James Perch Likely To Start Against Swansea

James Perch could well start his second game in a row for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, when Swansea are the visitors.

James Perch – in action at Carrow Road last Saturday

James played at center-back last Saturday at Norwich City, and partnered Danny Simpson in central defense.

But Newcastle did not look strong, especially in the  air and Norwich got all their four goals from crosses into the box, that Newcastle players failed to head away to safety.

We were hoping that it may be a little easier for James tomorrow, with Fabricio Coloccini back in the starting line-up, but manager Pardew says the Argentine is still a doubt for tomorrow’s game  and only 50-50 – and that’s hardly good news.

And there must be little hope that Mike Williamson will even be considered to start the game tomorrow, even though he played 45 minutes for the Reserves against Bolton on Tuesday, and came through the game very well.

This is what James Perch said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“You are always going to have a period where you go through a bad patch in terms of injuries and get a few coming all together at the same time,” 

“That’s what’s happened to us, and it’s just been unfortunate that we haven’t picked up the results as well.”  “It’s just business as normal though – there’s nothing to panic about at all.”

“We have still had a good start to the season, regardless of the recent results, and we are all looking forward to the game against Swansea.”

“Swansea are more of a footballing side who like to keep possession. They attack quickly and it will be very different to the Norwich game.”

At Norwich,  Perch made his first start for the Newcastle first team in almost a year, as he has been  frozen out of the right-back spot by the improving Danny Simpson.

If Colo doesn’t make it tomorrow we have no idea who will partner Perch in central defense, but surely not Simpson again, because there is just not enough height or heading ability between the two of them.

However, James was very pleased to get a run-out last Saturday:

“It was brilliant,” “It came through bad circumstances, with Colo and Tayls getting injured, but I had to play and it good opening for me.”

“I now need to build on my performances week after week and try to make a place for myself in the team.”

Unfortunately Newcastle were hammered 4-2 in a game we would normally have been expected to get at least a draw,  if not the win with our full side out.

Grant Holt is good in the air, and he had a field day for Norwich last week with two goals, against a side that had no height at all in central defense.

And Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham is a similar type of player to Holt and good in the air, and if Colo doesn’t play tomorrow, Danny could have a good game up front for Swansea City.

We don’t want to be too pessimistic, but if Colo, Williamson and Tiote are missing again tomorrow, it could be difficult to pick up all 3 points against Swansea.
Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • alanrichie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #1

    hope not! Would prefer colo and kadar, santon lb simpson RB.

    1st btw woop

    hope Mr T is fit but really dont hope we sell him!!!

  • Klatoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #2

    With every other passing day and Pardew press conference,im starting to accept that Tiote will be sold in Jan 🙁

  • Satan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I will never accept our best players being sold ever! If Tiote is sold then I’ll blow a gasket. I’m a football fan and I pay to watch players play the game, I don’t pay to read through balance sheets; there’ll be no apathy nor acceptance here.
    As for Perch at CB again….it’s very worrying; how can he say last Saturday was ‘a good opening’ for him!? We conceded 4!!! I’d hate to experience a bad day then…..

  • Malaytoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #4

    please don’t let perch become our CB again…just use somebody else….hope colo fit for tomorrow and let kadar play! i think he can do better then perch!

  • Varut

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #5

    this season when he played as CB for us

    away vs Nott.Forest we conceded 3 goals
    away vs Blackburn we conceded 4 goals
    home vs Chelsea we conceded 3 goals
    away vs Norwich we conceded 4 goals

    i’m sad 🙁

  • lucasnufc

    Dec 16, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Never thought I’d say this, but Satan you took the words out of my mouth. Not even kidding when I say I’d rather have Shola back there.

  • Darling27

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    The guy is a liability!!! Worst player i’ve seen in a toon shirt for a while. That picture says it all. He’s suppose to be marking the player behind him but he’s pointing in the wrong direction :-S

  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Another defeat if we play two midgets at the back. Bring in Santon and Willo, we simply cannot play Perch. I wonder how such a player can be playing EPL football, he’s cheated the system.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Surely there must be a reason that Pardew thinks Perch is a better bet than Kadar otherwise he’d play him right?

    And surely it can’t be just experience either because the only Prem experience Perch has is that of being way out of his depth and getting embarrassed every time.

    Kadar must be really poor which is a big shame as the lad looked good in the brief glimpses we used to see of him.

    Could we not bring in one of the top kid defenders like Remi Street as back up?

    Looks great at lower levels but maybe too soon though.

  • Lynxie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Possible team tomorrow?

    Simmo Perch Willo Santon
    Obertan Cabaye Jonas
    Shola Ba


    Dec 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    The team i want to see start (inc 50/50’s fit!)


    Subs=Elliot,HBA(in on 65 for best),Shola(in on 80 for Ba),Willo(in on 65 for collo),Raylor,Ober,ABEID


    Dec 16, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    The team that AP will likely play will be :-

    The exact same team from last week but with Fu**ing SMITH in the CDM role to make sure we have a player sent off 3 fricken games in a row.

    Pardews team selection & tactics were spot on up until the Man city game! fair enough we’ve had loads of injuries but everytime he has an easy Replacement to make, a similar for similar switch if you will he makes the worst choice possible!

    Last week was his !!RED ALERT!! !!RED ALERT!! Moment when he should’ve gone ”Jesus that Perch is crap after all, i’ll drop him for good” & ”Obertan he can’t even take the ‘Norwich’ Right Back on, he’s out. Sam’s in!” ”Raylor, Raylor he aint a RB or a LB,i’ll just leave Santon LB and move Simmo back over!”
    I’ve always wondered why AP kept getting sacked when his teams always started off so well? Now i can see why!
    Don’t get me wrong i don’t want him sacked! i just want him to wake up and smell the coffee before i kick him in his players wife’s penetrator!!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Varut // Dec 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    this season when he played as CB for us

    away vs Nott.Forest we conceded 3 goals
    away vs Blackburn we conceded 4 goals
    home vs Chelsea we conceded 3 goals
    away vs Norwich we conceded 4 goals

    i’m sad

    – With all those stats, some fans (who i assume got no idea about football) still think James SKINNY Perch “done well”


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