James Perch was Chris Hughton’s first signing this summer, and the Newcastle chief got his man after only narrowly missing out on the player in January.
James Perch – settled on Tyneside – is that a Presley impersonation?
Chris Hughton came out this morning and talked about the Newcastle defense being so important next season, and James has also reiterated that the tough draws, will be as important as anything next season.
Perch talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“It is not going to come down to the games we win, it will all be based around the games which we do not lose.”“The gritty draws where we hang in there, get a bit of luck at times, hopefully that we merit, and then really stick it out to drive those points home.”
“Every point is going to be precious, because that is just how the Premier League is.” “It is that tough that everyone is scrapping for every inch, and that is what makes it the most exciting league in the world, and that is why every player wants to play in it.”
The lads played very well on Tuesday nigh at Deportivo, but they were lucky a few times, and of course Joey Barton missed that golden opportunity to seal the deal with just 4 minutes of normal time remaining.
On another day that would have been a monumental error, but the lads were able to comfortably win the penalty shoot- out, scoring all five of their penalties.
Perch went on:
“We got lucky a few times in Depor, but then again we missed chances too.” “We worked hard to close them down and restrict their passing game, and we are going to need to make a habit of that.”
“If you let teams in the Premier League come at you and you give them time and space, then they will kill, you, it is pretty much that straightforward.”
Perch has said that players like Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enrique have helped him settle in on the field at Newcastle.
There will be severe competition for places in the defense once Sol Campbell is fit, and then when Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor return from their injuries, but James shows the team spirit at Newcastle, by saying as long as the lads do well he doesn’t much care who starts the games.
Perch and Coloccini seemed to play well together in Spain, and it showed the 24 year-old’s versatility as it seems he can play anywhere along the back-line for Newcastle, which will be very useful next season.
“I feel really settled and happy with how things have been going so far.” “There is a whole lot more hard work and learning ahead. I am well aware of that, and I cannot wait for it to be honest.”
“I am working with great players, playing alongside some quality guys, and all I can do is just get my head down and try to learn as much as possible.”
” I thought the back-four looked good as a unit in La Coruna – that is going to be vital, that we can make a strong and solid defensive showing.”
“Whoever goes out there and whoever it is that plays, we have to have the same kind of shape and understanding as that unit.” “Colo is a great guy to play alongside, because he is very calm and he talks well and at the right times.”
“That helps to put you at ease, but to be honest, all the lads have done that to help me get into my stride.”
We really have no idea how James will perform on the Premier League stage next season, but we’ve been encouraged by the way he has quickly fitted into the Newcastle squad, and his performances so far have looked very solid.
He could become a big signing for Newcastle if he can show he can indeed hold his own next season.