Alan Pardew is not getting carried away with Newcastle’s high position in the league table.
James Perch challenges Peter Odemwingie on Sunday
We are trying to keep our feet on the ground too, but we have to keep pinching ourselves sometimes, like at half time on Sunday, when Newcastle had just ripped apart a decent West Brom apart and were leading 3-0.
Newcastle have a chance to get to 59 points this season, and that would be the highest points total since the great (the very great) Bobby Robson had us in 3rd place back in 2003, with a massive 69 points, behind only Manchester United and Arsenal.
Newcastle have four games left at home, and four games left away this season, and how many points we can get out of those 8 games is anybody’s guess.
Newcastle stand in 6th place in the league, and 8 points clear of Liverpool in 7th place, and that could be enough if either Spurs, Chelsea or Liverpool win the FA Cup to qualify for the Europa League next season.
That’s only one reason why it will be very important to beat Liverpool on Sunday, because then we would be 11 points clear of Liverpool with just 7 games to go, and if either of those three sides win the FA Cup, we’re in the Europa League if we finish 6th.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today, starting first with our injured captain:
“Coloccini is the one to worry about.” “I don’t think he’s going to make next Sunday against Liverpool.” “We have to really hope that it isn’t a bad hamstring pull.”
“He will certainly miss the next two or three games and that’s when you need somebody like Perch, who was phenomenal at left-back and then centre-back.”
“We’ve had a great year so far.” “But we still have the most important games to go. And we have to finish well.” “That’s the most important thing. It’s there for us and in front of us.”
“There are some good games on paper but you have to win them.”
James Perch is starting to make a name for himself at Newcastle, and he’s been a pleasant surprise this season, after some of us thought he just wasn’t good enough for the Premier League.
But his performances this year are proving he can more than hold his own in the Premier League, and in many different positions too, and he is consistent with his performances.
James is a great professional and now he has a chance to show Newcastle fans just how good he really is, and if he continues to shine, don’t be surprised if Alan Pardew extends his contract at Newcastle.
His current four year deal runs out in the summer of 2014.
For the record, James has appeared 20 times for Newcastle this season, and has picked up only one yellow crad.
That contrasts nicely with his 15 appearances last season, when he set a record of five yellow cards in his first five games in the Premier League, and ended up with 6 yellow cards in total, so he’s put some discipline into his play this season.
He’s a good lad is James.