James Perch has received a yellow card in each one of his first four games in the Premier League.
James Perch – 4 yellow cards already this season
That means just one more booking and he will be suspended for one match.
James talked today about all the yellow cards he has received:
“It must be something about me – I don’t know what it is. I like to throw myself about a bit, I suppose, and sometimes you get booked doing that,
“I know I’ve got four yellow cards but to be honest I think there are a couple that were never yellow cards. Saturday was, but maybe a couple haven’t been.”
“I’m not going to change my game though. Getting stuck in is not something I’m going to stop soon, it’s just something in my game. It won’t play on my mind on Saturday.”
“If I’m looking at it now, I’m thinking I’ll try not to get booked but during the game if there’s a tackle there to be won I’ll go for it, and if I lose it and get booked, I can’t do anything about it.”
Newcastle are currently fourth bottom in the fair play league – above Wolves, Sunderland and Bolton. Sunderland’s position is due to their young captain Lee Cattermole, who’s already been sent off twice this season, and seems a liability to the Black Cats when he plays.
Lee was born in Stockton-on-Tees and started at Middlebrough, and was the player who crippled Joey Barton a couple of years ago, when he was playing at Wigan. Lee broke Joey’s foot with a ridiculous tackle that he should have been sent off for, and it seems since then he’s got no better.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems OK with the yellow card count, as he said today:
“It’s not been a big talking point, to be honest. You just get on with your game and if you get booked, you get booked,” “There does seem to be a lot more bookings this season. Just about every game there seems to be six or seven people getting booked.”
“I don’t know if it’s just the way the referees are or the attitudes of the teams, chucking themselves about and putting the boot in a little bit more this season. I think we get stuck in more and if you get booked you get booked – you just try not to get sent off.”
James is trying to make the right back position his own this season, and any suspension will give other players a chance in that position, including last season’s right back, Danny Simpson, who is almost recovered from his ankle injury.
James need to improve quickly if he wants to become a Premier League class right back, and he’s looked fairly steady at the back for Newcastle so far this season, the first time he’s ever played in the Premier League.
It would be great to get back on the winning track at Everton, but that will be a tough game – but you just never know with Newcastle.