Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has conceded that young striker Ayoze Perez still has plenty to improve on despite making a strong start to life on Tyneside, reports the Newcastle
Perez arrived in the summer following an impressive season with Tenerife in the second tier of Spanish football – for which he recently received two awards at a ceremony. Despite that, French duo Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere were viewed by most as the club’s most notable acquisitions ahead of the current campaign.
However, he marked his full Premier League debut with the winning goal in the comeback victory at Tottenham, and on Saturday he came off the bench to dispossess Alberto Moreno and net the only goal as the Magpies defeated Liverpool.
But despite the impact, Pardew still believes that Perez has plenty to do before he becomes a top player. “He is one of those players that just takes a chance,’ he said. “That goal (against Liverpool) was all about whether he (Moreno) is going to have a bad touch. Some people don’t think like that.
“He has that optimism that something is going to fall for him, but his hold up play and general strength really isn’t there at the moment. He’s just got that little knack and it’s a lovely knack to have.”
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