Hughton Delighted With Newcastle – Perch In England Squad


It seems that Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew are part of a mutual admiration society.

James Perch in action at Arsenal

They both have a lot of time for each other, and Alan Pardew went out of his way to compliment Chris, on the great building job he did at Newcastle,  before Alan took over the reigns about eighteen months ago.

Chris Hughton is a class act, we all know that, and he had some good words to say about both Alan Pardew and Newcastle today in the local press:

“There’s no doubt that he has done a marvellous job and is a very, very good manager.” “I’m absolutely delighted at what Newcastle have achieved this season and I have to say that Alan has done really, really well.”

“I was very pleased at what he said about me and he was the right choice for manager of the year.” “He has led Newcastle back into Europe which is where they deserve to be, in my opinion.”

“What he has done really well is get the mix right and it is an outstanding achievement to get into the Europa League.” “The team now has a really balanced look because you have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front.”

“And those new signings have integrated so well with the rest of the group. And then he has got others playing very well.”  “James Perch was one that we signed, but he has been fantastic this season.”

And Chris is so right about the season James Perch had at Newcastle, when this year he has looked a very good player indeed in the black and white shirt.

And my son Neil has been telling me,  he thinks James could become a great player now at Newcastle – but let’s not get too carried away. 😀

Reader Douglas Berkley alerted me to this piece  yesterday, where a new web application Squaka has rated English players over the season,  and has listed the 23 man squad they would have selected – with their highest rated players.

And James Perch is the big surprise who is in the squad in defense – with most of the othercurrent  England players in their squad of 23.

Here’s their squad:

Goalkeepers:

Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Ben Foster (West Brom)
John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders:

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Ledley King (Tottenham)
James Perch (Newcastle United)
Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea).

Midfielders:

Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Leon Britton (Swansea)
Scott Parker (Tottenham)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Adam Johnson (Manchester City)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
James Milner (Manchester City).

Forwards:

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea)

That’s just unbelievable, and we wonder what James would look like in white?



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151 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Beattie25,

    Blackburn owners have hired a guy who works a s a pundit in asia. so he hadd vested interest in Rovers’s game when they were televised.

    He said “hoilett ony plays hen the ball is at his feet, else useless” so unless can do his magic, take a different route

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  • johng81

    May 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    almost got there first sad a know

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  • only magpie of nepal

    May 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Wow, player signed for less than 1 million could be the future England star.

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian

    I’m not trying to say he’s the worlds greatest player but I am saying he has bags of potential and we could turn him into an even better player.

    Hoilett is good but could be unbelievable!

    Try to defy my will

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Perch can’t play for England ad he is Brazilian

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I would probably prefer that team to the one we have going to the Euro’s at the moment!

    It seems as though we pick players based on reputation, instead of actually watching the players play.

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone else think modern football is travesty.

    Not only do the netter players get paiched but now even managers who have only proven themselves over a few seasons get handed big jobs and are stolen from small clubs.

    The safety of Norwich and Swansea has been placed on a knife edge due to this and it makes you think that the top clubs will monopolise football.

    Anyway what do I care? We are a top club again!!

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    HBA had the same attitude Indian its all about growing up and developing the right sttitude to the game. If hoillet played LW for us in a 433 he would be immense its that simple.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Dammit! I actually thought this was real news! I was telling people for weeks that perch and Britton should have had a shot at the England squad given their appearances and got laughed at. When I saw the headline I thought I was gonna have some massives ‘hAAAAAAS’ to say in peoples faces.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    i like the fact that the big clubs are giving young relatively unproven managers a crack at the top. Thats what a managers career consists of building up good reps so they can move on and manage a better club.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    And looking over that list I would definitely have that over the existing one.

    Not Ferdinand or king – baines and Cahill instead.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Fatman i am afraid i willl have to side with the people laughing at you. Perch for England LMAO.

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  • Beattie25

    May 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Anybody else see that Chevrolet have become the ‘official’ car for man utd?

    It’s funny seeing all the big teams find new ways of getting massive sponsorship so that they can fall in line with the financial fair play rules.

    I tell you, it’s not going to make one bit of difference to the massive clubs spending copious amounts of money!!

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Nufc 83

    I don’t see why. Imagine this scenario. England are 2-0 up with twenty minutes to go (that you can laugh at) who would you rather come on to run the clock down. Someone who is tireless. Can tackle. Someone who knows cabaye well from training with him all season. Someone who would put himself about.

    Or someone like downing. After this season who deserves it more.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Lol no it wont as the likes of ETIHAD will sponsor City for 300M if thats what they intend to spend.

