It’s really a great story-line, the way James Perch has improved with some stellar performances for Newcastle since the turn of the year, and in different positions on the pitch too.
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Newcastle take on Swansea City tomorrow afternoon, and Swansea are one of the best footballing sides in the Premier League, as they try to play the Barcelona way and keep the ball and frustrate their opponents.
James has played against them when he was at his home-town club Nottingham Forest, and he had this to say in the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I’ve had experience playing against Swansea for Nottingham Forest. We never used to like playing against them because of how they keep the ball,”
“That was Forest, this is Newcastle who are a much better team. It will be a different task to recent weeks. West Brom are similar but not as effective passing the ball.”
“You know what you’re going to get. They don’t change to play against anyone – be that Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Wigan.”
“They stick to their formation and pass the ball at every opportunity. We know what to expect, definitely. We know we’ll get worked out of possession – credit to them.”
“I can’t get away from that Perchinio nickname now!” “It’s flattering really.” “Who would have thought it a year and a half ago with all the bad times I had at the start of last season?”
“I probably wouldn’t have thought something like that would have happened. But I’m enjoying it and when you’re beating Liverpool 2-0 and your name is ringing around St James’ Park it’s a good feeling. The manager loves it!”
“The players haven’t given me much stick for it . . . Yet!”
Perch had a tough time of it since arriving on Tyneside, and he’s admitted he didn’t play well at the beginning of his Newcastle career, but it’s a reflection of the lad’s character that’s hes come back so well this season and Alan Pardew’s man-management also has to take some credit for that too.
But James is as honest as the day is long, and there’ s nothing better that fans like to see than a hard working player who gives 100% for Newcastle in every single game.
That’s one reason the Geordie fans are taking to James big time, and the mutual admiration society will only increase, the more we see James put in those excellent performances for the side.
Keep it up Perchinio.