James Perch May Still Have A Future At Newcastle

James Perch has not had a successful career since he was signed from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010.

Perch And Krul  delighted after beating Red Devils 3-0

Perch was a Newcastle target in the previous January but Nottingham Forest wouldn’t let him go at that time.

But it seems that since Alan Pardew has arrived at the club,  the new manager took a liking to the player, probably because he’s such a very good professional – he works very hard in training and gives everything he’s got when he gets to play for Newcastle.

You may be surprised to learn that James has made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season and 27 total appearances for Newcastle.

The question is whether James is good enough for Newcastle,  but in a few games this season Alan Pardew has introduced Perch in the second half to try to wrap up a Newcastle win.

That’s exactly what Perch did last Sunday against QPR, and he’s quite effective at breaking play down the play of the opposition, as a deep lying central midfielder.

Don’t be surprised in the second half tomorrow, with Newcastle ahead, that James comes on again to try to seal another win for Newcastle.

James talked to the local Tyneside press today:

“It seems like a different role every week.” “But the gaffer just told me to go in and shore things up and I was happy to do so.”

“I was told to stop Shaun-Wright Phillips getting into those little holes.” “It’s hard to say what my best position is.”.

“I signed here as full-back and haven’t played full-back since Danny Simpson came back from injury.” “I’ll take midfield, but I will play anywhere for the club.”

“Whether it’s midfield, right-back or centre-half.”    “The QPR game never looked like an attractive game.”

“They’d just got a new manager and it put them on the up. To be fair to us we conquered that.”

“At the end of the day we were in sixth place because Liverpool slipped up the day before.” “It was unfortunate for Cabs but in a weird way it worked.”

“Besty played on the left and took his goal brilliantly.” “After that we were in middle ground, whether to go for it or sit back and defend the lead.”

“We didn’t hang on, we were quite comfortable.” “It was great to come on and play a part in the win, it was great for me.”

James seems like a very decent guy,  and he’s a bit like Ryan Taylor,  in that he wants to play football and earn his wages, and he can play in multiple different positions, so in that sense he’s a useful player to the side.

The 26 year-old signed a four year deal for Newcastle,  so he’s still got two and a half years left on his contract, and it remains to be seen whether he will be sold in the summer.

We had initially thought he would go but we’re not too sure right now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Actually, this season he hasn’t looked too bad at all. For a couple of games he has even looked more like a footballer than a liability. If he can be a better play, I am happy to give him the chance.

  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    For me he’s a squad player and nothing more and if we sign a centre half this window I would expect him to be moved on in the summer

  • UpTheRoad

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    As a sub coming on to close games out he is fantastic.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    He has enthusiasm, energy and is willing to graft to see things through. Suited to his current role, of coming on with 15 mins to go.

  • nightfa11

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5

    the worst defender, but an OK defensive midfielder.. if guthrie & cabaye are both our for tomorrow i expect him to start the match…

  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    f Guthrie and Cabaye are out tomorrow I think Pardew will go with Abeid and HBA in the centre. Abeid has massive potential and has looked good when he’s played

  • tdt

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    After reading the news regarding injuries etc, I think We’ll play this team tomorrow…


    Subs: Harper, Perch, R.Taylor, Abeid, Vuckic, Obertan, Lovenkrands

    What does everone think of that? I sounds very likely that Cabaye is out, otherwise he’d be in for Gosling.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9


    Think Abeid or Raylor will be in there ahead of Gosling. That kid needs to go out on loan, in my opinion. Could use him as a makeweight in negotiations for Williams?

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Get rid, he’s not get enough. With a view to next season, Vuckic, Abeid and Gosling will all be ahead of him for CM, whilst we’re expecting to sign another CD and Tav could come in as RB

  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye, with Perch we’ll be fine if Tim gets injured. 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    happy to have him in the squad! He’s a useful player to have on the bench because he can cover in lots of positions! Would never have him as a starter tho! TBH, i honestly think if he left us and signed for a wigan, norwich or qpr and played every week at right back he’d be a solid player! Still remember that game for forrest where he had enrique and jonas in his pocket all night, guess that won him the move!

  • wynsleap

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #13

    If Ashley HAS to sell players to bring new ones through it’s the likes of Perch, Smith, Kadar, Ranger, Xisco and Lovenkrands who should be moved out.
    Some decent wages there to play with and all their positions could be replaced easily with upgraded (and not necessarily fantastically expensive purchases as we have witnessed in the past), resulting in a more talented squad.

  • markmac

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    I think he’s a usefull player to have, dont feel safe when he’s in defence but as said he does a ‘job’ in breaking up play in Midfield, nothing fancy but it doesnt have to be! keep him..


    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Honestly I find this very objectionable, Shola, Perch, Simpson. Who else is not worthy of the shirt, its a squad game so support the squad and the club.
    Do you think Pardew thinks he’s a world beater, no. He is here to do a job and we should respect that as long as he is doing his best.
    He will get less games soon but be there to help out when needed and incidently will not moan when he is not in the team, that is priceless and the sign of a real professional.
    Keep on improving and supporting the team lad, it is valued highly by most fans.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Hmm, Perch, I’ve never thought he was good enough but someone pointed out to me the other day that he has potential as a CDM. They may be right. Obviously Pards sees something in him, and those comments he made were really good to read. Sounds like a committed Toon player, and that’s all we really ask. Hopefully he’ll improve over the next few months, if he doesn’t then I wouldn’t be surprised if we sold him in the summer.

