Alan Pardew keen to play down lofty comparisons of Ayoze Perez

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew feels the expectations being placed on in-form striker Ayoze Perez have been unfair, and has emphasised the need to let him develop, reports Sky Sports.

“At the moment, he’s fearless. He’s got the wind in his sails and is going along very nicely. He’s difficult to pin down, his movement is very clever. But 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. Ayoze is just setting foot in the Premier League, but he’s done really well so far. I’m pleased with him,” said Pardew.

Perez, 21, signed for the Magpies from Spanish side Tenerife in the summer, and was earmarked as a hot prospect. But inconsistent form and injuries to their attacking options say Perez come to the forefront very quickly. He took the chances given to him too, scoring three goals in his last three games, as United continued their surge up the table.

He bagged 16 goals in 34 games for Tenerife last season, and revealed he had snubbed interest from the likes of Real Madrid to play on Tyneside.

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