'That division makes you learn a lot' - Ayoze Perez reflects on Newcastle United's Championship learning curve

Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez

Championship football was a shock to the system for Ayoze Perez.

But the Newcastle forward believes the learning experience away from the big time has made him much better equipped for his return.

Perez was one of the slower starters in the Magpies squad last season, only really coming into his own towards the back end of the campaign as United overturned a seven point deficit to Brighton, to lift the second tier trophy on the final day.

Despite an 'in and out' start to the season, he ended it with nine goals in the league, 12 in total - his most successful year since his switch from Tenerife.

The Spaniard admits that he found life outside the Premier League "hard", as he maybe took longer than others to acclimatise to the high-paced, rough and tough of the Championship.

But he is hopeful that some of the difficult lessons learned last season, will aid him with United now back where they belong.

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"I was very surprised how hard it was," he said of life in the Championship.

"It's very hard physically, and mentally you need to be focused as well.

"There are a lot of games, you have to be as fit as you can.

"That division makes you learn a lot.

"I've learned a lot of things that make me feel more comfortable in English football, so we'll see what happens next season.

"I'll try to be as fit as I can to be ready.

"It's been tough but thank God we are back to the Premier League."