Alan Pardew will attempt to bring goals to Newcastle as he prepares for an intensely difficult start to the Christmas campaign
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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.
– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
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 midfielder Siem de Jong is on the comeback trail after resuming light training.
The 25-year-old Dutchman has been sidelined since September, when he was ruled out by the Magpies for "a number of months" because of a thigh injury.
However, he tweeted on Tuesday: "Finally my boots back on! First session outside."
Ryan Taylor was forced to hobble off with an injury on his first Premier League game since August 2012.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a "fantastic" chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner.
Ashley has endured a turbulent relationship with Newcastle supporters, who have criticised the billionaire's off-field appointments, the renaming of St James' Park and a lack of investment in new players since he bought the club in 2007.
– Harry Redknapp
The chairman has been fantastic.
He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he's always at the games in the crowd.
He follows the team, loves it, and has stuck by Alan because he knows he's got a good manager.
It's easy to make a knee-jerk reaction and bomb him out.
They finished fifth the other year and were very unlucky not to finish in the Champions League places - he's done a good job.