Don’t compare new goalden wonder to Newcastle United legends

IN TOP FORM: Ayoze Perez in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID
IN TOP FORM: Ayoze Perez in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID

ALAN Pardew has hailed Ayoze Perez’s impact at Newcastle United – but warned against comparing him to Alan Shearer.

Perez, signed as an unknown in the summer, has netted in the club’s last three Premier League games.

And the 21-year-old is set to lead the line against Queens Park Rangers at St James’s Park tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

United manager Pardew believes that QPR manager Harry Redknapp will have been doing his homework on the Spain Under-21 international this week.

Perez’s impact has seen him compared to Shearer and Andy Cole, another former Newcastle striker.

But Pardew has cautioned against expecting too much, too soon from the forward, signed from Tenerife in June as one for the future.

“At the moment, he’s fearless,” said Pardew. “He’s got the wind in his sails and is going along very nicely. He’s been very sharp in training. He’s a threat.

“If you take your eye off him, he’s a predator. I’m sure QPR will be having conversations of how to look after him.

“He’s difficult to pin down, his movement is very clever.

“But he’s a young player. Some of the headlines have been way off the mark – the new Alan Shearer, the new Andy Cole.

“This is a boy who has played three games. Those players are legends and have done it all.

“Ayoze is just setting foot in the Premier League, but I have to say he’s done really well so far. I’m pleased with him.”

Pardew feels Perez and QPR’s in-form striker Charlie Austin, have caught the imagination so far this season.

He added: “He has done terrifically well for us, but the chances of him being our main striker week in, week-out for the next 25 or so games are pretty unlikely.

“The Premier League always throws up new names and he and Austin are just two of them this year.”

Off the field, Perez’s adjustment to England has been helped by United’s Spanish-speaking captain Fabricio Coloccini.

His brother Samuel also made the move to Tyneside and has been playing for non-league club Blyth Spartans.

“He’s a nice, bright boy,” said Pardew. “His brother is trying to get fixed up over here.

“Because of the language, Colo has taken him under his wing. That’s helped him settle quickly.

“He’s a smashing player and is low maintenance. We’re enjoying him on the training ground.”