  • planb

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Perch we cant give him and smith away !


    Jan 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    planb, all teams have weak links, even Barcelona believe it or not.The importat point is to assess the club as a whole and its desire to improve and we are certainly doing that big style.
    Perch is a midfielder and not a cenral defender but he has the balls to fill that slot when he is asked to do so and then take the flack from fans when he is not up to it.
    He is also seen as a promising defensive midfielder and we need backup cover there at the moment.
    What people seem to forget is the fact you can have a team of fabulously talented individuals but a useless team and you can have a team of mediocre players who perform brilliantly because they have collective self belief, the trick is to have both and that is very nearly impossible.
    So at the present moment Perch is brimming full of pride helping you and I to achieve our dream of winning a cup or league and wants to improve so can we PLEASE give this boy a break and actually support him and Shola and Simpson and Guthrie and Obertan and Best and Ashley and Llambias and your views.

  • puretoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry but Perch should never have been brought in to start with as he’s not good enough and never will be! There’s quite a few here from lower league clubs, some make it, some don’t and he’s one that hasn’t. Unfortunately it looks like we’re stuck with him


    Jan 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    puretoon, the bar has been raised and Perch is here to do a job which he does when played in midfield, he will not get a lot of football soon as we move onwards and upwards but he is still a team player and improving so can we support him and his efforts for you and I when and if he is called upon in times due to our lack of depth and quality, that is not his poroblem after all.
    It really annoy’s me when we are not working together as a unit and backing our team fully,
    The strength of any team is its support of its supposedly weak links but if you really think about it the superstars who may and in a lot of cases don’t follow the same logic.
    They can destroy moral and a teams performance and place in the league table.This is were managers and owners enter the equation, they are paid to motivate, plan and coax the best out of a set of players.
    You only have to view the diametrically opposed views on this site and realise that is not a team.

  • steinhof

    Jan 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Just thinking, if Guthries out we’re down to our 4th and 5th choice centre mid and we still have Gosling, Abeid, Perch (who is OK at cdm) Raylor, Vukic and Barfa to consider. Pretty decent strength in depth.

  • magicmac

    Jan 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Hi seems like a really nice lad, and a good professional, but the reality is he is simply not good enough to play for Newcastle in any position, in fact every time he comes on my heart is in my mouth, ive said it before and i will stand by my comments, james perch is only a championship player at best, i really hope Newcastle can get rid of him soon, ive nothing personal against the lad, but in my book he is not premiership standard. howay the lads.

  • max

    Jan 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #23

    just dont play him at the back four..

  • nufc786

    Jan 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #24

    well perchino has been doin a fine job at dm for a sub keep those perfomances up thats all im sayin. at least not all the fans are not slaughtering him now

  • jakesome

    Jan 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #25

    its true our only real holding midfielder is tiote so letting him go now wouldnt be the best move, but as soon as we have DM cover he needs to be oot

  • jukitsu

    Jan 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #26

    I think that Perch is good professional and we could use him as a impact sub. No way he is a CB but he can do the job in the second half as a DM when we are leading.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Perch has shown he is a better dmf than cd/fb, he certainly did not give SWP much room to move when he came on and his midfield appearances have been eminently acceptable.

    Apparently very much the professional in attitude and effort and as long as he is happy being a squad player in an upwardly moving squad in a big club then where is the desperate need to sell him on.

  • ToonFly

    Jan 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Re earlier comments on financial fair play rules. I think you’ll see then scrapped or with the aforementioned “holes” very evident. One reason is this….PSG have now got lots of cash (a la Citeh and Chelski) and who has a vested interest? Why none other than Platini – hater of the Premier League and any club that has too much cash. Now PSG have cash, watch the “rules” get watered down. Platini has influence and every reason (now) to quash the very rules he dreamt up.

    Shame for the Toon, because we WOULD do well if financial fair play rules were introduced.

    Having been livid at some of Ashley’s decisions and comms in the past, I am also a convert. We are in the press for the right reasons (football, not Joey and his effin Tweets), the club has a sound and proven transfer policy and we are turning the club around financially. So at the moment, MA has my support (whilst recognising previous f-ups) and I’m overjoyed to see the back of FF Shepherd and his gravy-soacked cuffs, JB and every other over-priced lazy-arse player who took our club for a ride.

    Haway the Lads!

  • nattapol_d

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Perth is the most danger defender I have ever seen. To his team not opposition.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Perch is the worst DEFENDER ever to play for us. No way he be a CB (he cause like 80% of total goal concede for NUFC) nor a full back.

    But i do agree he be a good defensive midfield ONLY if he play the remaining 10 mins and we are leading more than 2-0 (at least EVEN if he screw up, we still can maintain the lead)


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