Perez happy with link role

Newcastle

Ayoze Perez says he is happy to be Newcastle's link as the team continue their battle against Premier League relegation.

Former Spain Under-21 international Perez has come under some criticism for his performances this season but, in recent weeks, he has managed to turn things around and help the Magpies in their survival quest.

The 24-year-old, who has scored two goals from 28 league appearances this season, played a key role on Saturday as the north-east outfit secured a 3-0 home win over relegation rivals Southampton.

Perez, playing in the number 10 role, impressed with his forward play and he says he is more than happy to continue in this position if asked to do so by manager Rafael Benitez.

‘Everything went well,’ he told The Chronicle. ‘It was a massive win for us and three important points. I’m happy to help others. That’s the role of a forward, sometimes you will score, others you will contribute in other ways.

‘That is what the manager wants from me. He wants me to be a link between the lines to try to help the wingers and to help Dwight. That’s what I am trying to do. He’s been here a while now and we are always working. It was a great win for me and everybody else was happy.’

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