By Harvey Byrne
Former Newcastle forward Micky Quinn has claimed that current Toon striker Ayoze Perez has to do more for the club to help in their attacking positions.
Quinn, who played for the north east side between 1989 and 1992 still holds an affinity to the club and has stated that Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle can’t play every match.
The Magpies currently play with one up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation and they boast Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic as back-up to the summer signing from Crystal Palace.
However, Aldridge has stated that Perez has to do more if he is to see more game time on the pitch.
“I think Rafa Benitez sees Dwight Gayle as his No 1 striker but he can’t play every game,” wrote Quinn in his column for the Chronicle.
“I’m not sure if Ayoze Perez is the answer because for me he’s neither one thing or the other at the moment.
“He falls somewhere between being an out-and-out striker and a No 10.
“He needs to score and make more goals for me.
“He’s got some great pieces of skill – he can do things I never could – but he’s got to have more effect on the team performance-wise if he wants more time on the pitch.”
Perez joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014 from Spanish club Tenerife.
He was unable to stop the famous club from suffering relegation in the last campaign and has struggled to have an effect in the Championship.
The former Spain Under-21 international has played in 10 encounters for Rafa Benitez’s side in England’s second tier with a return of just three goals, two coming against Cheltenham in the EFL Cup.
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