Newcastle United face a tough away trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, with Callum Wilson returning to fitness and form.
However Premier League analysts have highlighted Ayoze Perez as the man who could swing the tie.
The Spaniard has been in surprising form of late, keeping his often vocal critics silent with a string of fine performances.
Against Everton last weekend, he was pivotal, bagging two goals and an assist in a memorable 3-2 comeback.
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Remarkably, his three goals and one assist in his last four games equals his output over the opening 26 matches of the season.
The arrival of Miguel Almiron has really improved his game, and the Premier League scout has revealed how Perez can make his mark against The Cherries.
Perez: Currently one of the best?
The Fantasy Premier League scout reveals that Perez has been one of the most effective forwards in the league recently.
These totals rank among the top three for forwards in the league during that time.
It’s a testament to how much he’s improved in recent weeks.
The scout also reveals how this form makes him a particular danger against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth’s defensive woes
The Cherries have struggled defensively this season, conceding 56 goals so far.
It’s the fourth worst record in the Premier League, and it’s seen them slowly slip down the table.
When Bournemouth last faced Newcastle, they were flying high in 6th place after 11 matches.
However The Cherries were shocked and humbled by a particularly impressive Salomon Rondon performance.
The Venezuelan scored two goals in a 2-1 win helping the Magpies to just their second win of the season.
It was the beginning of something of a slump for Bournemouth. They’d won six of their first 11 matches, but have only won five of their last 19.
They struggled to maintain form and now sit in 12th place, just one spot and three points above the Toon.
Of course Bournemouth still boast attacking threat, and only seven teams have scored more than their 41 goal total.
But their defensive issues mean Newcastle, and Perez, can once again overcome Eddie Howe’s men.