James Perch is just one player at Newcastle who is currently untested in the Premier League.
James Perch – savvy signing by Newcastle?
But this first signing of the summer form Nottingham Forest will get every chance early in the season to nail down the right back spot on Tyneside, as Danny Simpson is injured and out until at least next month.
And James is certainly looking forward to the vital first game next Monday night at Old Trafford as he told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“I won’t be looking at the names on the back of the shirts – it’s just another man at the end of the day and I’ll be trying to help my team beat them.”
“No matter what name they have on the back of their shirts, they’ll be trying to beat us. And that’s whether it’s Man United or Rangers or anybody else, whether it’s Rooney or Giggs or whoever.”
This is a big step up for Perch, who only a couple of years ago was playing in England’s third division for Nottingham Forest, but was outstanding for them after Billie Davies took over the reigns, when he replaced Colin Calderwood in early 2009.
That was about the same time that Colin joined Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, and has been on Tyneside ever since, and he loves it at Newcastle, forming a great coaching partnership with Chris Hughton.
Forest did fantastic last season finishing 3rd top but being defeated in the play-offs by Blackpool, who surprisingly were promoted as the third team last May, but are now odds-on favorites for the drop next May.
James back then was playing in front of crowds of below 5,000, but there will be a full house of over 77,000 next Monday night at Old Trafford, when he plays at one of the most famous football sides in the world.
But the 24-year-old seems undaunted at the prospect (good), and he continued:
“It’s a different world.” “Firstly coming to Newcastle is a lot bigger club and then going to play Man U being the club they are, it’s a good experience – but we’re going there to give them a game.”
“We don’t look at them and give them too much respect.” “I’ve been there to watch a game, but I’ve never played there. It will hit me that I am a Premier League player when we’re walking out.”
We also have to hope that Perch can handle the situation early in the game, because a team like the Red Devils will pounce on any mistake or hesitation early in the game.
But from what we’ve seen of this young ma n, he could turn out to be another savvy buy by the Tyneside club, and of course we are hoping he will do very well next season – in fact we are hoping every single one of them does very well next season.