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Pardew has advice for Perez

Alan Pardew has told blossoming star Ayoze Perez to work on his pace and power if he is to terrorise Barclays Premier League defences on a regular basis.

The 21-year-old frontman, who joined the club in a £1.5million switch from Tenerife during the summer, announced himself in style with winners against Tottenham and Liverpool after getting his chance because of injuries in October, and has not looked back since.

He has great technical ability and I have worked with great technical players before. He has the technique that top players have.

Now we have to transfer that into a physical specimen that can handle this division without taking away his speed and agility. There is a balance there, but he has improved massively.

It hasn't surprised me, the goals he's scored, because that's his strength. What has surprised me is some of his link-up play and movement. He also has clever, technical feet to get him out of tricky situations.

That part of his game has surprised me a bit. He is not the complete package, but he is certainly a great prospect.

He needs to improve his understanding of the game and his strength, both his speed and power. Retention of the ball is very important at this level and he needs to improve that too.

But we are talking of a player who can do all that. It's not a million miles away for him. He is a goalscorer who loves scoring goals.

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

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Redknapp: Rio has a key role to play at QPR

Harry Redknapp insists Rio Ferdinand still has a part to play in QPR's survival bid as the former England captain returns from suspension.

Ferdinand was hit with a three-game ban following comments he posted on Twitter but is now eligible to return at a key time for the R's - who are without Richard Dunne for the visit of Leicester on Saturday as he serves his own suspension having collected five yellow cards.

Absolutely, he can play a big role.

Hopefully he is going to be fit. He is going to train and we will assess his fitness. He has not played for a few weeks now. He had the suspension.

We will have a look at it and see how he is. Rio does not have anything to prove to anybody. He has been a fantastic player for so many years. He is not one that I have to worry about.

It has been difficult. He has come from a team who win every week to a team who has come out of the Championship and found it difficult. It has been a difficult period.

He probably was not getting a lot of protection. It was not just Rio, whoever played at the back found it difficult in those early games. We have looked more solid recently. I am delighted to have him here.

– QPR boss Harry Redknapp.

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