Can James Perch Make A Comeback At Newcastle?

One area where Newcastle look very short for cover is in central defense.

James Perch – in action at Wolves – playing well at center-back?

Currently we have only captain Fab Coloccini and local lad Steven Taylor as the only two  fit and experienced center-backs, after Mike Williamson was injured and is out for a few more weeks.

And one forgotten man on Tyneside is James Perch, whom we fully expected to move to a Championship club this summer, so he would get to play more games, than he gets at Newcastle.

But that didn’t happen, and manager Alan Pardew has come out today and said he will not hesitate to use James in central defense, should something happen to either one of Coloccini or Taylor.

We have no problem at all with James Perch as an excellent professional, because that’s what he is, but he’s also like Ryan Taylor, and wants more first team football at Newcastle than he’s currently getting.

James was the starting right back for Newcastle until Danny Simpson came back last October from his ankle injury, and James hasn’t had much of a look-in since, unfortunately for him.

Perch has so far played 15 times for Newcastle, and had the dubious record of getting a yellow card in each of his first five Premier League appearances, at the start of last season.

But manager Alan Pardew thinks that Perch can some in and play at center-back,  if that’s what’s needed:

“I think that’s now turned out to be – with Willo’s injury – an area where perhaps I’d have liked a bit more cover,”

“But Perch is back and I think his best position is at centre-back, from what I’ve seen of him. We’ll probably use him there.

“He’s someone with a point to prove. And he’s only a young player, he’s only going to get better as he goes along.

“When I’ve seen him out on the training ground I wouldn’t hesitate to use him at centre-half.”

We can only think that James has been impressive in training at center-back,  and it would be good if he got a game, and put in some good performances for the side.

James is one of those players who may not be able to hack it at the top flight of English football, but he will still have a very decent career in football, but maybe at a Championship club.

But hey, we’d like nothing better than for James to still come through at Newcastle United.

And maybe we’ll even see James get a run-out at QPR tomorrow night, and a win in that game could see Newcastle in 4th place in the Premier League, and even in 3rd place and above Chelsea on goal difference, with a good win.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    i rather go Danny Simpson to play CB and Perch as RB

    Perch as CB will be a disaster….god know how many own goals will he score

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Not good enough…

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Off topic lads but what sites are people using for live streams since my p2p went down? Any help would be much appreciated.

  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    James Perch is Center Back by trade,He’s a canny.It was hard enough for the lad last season been put in the deep end of the pool,I would love to see James Perch been given another chance.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    James Perch best position is at the BENCH

  • toonLYF

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6


  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I love the attitude towards players on this blog site.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol at danny simpson CB rather not play either thanks.

  • evildick

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    “I think that’s now turned out to be – with Willo’s injury – an area where perhaps I’d have liked a bit more cover,”

    it’s laugh or cry stuff

  • Rossy G

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Has no confidence, is incredibly weak, rubbish in the air, and has a one dimensional style of lumping the ball forward, his positional sense is a joke (as we have seen many times), the fact he captained Forest makes me laugh. The guy is at best a decent League 1 player, and thats probably being nice. I would never put him near the bench let alone the pitch. Kadar played for Hungary the other day, I would even play Remi Streete above Perch….and to be fair the lad is class so would be interested to see how he gets on. I think we should recall Taveniar as he can play CB, Simo cant.

    Ridgewell……………cheers ashley

  • Rossy G

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Captain Geordie…..Perch a CB by trade??…..hmmm obviously missed the last few games he made an appearence in as well as the fact that he is a CM by trade where he played for Forest or sometimes RB. He has only played CB for us……..attitude towards players is being voiced here, if he plays of course we will support him but doesnt make any of us rate him one bit. He has proven he is no way near prem quality.

  • technonasty

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    whether you rate perch as a squad player or not this is what a good man manager like Pardew should do. Comments on here saying how Perch lacks confidence, Pardew has seen the writing on the wall with CB injuries, and is trying to give Perch a confidence boost so he can get the best out of him if required

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    agree technonasty – Pardew builds his players up in public especially the marginal squad guys

  • geoff777

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s had a year to settle in.

    Now’s his chance to show us if he’s up to the jov at Premiership level.

    Clean slate for me.
    Good luck James.



    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    can he come back -NO

  • Geordie Jonny

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Give him a chance at least. It’s pointless judging players on last seasons performances. If we did that Leon Best would have never got a game.

  • Dance Shola Dance

    Sep 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Perch’s best position is the Tea Lady’s restroom.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 11, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Can you say threadbare at the back? I know I can. Pardew says it all when he says he wishes he had more cover at CB position. Many of us were saying it all summer. More evidence of Llambias incompetence if anyone needed it.

  • banjax

    Sep 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #19

    You are joking aren’t you ?

  • Tiki_Taka

    Sep 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #20


    I’ve heard they are all good mate

  • Tiki_Taka

    Sep 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #21

    If Perch is still a Newcastle United player then why are some fans of this club not behind him?

    I mean I may be being a little silly here but I thought the whole point of supporting a club was to get behind the players?

    Perch will be the first to admit that he hasn’t set the world on fire in his time at Newcastle but things can turn around quickly in this game. All the lad needs is confidence.

    I seem to remember Leon Best getting a certain amount of criticism but now he has the confidence running through his veins we are seeing a different player.

    We ARE the best fans in the world so lets show that and support the team and its players in the right way.



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