Alan Pardew has said on ESPN that as soon as Ayoze Perez arrived on Tyneside from Tenerife a year last June Newcastle coaches immediately realized he was special.
And while he was signed for the Development squad he went straight into the first team and last season – his first at the club – he played 39 times and scored 7 goals.
Ayoze has only just lost his starting position at Newcastle and he was unlucky that happened – but in 12 games this season he has three goals and is continuing to improve.
Ayoze Perez – a great signing for Newcastle
Perez at first found it physically tough in the Premier League, but he beefed himself up fairly quickly and he hasn’t had much trouble since with the very physical play in the English Premier League.
Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked to ESPN about the 22 year-old:
“He has a special quality that you don’t see in too many players and everyone at Newcastle could see that as soon as he arrived at the club.”
“We asked him to adapt to the pace of the Premier League very quickly as soon as he arrived at Newcastle and that wasn’t easy for him at the start.”
“He needed some time to appreciate what was needed in this league, but technique wise, he is top class.”
“He has improved in the Premier League now and that is good to see. We always knew there was a special player in there and I’m not surprised to see him doing well.”
Ayoze scored Newcastle’s goal of the season last year when he brilliantly back-heeled the ball into the net just before half time at West Brom.
There’s not too many players could score a goal like that.
Here it is.
Perez is one of the most exciting players at Newcastle and he loves it on Tyneside – we just hope we can keep him on Tyneside in the summer.