AYOZE Perez will prove to be one of the signings of the season – as he backs up his gift with graft.
That’s the verdict of Perez’s Newcastle United team-mate Sammy Ameobi ahead of Saturday’s home game against Queens Park Rangers.
The 21-year-old was signed as one for the future in the summer from Tenerife, but he’s also shown he’s one for the present.
Perez has scored on his last three Premier League outings.
And the Spain Under-21 international – who netted with a superb flick in the club’s 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion before the international break – is in line to start against Harry Redknapp’s side at St James’s Park.
Ameobi feels the secret to Perez’s early success has been his workrate, which was again evident at The Hawthorns.
Ameobi told the Gazette: “His goal was brilliant, but you can see it in training every day.
“He’s unbelievable, and he showed it again. He works really hard for the team – he was sprinting up and down the pitch. I was really happy for him.”
The West Brom win lifted Newcastle up to eighth in the league, and a win over QPR could see the club, which had been in the relegation zone a month ago, climb even higher.
“Everyone’s really confident at the moment,” said 22-year-old Ameobi, who is hoping to keep his place.
“We’re playing really good football, and more importantly we’re working hard as a team. That makes it hard to score against us.
“We’re hard to break down down, and we’ve got a lot of pace on the break.
“It’s going well. Everyone’s really happy.”
While QPR are in the bottom three, Alan Pardew’s side won’t be taking the game lightly given their recent performances, not least that in the 2-2 draw against champions Manchester City earlier this month.
“There are no easy games in the Premier League – everybody knows that,” said Ameobi.
“”They’re a good side – I watched them against Man City.
“We’ll have to battle, but we’ve got the quality to come through.”