It’s been a rough start to the season for Ayoze Perez.

The Spaniard was Newcastle’s top scorer last season, finding the net 10 times. This season though, things haven’t been as easy.

Perez has been a pretty much constant figure in Rafa Benitez’s side, but has never justified his position.

The forward has struggled to influence games, and was eventually dropped by the gaffer.

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But despite his form, the Magpies shouldn’t look to dispose of the former Tenerife man.

Reported interest from Spain in Perez

According to El Gol Digital, Newcastle’s interest in Porto’s Yacine Brahimi could have implications. They believe that his potential arrival could see Real Betis return for Perez.

The La Liga side were reportedly keen on him over the summer, but a move did not materialise.

Regardless of what happens with Brahimi, Newcastle must keep Perez.

For all his faults and the amount of times fans have berated him, he’s still a key component.

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In a side that struggles for goals, the number 17 has often come up trumps. It was his goal that won us our first game of the season and really kick-started the campaign.

Benitez does not have too many options, so losing a player of Perez’s importance would be foolish. Sure, we’d get a decent wedge of cash for him, but what difference would that make?

It’s not like the money would be reinvested.

Newcastle can’t afford to sell any of their first-team players, so the 25-year-old must remain on Tyneside despite his flaws.

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