in Le Buteur.

Perez, now improbably one of Newcastle's longest-serving players, is easily forgotten about in debates regarding potential line-ups and targets for the new season, so he must once again make his mark on Tyneside and show the talent that thrilled fans when he first arrived on these shores.

If he can finally fulfil his potential, Newcastle could have a very exciting player on their hands.

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his teams second goal

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