Young starlet Ayoze Perez spent seven years in the CD Tenerife youth system before getting the call-up to the B squad, and he impressed immediately.
Even now, three years later, players, coaches and fans have noticed his abilities at Newcastle, as the forward has scored three goals in the past three matches, and two of the contests were one goal victories against Liverpool and Tottenham.
To give you a greater idea of his huge upside and already apparent capabilities, both Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in signing him this summer. But Perez, striking a deal with the English club in June, felt more valued with the Toons and certainly wasn’t against playing in the competitive Premier League.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who’s glad to have a nice five-game unbeaten stretch, had all the praise in the world for the Perez, and is certain upcoming opponent QPR will keep the Spaniard in their sights.
“At the moment, he’s fearless. He’s got the wind in his sails and is going along very nicely. He’s been very sharp in training. He’s a threat. If you take your eye off him, he’s a predator. I’m sure QPR will be having conversations of how to look after him. He’s difficult to pin down, his movement is very clever.”
Nevertheless, Pardew was quick to quell views that Perez measures up to some of Newcastle’s best footballers. It’s only been a few weeks, and consistency over a larger time frame decides the true nature of a footballer, the former Southampton head man believes.
“He is a young player. Some of the headlines have been way off the mark – the new Alan Shearer, the new Andy Cole.This is a boy who has played three games. Those players are legends and have done it all. Ayoze is just setting foot in the Premier League.”