By Matt Farr
Newcastle attacker Ayoze Perez has revealed his brother has been the key to his success with the club.
Perez arrived at St. James’ Park in June 2014, and has scored 22 goals from 108 appearances in all competitions.
His impressive performances since his arrival at the club have seen him earn a new deal with the club, putting pen to paper in February last year on a new five-and-a-half-year deal.
But the 23-year-old insists he would not have hit the ground running if it wasn’t for the influence of his brother Samuel, who plays for Northern League Division outfit Alnwick Town.
He admitted to the Chronicle that the support he has had from his older brother throughout his stay in Tyneside has been the key to his success.
He said: “When I came I was only 21, I was young and it can be quite hard coming from a place like Tenerife to somewhere different like Newcastle.
“He [Samuel] has been crucial for me. For us to be able to stay together, to be together, to live this dream together, has been very important.
“He has been the most important thing in my success here. The key to everything.”
Perez has particularly thrived under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez over the last two seasons, and has scored nine goals and contributed six goals from 34 appearances this season.
At times he has struggled for regular action, but has fought hard to convince Benitez to hand him 19 starts from a possible 36 in the Championship, and has played a key role in the new year.