Perez set to lead the Newcastle United line

BENCH ... Ayoze Perez.
BENCH ... Ayoze Perez.
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AYOZE Perez will be back in the firing line at Goodison Park – tasked with filling Papiss Demba Cisse’s boots.

Perez has been left out of the starting XI for the club’s last two games.

But the 21-year-old, signed from Tenerife last summer, will be pitched in against Everton with leading scorer Cisse suspended.

United head coach John Carver – who felt the demands of English football had taken its toll on Perez – believes the rest will have done Perez good.

“He’s got five goals – just behind Papiss,” said Carver.

“I took him out of the firing line, and I was right to do so. Whether he is ready for it at the moment, only time will tell, but we’ll find out on Sunday. It has helped him having a bit of a break.

“There was an awful lot of pressure on this young lad coming from Tenerife and being thrown into our cauldron, as we all know it is.

“But I thought he dealt with it well, and it’s part of my job to deal with him and one of the other young players – (like) Adam Armstrong – to make sure they don’t disappear into the wilderness.”