Newcastle's Ayoze Perez wants team to match personal success

Ayoze Perez
Perez's seventh goal of the season helped Newcastle end an eight-game losing streak.

Newcastle's former Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez wants to end his own personally satisfying season by helping secure the club's Premier League place.

The 21-year-old has scored seven goals in 35 league games since signing in June. His equaliser against West Brom ended an eight-game losing run.

"We need to stay in the Premier League," Perez told BBC Newcastle.

"You need to work very hard [to establish yourself]. That's what I have done, now we need to save the season."

"The supporters deserve it so we need to win the next game."

Newcastle's slide down the table has been in contrast to a decent first half of the campaign which saw the club hit the heights of fifth in November.

Perez's form has been a rare chink of positive light for the club in the latter months, while his goals against Swansea and West Bromwich Albion have been moments of cheer for the St James' Park faithful.

Part of the reason for his emergence has been the absence of Siem De Jong and Papiss Cisse through injury and suspension for important parts of the season.

"I have taken my chance, some players have been injured so when the manager thinks I need to play, I'm always ready," he added.

"It's very important for me because I am young that I need to play, learn and improve.

"It's something big for me, it's good for me and I couldn't imagine it."

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