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.