Alan Pardew has always supported James Perch, since the Londoner came to the club in December of 2010.
James Perch – played well in the last two games
And it’s also true that James has struggled on Tyneside since he arrived from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010, and we though Alan liked James because he was the ultimate professional.
In the last couple of games he’s proved he’s not too bad a player either, as he was the star man at Brighton last Saturday filling in for the injured Fab Coloccini.
And then last night his introduction for Ben Arfa in the second half seemed to change the game, and gave Newcastle a solidity in central midfield they had lacked in that first half.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“This is what the squad’s about. We had one or two who had the option to go out on loan, but the players told them to stay.”
“James Perch was excellent. He was one of our better players at Brighton, but I left him out because our captain was back. I thought he was a big reason why we won.”
“It just goes to show what a credit he is to his profession.” “I’m delighted – we came through a few tests. We had some key players missing.”
“Losing Cabaye in the morning was another hammer blow, and we wondered when our luck would turn.”
“But it turned tonight – we had a few breaks in the game. The first goal was fortunate. We had a penalty save. They had a couple of chances that perhaps could have gone in.”
James Perch was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and is now showing he’s a very good utility player, and is joining Ryan Taylor as an important player of the Newcastle squad.
James Perch like Ryan Taylor can come into the side and play well in a number of different positions for the Magpies.
And Pardew has used Perch late in games this season to shore up the Newcastle team, as they play out the game, but he did that very early last night.
James now has 16 appearances this season and 14 last season, and it says a lot about the character of the lad, that he’s hung in there over the last 18 months.
But the 26 year-old is now likely to start in central midfield alongside Danny Guthrie, in the home game against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
It also says something about Alan Pardew’s abilities, that he’s brought the best out of both James Perch and Ryan Taylor this season.
We need players like James in the Newcastle squad.