Ayoze Perez says the best is yet to come from him at Newcastle United.
Perez scored seven Premier League goals in a remarkable first campaign at St James’s Park.
The club had planned to loan out Perez, signed from Tenerife last summer.
But then-manager Alan Pardew handed him his debut in August – and the forward never looked back.
Perez’s energy and enthusiasm – and his eye for goal – caught the imagination of the club’s supporters during a troubled campaign on Tyneside.
And the 21-year-old – who had been prolific in Spain’s second division – feels he has learnt a lot during the past year in English football.
Perez is also confident that he will come back stronger – physically and mentally – ahead of next season, having got to grips with the pace and power of English football.
“It’s a learning curve,” he said. “I feel that I have learnt a lot by coming here to the Premier League.
“There’s a lot that I need to improve, but overall I feel that I have grasped the way football is played in England.
“Hopefully, that improvement will help me through next season.”
There’s a lot that I need to improve, but overall I feel that I have grasped the way football is played in England.Ayoze Perez
Perez has been on holiday across the Atlantic with his family.
And the Spain Under-21 international – who has been enjoying the sights of South Beach, Miami – feels he will be recharged when he returns to Tyneside to get to work under new head coach Steve McClaren.
“The holiday is a time to unplug and get away from football for a little bit,” he said.
“We need to recharge our batteries and come back with fresh ideas and more energy to improve in the next season.”
Perez will return to the USA next month with his Newcastle team-mates for three warm-up fixtures.