Newcastle forward should avoid jumping ship in January

Ayoze Perez is believed to be a target for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with Louis Van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino reportedly keeping tabs on the player.

His goal in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea was his eighth for the club since joining from Tenerife for £1.6million in June 2014.

He’s represented the Spanish under 21’s twice and was rumoured to be on the radar of Real Madrid before joining Newcastle, showcasing how highly he is thought of in his homeland.

The temptation of heading to a team that can bring you European football will surely be appealing for the Magpies forward, but he should take heed of this note of caution.

Previous players who had excelled at St James’ Park before leaving in the new year will provide the Spaniard with some food for thought.

Yohan Cabaye led Newcastle from the middle of the park all the way to fifth in the 2011-12 season, his first season at the club.

He continued to perform for the Magpies, scoring the winner in the club’s first victory at Old Trafford in 41 years, before being lured away to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.

The Frenchman only became a peripheral figure in Paris before being shipped off to Crystal Palace after only a year-and-a-half at the club.

Demba Ba’s 13 goals in the first half of the 2012-13 season saw him become a huge hit on Tyneside, before moving to Chelsea where he scored 14 goals over two seasons, largely from the bench.

The final figure Perez can look to is the man who brought in the club’s record transfer fee received, Andy Carroll.

Moving to Liverpool for £35million after scoring 11 Premier League goals in the 2010-11 season was seen as a big risk, and, as we all know, the risk didn’t pay off.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.