James Perch has looked good in pre-season, both when he’s played at right back – as he did against PSV, and as a central defender as he did at Deportivo on Tuesday night.
James Perch - backing Joey Barton today
We’re hoping James will turn out to be a bargain buy for the Magpies and we’ll know soon enough.
But today the Mansfield-born 24 year-old was singing the praises of team-mate Joey Barton – who we also spotlighted earlier this morning.
James considers Barton’s Spanish showing at Deportivo La Coruna as typical of the man, who seems to have overcome at least some of the demons that plagued him when he was a youngster – anyway we hope that’s the case.
Perch has today backed Joey to produce big time for Newcastle this coming season – and again – we hope that’s the case.
Perch told the Journal this morning:
“That’s Joey all over,” explained the former Nottingham Forest defender.” “He showed immense courage to step up there and blast that one home.”
“Missing a penalty is a horrible thing for anyone, a real killer, but he pushed it to the back of his mind and just did what he does best.”
“Joey will never take a backward step from anything, he will always face up to a challenge, and he showed that again in Deportivo.”
“He’s going to be a vital part of our team this season, we need him to be on top form and he’ll be one of the main men to lead from the front.” “So it’s a great sign that he shelved the first one and continued to put himself forward.”
“All of us, every player, we all knew that he would put his hand up, and we all knew that he would put the penalty away. He’s got a steely determination that marks him out as a special talent, and he used all of that to take the flak, forget about it and then do something to put it right.”
Newcastle complete their pre-season program of friendlies at Glasgow Rangers on Saturday, with a 1:00 pm KO at Ibrox.
Chris will need to show his hand a little, because it’s likely the starting line-up will be a good guide to who may start against the Red Devils a week come Monday, in our first PL game for 15 months.
“Joey’s on good form and this will help,” “It would have been frustrating not to get that second chance, and he knew it was important to take it.”“He showed up well in the middle of the park and we’ll need more of that at Rangers if he plays.”
“All that’s left now is to get a good workout and a good performance at Rangers, and finish our pre-season without picking up any injuries.”
We’d like to see Joey start in central midfield with Kevin Nolan, but we’d also be surprised if Chris doesn’t start in a 4-5-1 formation against the Red Devils, with Kevin playing just behind the lone striker up front – Andy Carroll.
And another central midfielder like Alan Smith or Danny Guthrie should also be in there.
It would be terrific if Newcastle could get a result at Old Trafford, when everybody will be talking about how many the Manchester United side will beat us by.
Howay The Lads!!