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