James Perch, Newcastle’s new 24 year-old signing from Nottingham Forest, will make his debut for the club tomorrow afternoon at Carlisle United.
James Perch – new signing will make debut tomorrow
Hughton has said that Perch will start tomorrow, and Chris will likely make significant changes at half-time.
Obviously Hughotn will use the first game to build the fitness and conditioning of his players, fresh form their exploits in Dublin, Ireland, in preparation for their August 16th first PL game at Old Trafford.
“The lads were superb over in Ireland and I felt it was another very productive week over there,” “This first friendly is all about getting back into our rhythm and building up our fitness.” “But you know when you go to somewhere like Carlisle it will be a very competitive friendly too.”
“I will be getting everyone bar Jonás (Gutiérrez) and the injured Danny Simpson involved, and it will be a good test to see where we are at the moment. The priority is to get everyone through it unscathed and not to get any injuries, but of course there is an opportunity for people to impress as well.”
“At this stage you wouldn’t expect us to be at full pelt but we know there are going to be a lot of supporters travelling and it is a good game for us to get started.”
Newcastle will, give some playing time to young guns Haris Vuckic and Nile Ranger, and it’s then up to them as to how they take their chance.
With possibly so many central midfielders coming in during the pre-season, maybe Haris will be loaned out for a while, and we know Nile Ranger will move on loan to another club, to get some valuable first team experience.
Local lad 19 year-old Ryan Donaldson, who is currently with the England’s under-19 side, is another youngster who looks set to be loaned out, at least until January.
“I do expect one or two of our young players to go out on loan,” “We’re still assessing that and perhaps if they do particularly well in pre-season that will affect our judgements. First and foremost we will be looking after ourselves when it comes to loans though.”
With so many young players at the club who need to b developed, Chris will need to get used to loan deals for his youngsters, but he seems to be going about the task this season – just like he did a year ago.
Professionally and organized, and we have to hope next season will give us at least a little success – a mid-table position would be fantastic for the Newcastle club – and then it’s pushing on form there.
Written from Plymouth, England.