ALAN Pardew has warned Premier League clubs that Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez will just get better and better.
Perez scored the Magpies’ winner at Tottenham today, hitting the second goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind success.
The 21-year-old summer signing from Spanish Second Division club Tenerife was handed his full league debut at White Hart Lane in the absence of injured striker Papiss Cisse, who watched from the bench.
Perez’s 58th-minute header from a Cabella cross, following Sammy Ameobi’s first goal in the league, gave Newcastle a victory which had looked unlikely at the break, when they trailed to a an effort from Emmanuel Adebayor.
But a half-time teamtalk from Pardew – and the introduction of Ameobi and Remy Cabella for the second half – changed the game, with the three welcome points lifting Newcastle out of the relegation zone and up to 14th place in the Premier League.
Pardew believes Perez just gets better and better as he adjusts to the pace and power of English football.
“He is a really great individual talent,” said Pardew.
“He hasn’t quite got the strength and power that you associate with the Premier League, but that will come to him.
“He’s worked really, really hard. We’re so pleased with him. The players love him so they were really made up that he scored the winner.”
Perez travelled to Spain after the match, having been nominated for two of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional’s most prestigious awards.
The Spain Under-21 international has been nominated for the Best Breakthrough Player and Best Attacking Midfielder prizes for last season.
Pardew added: “He goes to Spain to an awards ceremony, and hopefully he might pick up an award or two there.”