James Perch is one of the best professionals at Newcastle.
James Perch – has been great for Newcastle this year
Last season he had a tough time of it, and once Danny Simpson had recovered from that bad ankle injury, he came straight back in at right-back and James Perch lost his first team place.
And he didn’t regain it last season, and it looked like James Perch had been a bad buy, a player signed from Nottingham Forest, who we were hoping could make the step up to the Premier League.
He didn’t do that last season, but since the turn of this year in particular, his performances have improved dramatically, and the low maintenance player is fast becoming a fan favorite, and he deserves to be too.
His play on Sunday, when he was drafted in at center-back, to replace the injured Coloccini was excellent, and we look to James having another solid game at the back at Swansea on Friday, and then against Bolton at home next Monday.
James epitomizes the great spirit in Newcastle’s side this season, and a source close to the player said:
“James is very happy at Newcastle and the fans really seem to have taken to him.”
“Of course things change quickly in football but he is happy and the club seem happy with him.”
“If the club get into Europe they will need a big squad.”
It seems there may not be too much going on with the contacts of our players, until we know if Newcastle are in Europe for next season, but if the lads make it, don’t be surprised if some of our current players get extensions to their contracts.
Ryan Taylor has already signed one, and we wouldn’t be surprised if James get an extension to his contract, which runs out two years come June.
Danny Simpson has no doubts that James can get the job done for Newcastle:
“His performances are want you want,” “The manager said before its not about the 11, its about the squad. People are going to get suspended or injured – it’s a squad game.”
“The manager said all along he expects our training levels to be high because you never know, come Saturday or Sunday the subs might have to get thrown on and perform.”
“James is the perfect example of that. He got thrown on at left-back against Arsenal and did really well against Walcott, then there was the weekend. He’s done really well at center mid as well.”
“It just goes to show the squad we’ve got, we work hard and anyone can come in.”
Good words there from Danny, and if James keeps up his solid performances, he could stay at Newcastle long term, and come to think of it, we still wonder what Danny Simpson’s intentions are.
The two Dannys – Simpson and Guthrie, still have to sign new deals with Guthrie’s current four year deal running out in June, and we’d like to see both of these players sign new deals to stay on Tyneside.
That’s especially true if we qualify for the Europa League next season, and if we do, maybe Newcastle can offer some of their players improved contract offers?
All we can say to James Perch is to keep doing what you’re doing – the 26 year-old has been simply fantastic for Newcastle lately!