James Perch’s former manager at Nottingham Forest has come out and talked about his former player, and thinks he can be a success at Newcastle United.
James Perch – can he make it big at Newcastle?
James was bought from Nottingham Forest for something like a little over £1M in the summer, and of course his own goal cost Newcastle a point at home to Stoke just eight days ago, but he did give a strong performance at Eastlands in the following game.
Former Nottingham Forest manager Mick Hartford talked about Perch’s own goal against Stoke and about his former player yesterday:
“At least he got his head on it!” “Seriously, though, I worked with James four or five years ago when he was just coming through the ranks at Forest.” “The own goal was just one of these things.”
“I wouldn’t call it an error because if he didn’t head it, there was someone who was going to.” “You can almost forgive someone something like that – he wanted to get the ball.” “Back when I was his manager he didn’t have a position for himself.”
“I think he was playing in midfield, centre-back and right-back, but he needed to find himself a position and now right-back is very much where he plays.” “Is he good enough? Yes, I think he is.” “He’s a committed lad and he has done ever so well to get himself to a big, big club like Newcastle.”
“He’s a strong lad – you had to be to come through at Forest at that time – and he will prove that for Newcastle.” “It’s a big, big opportunity and now he has to take it.” “These kind of chances don’t come along very often.”
It’s fair to say the jury is still out on James Perch, and most fans hope he can improve as he gets more and more Premier League games. He’s a decent player, but James has yet to show he has the class to become a fully fledged Premier League player for Newcastle.
James has made 7 appearances for Newcastle so far this season, but Danny Simpson should soon be fit again from his ankle injury to press for that right back position, and Steven Taylor returns to full training next Monday following his shoulder injury, so James will soon be under significant pressure for his starting position at Newcastle.