We expect James Perch to keep his position in central midfield alongside Danny Guthrie for today’s tough game at White Hart Lane.
James Perch – will play alongside Danny Guthrie in midfield
And that’s because Yohan Cabaye serves the third game of his three match suspension for violent conduct, and Cheick Tiote will be playing for the Ivory Coast in the final of the African Cup of Nations against Zambia tomorrow night.
But both midfielders will be available for the next Newcastle game, which is at home to Wolves in two weeks time.
Jame Perch has surprised a number of fans with his good form of late, and he started by playing very well in the disappointing FA Cup loss at Brighton at center-back in place of Coloccini.
And then in the last one and a half games, the Mansfield-born player has looked very solid as a stand-in for Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield for Newcastle.
It’s a big game today at White Hart Lane for the Magpies, but James is right when he says it’s also a big game for Spurs, and maybe the pressure will be more on them:
“It’s a massive game for us, but a massive game for them as well,” “They are going well at the moment and are maybe looking to win the league.”
“You look at Spurs’ squad, and when you look at in depth you probably shouldn’t be too surprised as they have got great players who can play at the highest level.”
“But we have done really well as well. People expected us to get relegated, or at least struggle, but we are proving people wrong week after week.”
“Everyone in the dressing room believes we can go to Spurs and win. We’ve been to some tough places this year and have got results when people thought we wouldn’t get anything.”
“This is no different. We know it’s going to be a tough game, of course, but we are playing well and there is a lot of belief in the dressing room.”
“I won’t know if I’ll stay in defensive midfield until much nearer the match, but Cabs is still suspended and Cheick is still away so it’s looking like that,”
“I’ve only been here 18 months and I think I’ve played in five or six positions, but it doesn’t bother me at all. People ask me if it winds me up and gets on my nerves, but if I couldn’t play centre-midfield then I wouldn’t have played the
last few games.
“If I’m honest, being versatile has brought me a lot more games in my career than I would have got if I had just nailed down one position, so I’m happy with that.”
Indeed since Alan Pardew arrived at the club, James Perch has seemed a happy man on Tyneside, at least this season, and it helps when the manager has faith in you.
James got off to a poor start at the beginning of last season, and as soon as Danny Simpson was available, he lost the starting right-back position in October of 2010 to Danny, and has struggled at Newcastle.
But this season he has played in the Carling Cup games and has made a number of substitute appearances and in all has 15 appearances for Newcastle this season, and is proving to be a very good squad player.
He’s played 16 times for Newcastle this season and that beats his 15 appearances for the club last season.
This afternoon will be a huge test for both Danny Guthrie and James Perch, and we’re just hoping they can hold the very strong Tottenham midfield, and that Ba and Cisse up front can score with any chances, or even half chances they may get.
If they can do that then Newcastle could come away with a shock result tonight, but the lads are going to have to be somehow near their very best to do that.
What do you think?