Chris Hughton was relieved to complete his first signing yesterday, as a target of the club in January finally arrived at Newcastle.
James Perch – delighted to be on Tyneside
And Hughton says he is thrilled to have finally got a player who he believes will be able to play in both full-back positions, as well as offer cover at center-back, so it seems he sees James as a defender, although he can also play anywhere across the mid-field.
Chris said today:
“It is a relief to get the first signing done and there will be more, I’m confident of that,” “It all happened quite quickly in the end, but he is someone we have been trying to get for a little while now.”
“He can play in a few positions, but he played at right-back against us and had a superb game at St James’ Park.”
“That might be where he plays for us as well, but he can play right across the back four, including left-back. He has played a fair few games on the left for Forest so he gives us cover for Jose Enrique as well.”
“Every signing you make is a gamble, whether it is Fernando Torres or James Perch. You hope they can fit into the work ethic you have and the way the team plays.” “He is at an age where you like to think that there is still improvement and development in him.”
“We hope that he will become a better player at Newcastle as he learns from playing against Premier League players. He can still progress as a player and we are confident he will do that with us.”
From what Chris says, it would appear he sees him principally as a right back more than anything else, and was obviously impressed with him during our 2-0 win against Forest at St. James’ Park this year.
Newcastle bid for the player in January, but the bid was turned down as “derisory”, and the Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that bid was £1.5M.
So Perch may have cost maybe closer to £3M.
Perch admitted yesterday he was desperate to sign for Newcastle United, when he heard the club was interested in January, and it looks like that bid was almost successful.
But James is now very happy to get the deal done – he made that very clear yesterday,
Every signing is a risk, as Chris rightly points out, but most of our readers seem to think it was a good deal to sign Perch.
At the time of writing 56% think it was a good deal, 24% are not sure and 20% think it’s not a good deal for the club, and if you haven’t yet voted you can do so on our home page.
That high percentage of not sure is interesting, but for the good of Newcastle and for the good of the player himself, we have to hope he becomes a terrific signing on Tyneside – you have to be positive about these things.
Certainly the faithful Newcastle fans will give James Perch every help and encouragement to make this move a good one – we’re sure of that.