One of the big difficulties utility players have in football is that it’s sometimes difficult for them yo nail down a starting place in any one position.
James Perch - right back is my position
That has been true of Ryan Taylor, although they usually see plenty of action during the season, simply because of their versatility.
It would seem that new signing James Perch is aware of that, and he has come out today and said that right back is his position, and that’s the place he wants to make his own on Tyneside.
So Danny Simpson, currently out injured and Ryan Taylor himself, who has also said this summer he wants to make the right-back position his own, will have competition for the right back spot.
James said today:
“I’m definitely a right-back now,”“I moved around a bit at the start of my career, but this is my position and that’s where I want to play for Newcastle.”
“I was a center-back at the start of my career at Forest, but as my career progressed I moved over to the right. I’m not the biggest or the widest defender. “
“I like getting forward as well, or at least I do once I’ve got a full pre-season under my belt.”
If Chris wanted to create competition by his signings this summer he’s done that with Perch – who can play anywhere across the back line, and anywhere across midfield.
Newcastle seemed to have been close to signing Perch in January, but the fee was too low and Nottingham Forest didn’t want to sell one of their better players to promotion rivals Newcastle – and that was understandable.
But James apparently was chomping at the bit to get to Tyneside.
“I’ve been thinking about this move since January,” “It didn’t go through and I wanted to go back then, but it didn’t suit both parties.”“I actually asked to leave in January, but Forest wanted me to stay and I did. I think that has helped the move happen this summer though.”
“The situation wasn’t right then, Forest were still trying to get promoted to the Premier League and were competing with Newcastle at the time, so I just got on with it and did my best for Nottingham.”
“It has been an amicable split which doesn’t always happen in football. To be fair, I’ve given a lot of years to Nottingham Forest and I think they recognised that and have let me go at the right time.”
Perch seems to have handled himself very well in this move, on both sides, and he obviously is just over the moon to come to Newcastle, and we always love to see that in our new players.
Perch had a terrific game for Forest in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park on Easter Monday, and no doubt that further convinced Hughton and Calderwood that they wanted Perch on Tyneside – and they subsequently reeled him in (couldn’t resist that one) .
Perch was marking Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez, so it was good defending that kept Jonas quiet in that game.
“I had a good game against Jonas, who was probably one of the best players in the Championship last season, that sticks in my memory.”
We are hoping James Perch will be a huge success on Tyneside for the good of the club and for James himself – he certainly seems to have an excellent character, and he’ll look good in those very famous black and white stripes.