The hero for Newcastle on the day was Ayoze Perez, who finished a breakaway goal in 73rd minute to pull the Magpies up to 13th in the league.
However, speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, former Newcastle defender John Anderson has said that Perez isn’t the man to lead Newcastle’s line.
"Perez for me is not the answer"— BBC Newcastle (@bbcnewcastle) January 2, 2018
Despite Perez's goal against Stoke, our #NUFC summariser John Anderson doesn't think the Spaniard is the solution to Newcastle's striking problems. pic.twitter.com/hBvRB893JH
Despite his goal against the Potters, Anderson said that Perez wasn’t enough of a ‘natural finisher’ to be an out-and-out striker on his own, criticising Perez’s physical play as well as his ability to hold the ball up.
Despite being caught up in the close-knit relegation battle this season, Newcastle fans recently took to Twitter to sing the praises of boss Rafa Benitez.