This Newcastle Player An Unlikely Folk Hero

Who Needs Mourinho? – We’ve Got Perchinho is a chant that’s  being sung by Newcastle fans at  the Newcastle matches lately.

Perchinho – Newcastle’s new star this year

It’s in praise of James Perch, who some of us last season thought wasn’t good enough for the Premier League.

But James has been a star for Newcastle this year, and he is now a  trusted player in the famous black and white shirt of the Magpies.

Perch came on for Cabaye after just 60 minutes last Saturday against Stoke, after Yohan had scored two goals and made one, and James again got the job done for Newcastle in the 3-0 win.

We expect James to get on some playing time today at Wigan too, depending on how the game goes at the DW Stadium, but who will be reeled in for Perch to come on – we don’t know (sorry).

James very much appreciates the support he is getting from the Newcastle fans, and he had this to say today:

“I think it started when we were away at West Brom. Since then it has snowballed into my new nickname – and I do enjoy it.”  “When the faithful are singing it on a Saturday afternoon, it gives you a real buzz and it is really nice to hear.”

“This is something I have never had to deal with before.”  “John Carver and the other staff call me Perchinho and maybe it is a bit of a joke, but I have been called a lot worse.”   “It has gone well for me.”

“I have come into a lot of games, played different positions and the fans notice I always give 100 per cent.”  “If you work hard and do your best, they will back you.”  “They do that with all the lads and we deserve it.”

“The foreign players get a hard time when they come over here about not working, but our boys have been excellent since they have arrived.”  “It is those boys who have lifted us up to fourth place.”

“We have a good starting eleven who are playing very well.”  “It is up to the guys on the bench such as myself, Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling to show we are ready when we are needed.”

“Ryan showed earlier this season what the gaffer wants when he went into left-back, played really well and kept his place until he picked up an injury.” “It is good the gaffer can look at all seven subs and know they can do a job.”

In fact James Perch has epitomized the fight and no-nonsense of the Newcastle side this season, and even though he’s not a starter, James is an important player for the team.

The Mansfield-born lad  has just two years left on his four year contract at Newcastle, and it would not surprise us much,  if he gets an extension to that deal this summer.

And because the squad has been so improved this season, it will be important to keep as many players as possible on board, such as James, Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie, and in addition bring in up to five new players.

If Newcastle can do that, then we will be challenging somewhere in the top four next season – and that has to be the goal – and it’s also way ahead of schedule.

It all sounds very good to us.

Howay The Lads!!