Steven Taylor To Have Operation – James Perch Gets Chance

News today that Steven Taylor will have an operation on his Achilles tendon tomorrow and will now likely be out for the rest of the season.

Steven Taylor – likely out for the rest of the season

This is very bad news for the Newcastle side, but not exactly unexpected, but Steven has still had a terrific season and has been one of Newcastle’s best players this term, and he will be badly missed.

Mike Williamson would have been a good replacement but he is still a couple of weeks from being fit  from his ankle problem, and ready to return to training.

James Perch will come in for Taylor next Saturday, and it also seems like Coloccini will miss the game, but the most important thing is to try to get the captain back for the home game against Swansea a week this Saturday.

Fabricio Coloccini left the game yesterday in the first half with a thigh strain, and there’s small chance he could be ready for Norwich on Saturday,  but that has to be an outside chance at best.

Perch came on for Coloccini and played quite well after settling down and he will get his chance at center-back – starting this Saturday.

This is what James had to say today:

“We lost two center-halves on Saturday, which is not ideal for any team and we have only got those two centre-halves, really,” 

“It looks like we are going to have bodies filling in and doing the best we can do. That’s all we can do.”

“I have had this question since I was 16 years old, ‘Where do I prefer to play?’ and it’s one of those.”

“Whichever one I say, I always tend to do the other one the week after, so I am just going to say I like playing football and wherever I play, I am happy with it.”

Perch has 15 appearances for Newcastle so far in his career, with 6 of those coming this season, and we have to hope he can get the job done for the side, but we expect Newcastle to bring in a center-back in January.

Alan Pardew will no doubt drill the back four a lot this coming week.

And there’s no doubt the manager will have his work cut out in training this week as he tries to get Perch and whoever else will partner him on Saturday, to  form some understanding at the back.

It’s a huge blow to Newcastle that Steven Taylor will miss  the rest of the season,  and it just shows you how very thin the squad really is.

We have a new poll out which asks who should be the two center-backs on  Saturday, but we are so thin that we couldn’t think of too many players who can play there, who are fit.

I almost put myself in there – but I cannot find my boots. 😀

Let us know what you think.

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121 comments so far

  • toontiotenufc

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #1

    hahaha mackems loosing, shoot me down on this but what about smith as a make shift cb he can tackle, strong and a leader in some sense, I just think without saylor and collo we need a leader at the back and don’t see any others?

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    would love Kadar to start but a dont think he will a reckon it will be Simo and Perch.. but norwich have very strong strikers and they need to be prepared especially for when Holt comes on in the last 10/20mins

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Proper gutted about Taylor though

  • spitfire_

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Jesus, give a strenght to Perchy. Just kidding he’s hopeless.

  • yorkshireToon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    larson misses a penalty to go 2-0 and wolves score 25 seconds later and then score again to win love it!

  • boater

    Dec 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t get why Ryan Taylor isn’t on the list. That would leave Simpson and Santon in familiar full back roles, and most of you seem desperate to get ryan out that slot… surely the best option available.

  • alext109

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Why disrupt our other defensive players by playing them out of position when we can play defenders more suited to centre-back.

    I would never start Perch but looks like he is our only option and he might surprise me. Kadar is out of contract in the summer so give the lad a chance. He has the motivation to play well and has always performed well when he has featured.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon has played at centre half for both Inter Milan and Italy U21’s in the past! Not saying it’s ideal, but its gotta be better than 5″7 danny simpson playing there against a tall norwich front line!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Just hope Tiote is fit. Because which/whoever plays CB are going to need help.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s gotta b perch n kadar

  • colwell

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #11


    Exactly and he’s 6ft1. We can’t play Simmo there that would be the worst mistake ever. He will lose every header and backs off too much out wide in the center they would get shots galore against us.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #12

    havig just read the article , where yesterdays ref has admitted his mistake, i am more angry now than iwas watching the game.I know you should accept apologies from refs after vital blunders, but yesterdays will lie deep in the club and the fans for the rest of the season.with 11 v 10 we would have dictated that game, yes they would have put up a bit of a scrap but i think the scoreline would have been a lot different, not just that but, taylor got injured in the last 5 mins, that wouldnt have happened as we would not have been fighting to stay in the game. the ref not just lost us 3 points , i think he has damaged our whole season, it would have been a totally different game.After all the good work done by the team and pards from the first game of the season, in 1 split second a decision was made, which was not even debatable , that IMO will be difficult to come back from. I hope i am wrong but losing taylor again , in the form he has been in is a shattering blow,In jan we need a replacement, our back ups are simply not good enough. To pull through we need to sort that position out as quickly as possible , no messing no stuttering along untill the last day , pards priorty is getting a defender now. We are where we are in the league, not because we have been brilliant going forward and scoring for fun, but because of our defence and the brilliant krul we need to keep that very tight at the back, pards job is to put the right man in , if he dosnt he will live to regret it

  • davybtoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Stuart not only would it of been 11 v 10 but Chelsea would more than likely had to take sturridge or mata off to put Alex in at cb

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said stuart no9. I wish I had more faith in the owner and Llambias to do the right thing. They are busy finding new places for signs apparently so not sure they have noticed they need a centre back yet.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Stuart also pardew is the reason behind r defence bein so good bcoz he has them drilled, colo mite make Norwich yet so let’s not worry
    To much

  • colwell

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Heres a thought a wild one but still a thought. How about Smith? He does what Saylor does in relation to putting his body on the line he is strong not afraid to tackle surely he’d be better than Simmo or Raylor there fingers crossed Colo is fit!

