James Perch should get another game tonight against Arsenal, after being replaced by the now fit Danny Simpson in the great win at West Ham last weekend.
James Perch – can still make the grade on Tyneside
Ryan Taylor, who has looked good in the last two Carling Cup games, and scored two great goals in those games, and he could well start at right back, so it could be that Perch gets his first senior game at center-back tonight.
We like Ryan Taylor more up front so he could also start on the right wing – but for some reason we think Chris will give Routledge a run out there tonight. James can also play at left back but we have to believe that Shane Ferguson will get a deserved start there against the Gunners.
Manager Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:
“I left James out of the game at West Ham, but, overall, he’s done well for us,” “He’s still getting used to playing at this level, and he gives us another option.” “He can play across the back, at centre half and left back. He’s certainly a versatile enough player.”
And while Danny had a tough start in that first 15 minutes, when Newcastle seemed to struggle significantly, once the lads settled down they started to dominate the game and Danny had a decent enough game for his first appearance since last May.
And it seems that Hughton thinks Simpson did OK:
“I thought Danny grew into a very good game,” “The early phases were very difficult – he was quite exposed at times – but as the game went on he got better and better, and I think that was expected.”
“This is a player that’s missed the whole of pre-season. He’s worked really hard on his rehab, so I was very confident he was in good enough shape for the game.”
Simpson has to prove he is Premier League class this season, but we don’t think James Perch’s chances are over at the club, by any means.
He’s had a tough baptism in the Premier League, the highest class of football he’s ever played in, and we have to hope he can learn from his experiences this season, and become a much better player for it.
He gets a lot of criticism, but the lad always sticks to his task during games, and he could still make the grade at Newcastle.
James has appeared 8 times for Newcastle this season, and believe it or not, he hasn’t picked up one yellow card in his last three games, after picking one up in each of his first 5 Premier League games ever – a record.
His only other club was Nottingham Forest, and so far in his career he has 228 appearances and 14 goals.