Ayoze Perez can allow Leicester to press higher up the field

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Leicester’s transfer window is well and truly up and running.

Last week they confirmed the signing of James Justin from Luton before they decided to make a major acquisition by landing Ayoze Perez.

Speculation started to surface on Tuesday night before the deal was then completed on Thursday.

The forward was hugely impressive for Newcastle last term, scoring 12 goals which marked his highest return in the Premier League to date.

However, there’s another facet of his game that could be particularly beneficial.

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A huge benefit Perez brings is his versatility so it can’t be certain where he’ll feature for the Foxes. In the past he’s played as a central striker but he can also play in the No.10 role and out on the flanks.

Yet, despite the qualities he offers in attack, finding himself involved in 14 goals for the Magpies in 2018/19, he also has strong defensive attributes.

It’s a rather surprising aspect of his game, but it could prove game-changing for the Foxes next term.

Throughout the previous season, the Spaniard averaged 1.6 tackles per game whilst also making 1.1 interceptions every 90 minutes.

If you compare that first statistic to those who were playing for Leicester last season, he’d be their seventh-highest individual in terms of tackles per match.

That surpasses Ben Chilwell, Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire as well.

Now that may suggest that the Foxes don’t have as much work to do at the back, but it’s also a marker of just how disciplined the 25-year-old is in his defensive approach.

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In terms of the attacker’s interceptions, he’s streets ahead of his rivals in forward areas. For instance, Jamie Vardy averaged 0.2, whilst James Maddison and Demarai Gray both managed 0.3.

Therefore, it could allow Leicester to press higher up the pitch next season.

If you consider Perez’s ability to complete a tackle and intercept the play, they could use their new signing to win the ball quickly further up the field.

In turn that would lead to smoother transitions for Brendan Rodgers and his team who already like to play in a fluid fashion.

Not only will he add more goals to the side, but his all-round play can be extremely beneficial.

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