Can this young Spaniard save Newcastle United’s season?

When he first arrived at St. James’ Park as a fresh faced youngster looking to make a name for himself last summer, few within the wider footballing community in general would have likely been aware of the name ‘Ayoze Perez’, or what he could potentially bring to the table on Tyneside.

Newcastle United have certainly seen their fair share of problems in the transfer market in seasons past – and although most Premier League teams would probably take a punt on any young Spanish front-man who has seemingly grown up alongside La Liga’s golden generation of footballing talent – there were absolutely no guarantees Perez would even make it within the Magpies starting XI, let alone the rest of the English top-flight itself.

However, as most of Newcastle’s more high profile names distinctly failed to shine themselves in much of a promising light throughout the course of 2014/15, the now 22-year-old former Tenerife star nonetheless acted as one of the few stand out players for the St. James’ Park faithful to enjoy last season.

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So, seeing as the little Spaniard once again came up with the goods when given a starting role in McClaren’s first team plans against Chelsea last time out, will Ayoze Perez ultimately be the man to save Newcastle’s season this term?

Well, if there were ever a side that required major help among the ever testing realms of the modern Premier League, it would certainly be Newcastle United.

cSince the questionable appointment of Steve McClaren as head-coach was eventually made official during the course of the summer, the Magpies have unmistakably failed to get things flowing out on the pitch so far this season.

Despite the usually tight-pocketed Mike Ashley somehow seeing fit to invest roughly £50million into his squad this transfer window, Newcastle are yet to pick up a single league victory and disappointingly remain kicked-out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday. Although the team may well start developing some cohesion across the field sooner or later – make no mistake about it – this is a side most definitely fighting the threat of relegation this term.

The Tynesiders were arguably rife for the drop last season in all honesty. After John Carver’s ill-fated spell in charge at the club, it really is no wonder Newcastle United find themselves in their current predicament. The performance against Chelsea was admittedly much better and did in-fact offer some signs of great improvement, but McClaren’s seeming inability to grind out the match and take all three points home with him that evening arguably proved the most telling showcase of all.

So, even if Ayoze Perez continues his fine form in the black & white throughout the vast majority of the 2015/16 campaign, guaranteeing survival for his side this term will not prove easy. Yet if Newcastle are to eventually stay up after last season’s notorious shenanigans, Steve McClaren’s strikers are simply going to have to start scoring more goals – and plenty of them.

Perez could therefore become a real hero amongst the St. James’ faithful in the not too distant future. Alongside the recently acquired Aleksandar Mitrovic – an out-in-out nutter by all accounts, but arguably just the type of character Newcastle need to help them rise from their long-term slumber – the 22-year-old Spaniard has the potential to develop a truly promising strike-partnership at St. James’ this season.

The man they call ‘Ayoze’ seemingly possesses that important natural instinct in-front of goal that all strong finishers must have to make it at the highest level. He is also more than adept when tracking back to link-up with his teammates, offering a fair amount of technical ability that could be improved further upon this season. Whilst he may still need to work on his overall strength and ability to play with his back to goal – the signs nonetheless look truly promising for Perez at this stage in the game.

No longer can McClaren revert to playing just one recognised striker up-top with the so far inefficient Moussa Sissoko and Florian Thauvin tasked with picking up the pieces behind their isolated front-man. The possible Perez/Mitrovic partnership offers Newcastle a way out of their current plight for sure – just as long as the misfiring Papiss Cisse is strictly kept to the bench for now.

But ultimately, although surviving relegation will take a strong collective team effort above all else, Ayoze Perez remains one of Newcastle’s brightest hopes for the 2015/16 campaign. If the Magpies do eventually sink this term however, the up and coming Spaniard won’t likely be staying at St. James’ Park for great deal longer…

 


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