24-year-old James Perch has created a new record in the Premier League by getting a yellow card in each of his first 5 Premier league games ever.
James Perch - 5 yellow cards in first 5 PL games
That has never been done before, but it’s a little bit of a dubious record for the former Nottingham Forest defender, and Chris Hughton has said today it will become a problem if James keeps picking up those cautions.
James missed the game at Chelsea on Wednesday night with a one match ban, and was replaced by Ryan Taylor who played really well for Newcastle and scored with a wonderful free kick to put the Magpies ahead in the first half.
This is what Chris Hughton told the Shields Gazette today.
“It isn’t a concern at this moment,” “But if he ends up getting 10 bookings in 10 games, that might be a concern, but not at the moment.”
“What I’m more concerned about is his form, and what he has done is perform very well for us.” “Of course, it’s something he himself has got to be mindful of.”
“In general, I’m not concerned, but it’s something he’s got to be mindful of, as what we don’t want him doing is missing future games through suspension.”
“He missed Chelsea, so certainly in some ways it’s worked out OK, as he’ll be available for Stoke.”
Perch is available for the game against Stoke tomorrow, but like a lot of the players who started the game last weekend at Everton, he will be wondering if he will keep his starting place in the side, after Newcastle’s heroics at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup.
Danny Simpson, who was the regular at right back last season and has been recovering from an operation on his ankle in the summer, is now back in training, but is not available for tomorrow’s game.
And breaking news today – Newcastle will play Arsenal at home in the 4th round of the Carling Cup – would you believe it!