Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that new signing Ayoze Perez will be a success at the King Power Stadium, but has warned it could take a while for the forward to adapt to a new style of play.
The Foxes signed the Spaniard from Newcastle United in the summer, with the attacker playing a key part in pre-season, and began the first couple of matches of the Premier League campaign too, prior to being left out of the side in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend.
Leicester play a much different style to the one that was adopted by Perez’s former club, with possession and pressing high up the pitch key factors in the manner Brendan Rodgers wants to see his players utilise.
The Spaniard has been in a side that have had a defensive outlook in recent times, and the Foxes boss is well aware that the difference will take time for the £30 million addition to adjust to.
“With Ayo it is just going to be a period of adaption,” the Leicester Mercury quote him as saying.
“That might be six months to a season really.
“He has come from playing in a team which played 5-4-1, very deep and very defensive and not having the ball so much.
“Now he is in a team which is really aggressive and is pressing higher up the field. And then having to do all that side plus then the football side.
“Watching him since pre-season and closely in training, he will continue to find good positions.
“Over his time, he is going to be able to get the goals that he wants. But he is a bright player and really clever. He is also very modest and humble.
“He’s not had too many chances (to score) because of the teams we’ve been playing against but I have no doubt in his time he will prove to be a very good signing for us.”
Perez will hope to regain his place back in the Leicester side, when Rodgers takes his charges to Old Trafford to face Manchester United after the international break.