  • Magforlife

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Life as a Newcastle fan is never easy or straight forward.
    Just as things are on the up “sods law” kicks in 🙁
    Both CD out maybe foe weeks , Spuds sniffing around our goalie out of top 4. Well as least the Daily Mail will be happy now.
    But every cloud has a silver lining Wolves 2 scum 1.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    doubt it colwell


    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Would love to see Kadar and santon in there but thevnrwcadtle staff have basically said Kadar isn’t near the first team yet???????

  • Magpie_Man

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    our seasons over now, by time colo gets back we’ll be in bottom half of table

  • stuart no9

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #21

    exactly . the whole dynamics of the game would have been so different . would have also given raylor a bit of an easier afternoon as well
    geordie two
    this jan window is going to be another important one for our owner.i dont hold much hope. pards needs to be abit more stern and demand cover for taylor, again i dont hold much hope.
    colwell…… ive heard colo is out for 2 weeks

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #22

    God help us the whole season has been built on Collo & Taylor just hope we can get through to Jan without to much damage & fat Tw*t puts his hand in his pocket

  • craigTnufc

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Bentner had a big smile on his face during the minutes applause for Speed, just seen it on a Sunderland forum I was looking at to see what they were saying after another defeat today, even they were calling him a prick.

  • Benry

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Im not sure whether Smith would have the positional sense i.e. knowing when to move for offside trap etc. Kadr/Simpson in centre and Santon RB for me. Or even Gosling/Simpson/Santon/Raylor.

    James Perch can GTFO my club.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Smith is finished as a player colwell. Would rather have anyone else in there as a defensive midfielder. We have Gosling and Abeid is returning home now as well as Guthrie, Cabaye and soon Tiote. Smith will retire after collecting the last of his pay next June with a big smile on his face.

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 4, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #26

    ive got nothing productive to say

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Benry, tell you what mate. If we didn’t have Perch we’d be well and truly fooked. Think about it before you start spouting shite. You’re meant to be behind the team and Perch is part of that team.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #28


  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Benry, Get behind the team, Perch is part of that team. Not the best, but he’s all we’ve got. Or in other words, We’d be knackered without him. I pray that Perch and Shola don’t read this blogg.

  • YankToonFan

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Those January reinforcements can’t come soon enough. The injuries to Colo and Saylor are overshadowing the fact that we aren’t creating many chances on goal. Maiga will be a big help, we need Tiote fit, and here’s hoping we go after Pieters or Ridgewell.

    I’d put Santon and Perch in the CB slots, keeping Raylor and Simpson outside.

  • BarcelonaMag

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone know what Perch’s height is? He just doesn’t look tall enough to play centre back. He looked like a dwarf compared to Drogba. And what about Tavernier: does anyone know if it’s possible to recall him from Seff Wed? What are the rules?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    BarcelonaMag, Perch is 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) not that small. But everybody looks dwarfed beside Drogba.

  • YankToonFan

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Doesn’t Cabaye play CB for France?

  • Thump

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Has to be Perch and Kadar for me. Simmo is too short, Santon likes to get forward and Raylor is Raylor (although he has looked more comfortable when he swaps with Colo).

    Any news on Colo?

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #35

    YankToonFan – Nah mate he plays CM for France..

    colwell – A was thinking about Smith but a thought a best not mention it haha

  • Lynxie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #36

    YankToonFan @31:
    Yohan Cabaye is 3 foot 2 so , err, No.
    I understand that Jimmy Krankie and is a free agent, and willie carson has got his saturdays free now

  • Lynxie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #37

    I said at the beginning of the season that we were paper thin, but got a load of abuse off all the experts on here.

    Oh dear, it appears that we might need to put an advert in the chronicle for players, and thats without anymore injuries over the busy december period. Come on fatty, get your cheque book out. In Graham Carr we trust.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Assuming Colo is out for a couple of weeks. Pards has to drill a second CB pairing pretty quickly.
    I’m stiil unsure about Perch in this position, though I reckon Pards will go with him. I’d prefer Perch to be cover for midfield.
    I’d prefer Tavernier who has plenty of match practice, and the talent – as long as he can step up a level. Raylor is also a possibility with Santon replacing him as LB, but I’d prefer to see Tavernier and Santon as CBs.
    Give Santon strict instructions to hold the line and not venture forward, except at set pieces.
    If Tiote is back then play 4-3-3 with Tiote in front of CBs and Guthrie and Cabaye. Then if we need to swamp midfield we can go to 4-5-1 from 4-3-3.

    We’ve just got to trust to APs judgement here – he is a pretty good coach and he must have already thought out ‘what ifs’ for back four injuries till Williamson / Colo can form a partnership.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Speaking of the jungle haha Mark Wright is a class player we should get him a trial get him fit he’ll slot right in haha only 24.. his younger brother is a good player aswel plays for Millwall

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Isnt Tavernier like the same size as Simpson haha?


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