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Ayoze Perez’s move to Leicester signalled a new transfer record for the club.
After his superb performance on loan at the club last term, contributing to seven goals, it’s likely he’ll be the more marquee signing.
However, there is plenty to look forward to from Perez as well, who found the net 12 times for a Newcastle side who ended up finishing 13th in 2018/19.
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Perez developed quite the partnership in attack with Salomon Rondon last season at the Magpies.
Between them, they scored 23 goals in the Premier League, finding a rhythm that was arguably not bettered by many others in the division.
Yet, it’s the words of Rondon, rather than his performances that should be music to the ears of not only the entire Leicester side, but Jamie Vardy in particular.
In quotes noted by The Telegraph back in March, he had plenty to say about the Spaniard, commenting:
“It feels like me and Ayoze understand each other on the pitch. We know how each other plays, where he will be running, when to pass and the gaffer helps us too. We play like a team. He is not selfish.
“It’s the kind of thing we work on together on the training ground. He brought the defenders towards him.”
What should come as the biggest comfort to 18-goal Vardy is the fact that the 25-year-old isn’t selfish and as a result, he might be able to help the former find the net even more next campaign.
The Leicester man is a different striker to Rondon, however, boasting the ability to run in behind, rather than hold the play up.
However, the powerful forward’s recognition of the fact Perez knows when to pass could be crucial.
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That could give plenty of encouragement to Vardy, who should take reassurance from the creative quality Perez possesses.
If the former England international can link-up with the club’s new signing as well as Rondon did, Leicester could be even more powerful heading into the future.