James Perch Will Definitely Be Playing Next Weekend

The worst thing about yesterday’s 3-0 defeat by Chelsea wasn’t the defeat itself, but that we had both our top center-backs injured and leave the game.

James Perch – replacing the injured Colo yesterday

Coloccini had to leave after about 28 minutes with a thigh strain,  and James Perch was introduced to the white hot atmosphere of the game, and after a shaky start the former Nottingham Forest player did quite well – to his credit.

And then near the end of the game Steven Taylor came off and it seems like his Achilles injury is probably a lot more serious,  and the Newcastle medics will not know until he undergoes a number of scans but it’s anywhere from six weeks to being out for the rest of the season.

With games against Norwich, Swansea, WBA and Bolton coming up it’s a bad time to lose Taylor and perhaps Colo too, because these are four games the lads could win.

But these injuries had to happen sooner or later this season, because especially at center-back,  we’ve played all season with very little cover, ever since  top back-up Mike Williamson has been out injured with his ankle injury  since the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe.

This is what Alan said after the game yesterday:

“We lost Steven Taylor to what looks like a bad injury.” “They could both be doubtful. Fair play to James Perch, he had to come into that game, a high-intensity game against Drogba etc.”

“He started a little bit shaky, but he just got stronger as the game went on, so I was pleased for James.” He will definitely be playing next weekend.”

“You want your best players, and we have played these three games without being able to select from our best group, which has been a shame for us. But we have come out of it with a lot of credit, I have to say that.”

“Tactically and physically, we have tried to match the best, we have been bold in terms of trying to take the game to the best teams.”

Alan is clear that James Perch will play next Saturday at Carrow Road, and of course he has come in for a lot of criticism from Newcastle fans since he arrived from Nottingham Forest eighteen months ago.

But let’s just remember that this lad trains very hard every day and apparently is a smashing  lad, and he will be doing his very best to  get the job done for Newcastle United next weekend and in the next games.

Let’s support this lad, he deserves at least that,  and I hope he comes into the team and makes a lot of us wrong and plays great for Newcastle, and certainly Alan Pardew seems to have confidence in the 25 year-old.

With Colo  almost certain to miss at least the Norwich game – although the good news on the captain is that he’s a good healer – heaven knows who will partner Perch at the back.

Tamas Kadar and James Tavernier are two that have played there in the past, but James is currently out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, so we’ll see if Pardew can recall the 19 year-old.

Danny Simpson has played there before too, but other than that we have no idea who may be coming in,  and that’s a measure of how thin the Newcastle squad really is,  and we now have to hope the club  can bring in a top central defender in January.

It would help a lot if Cheick Tiote could come back in at defensive  midfield too, but he’s still a doubt even for next Saturday with his knee injury.

We have to come out and say it would be a real pity if the wheels came off the Newcastle bandwagon this season, because of key injuries.

Getting Colo back quickly would be one thing that would help big time.

What do you think ?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    we need atleast 2 defenders in january. we indeed have a brave team and in all the 3 games, we didn’t get run over totally, but got exposed only because of our paper thin squad. still proud of our team and finishing in the top 10 this season is a fantastic achievement.

    top 6 might be out of reach unfortunately, unless we get in 2 more defenders. if not our target should be top 10.

  • Graeme

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Kadar should be given the chance – he has good movement, is cool under pressure and comfortable on the ball – what else could you ask for?

    He has played some great games for reserves and for his under 23 squad, he has the skill and ability and we need both now due to injuries. I would be happy with him in the side, he’s a good player.

  • Slank

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Taylor is out for the whole season.

    Perch will have to play until Williamson is match fit which could be weeks away, maybe January. Kadar will have to be drafted into the first team. An alternative could be Santon. However, both Kadar and Santon are not ‘premiership match fit’.

    If Colo is recovered for the next match we have a chance to win or draw but without him we may be at the start of a losing streak.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    we need to stand up and show the spirit, hang in there till january

  • Lachu

    Dec 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets be postive and Right behind the lads , this is when the team needs support.I think no one expected us to e here , but the team has given its all .. lets hope the same this happens now aswell.
    Now when is the F.A cup begining we need more bodies ..

