As we reported yesterday, James Perch has become a key player for Newcastle through the end of the season.
James Perch – Newcastle’s official photo of the Mansfield-born player
Captain Fab Coloccini gets a scan on his injured hamstring today, so we will shortly get some idea on how much damage there is, and how many games the Argentine International will miss.
Of course Fabriicio is a hugely influential player at Newcastle, which is one reason he’s now the captain, so we will be a big miss.
James Perch is the player who will come in and he can certainly play well at center-back, which he did in the second half on Sunday.
And he was Man of the Match in that position at Brighton in the FA Cup earlier this year, when we were beaten 1-0.
James Perch talked to the local press today:
“It’s a massive blow for us that Colo is injured.” “He’s our captain and one of our best players.” “I had to go and fill in at centre-half, and I really enjoyed it.”
“He’s massive for us – he has been for a number of years now.” “I think everyone at the club was delighted when he signed a new contract.” “It was a massive win.”
“It’s a huge 10 games for us if we’re going to achieve what we want to achieve, and we’ve started off with two wins.” “This one was the better one of the two because its away from home.”
“We always seem to struggle against West Brom, so to go there and put in a performance like we did was a massive credit to the football club.” “Obviously, Colo’s come off the pitch, and that’s a massive blow for us.”
“I was just happy to get the 90 minutes out of the way and head back to Newcastle with the three points. It worked perfectly for me. I played left-back because we moved Jonas into midfield.”
“Then we got an injury to Colo, and we needed a centre-half, so I went there and we brought Davide on.” “We’re all just sticking together and working hard.”
“When he’s injured, though, we all know what a big miss he is. But with the quality, togetherness and team morale in the squad, we should be able to cope if he isn’t fit.”
Perch didn’t make the squad that made the tour of America last summer, and instead he was part of the Reserve team squad that toured Holland, and which contained a number of our Development players, including Sammy Ameobi.
It says a lot about the personalty and character of James, that he’s been able to come back and play 20 times for Newcastle this season, so far.
All teams need players like Perch, who are the ones who work their socks off for the side, while other players get all the headlines.
But it’s hard-working professionals like James Perch who become the unsung heroes of any successful side.
There will be some focus on James Perch while Colo is out injured, and if we are able to rack up the points in the next few games, it will be because of players like James, who are getting the job done for Newcastle.