Premier League: Ayoze Perez comparisons too much, too soon, says Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring
Image: Ayoze Perez: Already being compared to Shearer and Cole

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen to try and keep the pressure off striker Ayoze Perez despite his rich vein of form.

The young Spaniard has scored three times in as many Premier League games, including goals against Liverpool and Tottenham, and has already drawn comparisons with Tyneside legends Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

While Pardew is obviously delighted with his contribution, he does not want to add any unnecessary pressure on the £1.5m signing from Tenerife before or after Saturday's clash with QPR.

Pardew said: "At the moment, he's fearless. 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.

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"But he is 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."

When he signed, Perez was seen as 'one for the future' but injuries to the likes of Papiss Cisse have forced him into the spotlight and Pardew credits veteran defender Fabricio Coloccini for helping him settle in so quickly.

Pardew added: "He's a nice, bright boy. 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."

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