  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Perch can play but not as a centre back !!!

    Perch as a centre back is worst than Bramble and Boumsong COMBINE

  • Slank

    Dec 4, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Brutooon @ 6

    And who would you suggest in central defence if Saylor and Colo are injured, Williamson is still recovering and Perch is no defender in your view?

  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Slank : I go for either two of Kadar/Simpson/Santon for centre defence.


    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Good morning,
    Squillaci plays on Arsenal Team,for me ,a very strong central arriere ;
    Now it is necessary to know why Wenger does not make him play anymore

  • Nick Sly

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Perch and Simpson should be in centre defence. And our 5 Million euro man Davide Santon should play at right back.

  • Toon! Toon!

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Can Santon or Simpson not play in the centre, then at least we won’t need perch
    I feel any team would exploit perch!

    Ed, “definitely” is not quite the right word as there are a number of alternative options, however for some reason Pardew seems to have a bit of faith in Perch????

  • Belly

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Is as simple as this, we are in a great position in the league and we need Ashley to spend in the window. A centre back is definitely needed and a left full back, as well as Raylor has done I don’t think Pardew can see him there perminatly. Raylor missed Jonas yesterday and his defenceive cover. I would never had inviseged us being in this position at the start of the season, however it would be disappointing and an opportunity missed at this stage to let things slip. Surely spending a few million in the window makes sense to try and push for the Europa league places. I wasn’t very impressed with Obertan yesterday. He didn’t use the only asset he’s got (pace) once, very disappointing performance.
    Let’s hope the lads can regroup and bring home maximum points in the next four games. That would leave us in an outstanding position in the league. C’mon Newcastle! TOON TOON BLACK’n’WHITE ARMY!

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I saw Kadar Play when we were in the Championship he was Pretty good – Just Needs His Chance . Haris Vuckic Is another player needs a break !!!

  • austoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Does Alan Pardew even know that Santon exists? We could try R.Taylor or Simpson at CB and put Santon in either full back position, unless he can play in the centre.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont think we know for certain James Perch will start. Remember how certain “we” were about Sammy starting yesterday. Fact is Pardew will consider Kader as well as Santon for that role. Ryan Taylor can also play at Centre back


    Dec 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ll just have 2 accept that Perch will be 1st choice CB until Collo is fit at least, then he’ll be 2nd choice until Big Willy is fit. CH saw something in Perch & AP see’s something in Perch that we may not realise yet. My guess is he’s good @ carrying bags & putting out cones in training!
    All joking aside (many a truer word sed in jest!) unless Perch can cut down the mistakes he makes under pressure to 1 mistake a game/ 0 mistakes a game then he’ll be replaced by Kadar or Tavernier.
    Why did they send Tav out on loan when we have a defensive shortage damn it wingers can fill in @ RB/LB but CM can’t be CB’s! apart from (Kompany @ citeh anyway ha ha)

  • Dearka

    Dec 4, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    my team selection for Norwich


    Santon__Simpson__R Taylor__Ferguson




    Sub Kadar,Shola Ameobi, S Ameobi, (Perch/Smith) Dan Gosling

  • bills-son

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is dead right, Perch grew into the game and he was quietly impressive. He stood up to Drogba, dispossessed him regularly and played simple passes after he won the ball. I dont remember Perch giving the ball away once in the 2nd half.

    Fans who say he was cr&p yesterday are talking nonsense.

  • Sav

    Dec 4, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Some claritty about Williamson’s injury/recovery would be good.. Hope this will mean the end of speculation that Tiote will be leaving for big bucks. If ever we needed Mr.T, it is now.

  • markp

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #20

    @bills-son exactly, anyone who saw the whole game would have noticed that perch didn’t put a foot wrong. raylor, guthrie, and to a lesser extent simmo, have all stepped up to the plate this season, and played way above everyones expectations. come one lads, we might aswell get behind the lad?

  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #21


    Perch didn’t jump high enough for the 1st goal

    Perch didnt stop torres to pass to kalou for the 2nd goal

    Seriously, did u watch the game? We lose 0-3 (just to let u know)


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