If James Parch is to become a Newcastle regular this season, he will need to improve his game, and improve quickly.
James Perch – can he become regular at Newcastle?
It’s the first time Perch has ever played in the Premier League and of his 4 games so far, he’s had a couple of strong performances, as well as picking up a yellow card in each game, which threatens to break his run in the side.
A 5th yellow card and he gets a one game suspension.
James was brought in from Nottingham Forest in the summer, and could be one of those players, like Mike Williamson is proving to be, to make the step up to becoming a Premier League class player.
James seems to be satisfied so far with what he’s been able to do at Newcastle, as he said today:
“I feel fine,” “Obviously it’s a step up from the Championship, which is a standard I’m used to. It’s a bit quicker but I think I’ve got used to it – yes I’ve got a few yellow cards but I think I’ve started well and hopefully I can stay in the team for as long as possible.”
“I think the international break came at a bad time for us, we were on a high and we could have done with a game on the Saturday we missed,” “But those things happen and we’ve gone off the track a little – hopefully we can get it back at Everton.”
Danny Simpson is on the mend from his bad ankle injury, and will challenge for the right back position soon, as will Steven Taylor when he returns in about a month from his shoulder injury.
There will be significant competition in all positions in the Newcastle side this season, and no more so than at right back.