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  • thebionicMAG

    May 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    @Beattie25

    You are like marmite, we either love your posts or hate them. I for one can’t get enough.
    “Perch can’t play for England ad he is Brazilian”

    Genius!
    🙂

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    fatman that situation does not apply as you would not bring downing on to protect the lead the likes of Phil Jones would be brought on in that case.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Or Parker but guessing he may start.

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  • jayphoto

    May 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    lol i love perch, but hes not an international player! would do well for wales maybe or northern ireland! The players i think should have gone to poland/ukraine were Forster, Richards and Joe Cole (great season in france)
    Think carroll might take the tournament by storm! Henderson is another 1 that could surprise people! wouldn’t have taken downing myself though!

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  • UTD111

    May 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Presumably this software didn’t cover english players who play abroad – like Fraser Forster at Celtic.

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  • jakesome

    May 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #21

    what a class act houghton is. no bitterness at all

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    I think that Micah Richards not going is a travesty best RB in the league imo.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Jay – I can see people’s objections but I actually would have prepared a bit of audacity, a bit of bravery and thinking outside the box from a new manager. Cappello had ages to experiment, as did previous managers but they have always gone safe. Always picked your international players..

    Where’s that got us?

    It’s time for reality. We’re almost certainly not going to win the euros. We’re unlikely to get out of the group.

    But I would have liked some bollocks for a change. A statement that the international players won’t always get their places. They actually have to play for it.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Meh, Micah Richards wasn’t playing enough. Kyle Walker is better than him and i’d say Phil Jones is.

    Glen Johnson going, confuses the shit out of me! I’d definitely take him over Johnson.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    FatmanJoe

    Thats exactly what i’m thinking. We’re not going to win the Euro’s with basically the same team we had at the World Cup, so why not mix it up a bit.

    We have a shortage of technical players, so what do we do? Leave them out of the squad…

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Phil Jones is nowhere near micah richards imo as for walker it would be a close call. I believe he played 38 games this season so how is that not enough?

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    On tw previous article I commented about messi and hoilett. Do people here read anything or just make comments without actually thinking about what others say.

    I clearly said messi was a total different class to hoilett but messi never dominated til he was 21. He did well and looked gold doing some things but often wasted the ball and frustrated his team.

    The past 3 years messi has been fantastic and turned from a very talented player to world class. He never scored anywhere near the amount he does now at 17/18.

    Hoilett is not in the same league but he does have some great skills and a good shot. He just needs to be given time to develop with a food squad around him. And Blackburn he wit have had the passes to the same quality as what cabaye and Ben arfa can provide him. And he won’t have the runs being made like cisse and ba will. He will only improve at Newcastle and therefore must be worth a bid when he is on a free.

    If he was as bad as some think why would he be linked with arsenal, spurs and Bayern. I know it’s only paper talk but if he was as poor as some say he would be linked with teams like reading, Norwich, Swansea etc.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    So if you dont pick these international players who will you take. Perch as said which is a joke- what other options have you got???

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    I like Richards and don’t like to see him wasting on the bench.

    Would happily have him here

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #30

    He was dropped at the end of the season for Zabaletta and you could argue Jones, Perch and even Ryan Taylor are better defensively than Richards.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    I think Roy has picked a squad which has played in the qualifiers. I’d he chucked in a lot of new players now he wouldn’t have the time to get then to gel.

    I think Roy has made the best of a bad situation. He will try and pick a consistent team, get them organised and try to grind out wins like Chelsea did in the champions league.

    Roy should be judged on his squad for the work cup qualifiers. That is when he will shape his own England team. Take the older players who have a good euros and mix them with the younger, talented players comin through.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    WOW Ryan taylor and Jonas better defensively than Richards please some people on here make me laugh so hard.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Phil Jones, not Jonas…

    And yes, Richards has very poor positioning, if you think he’s a great defender you’re wrong.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Rich

    I can see why but the FA have already said they’re backing him to the world cup and expectations actually aren’t there for once.. I see it as a missed opportunity is all.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #35

    Nufc 83

    It makes you laugh, it makes me cry. same sentiments though

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    The only negative comment I have read about Richards is from Capello and mancini who say he struggles to follow tactical plans.

    He can defend and attack very well but if he can’t follow plans it could disrupt the shape of a team. He would be fine in a team like spurs or barca

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #37

    The only negative comment I have read about Richards is from Capello and mancini who say he struggles to follow tactical plans.

    He can defend and attack very well but if he can’t follow plans it could disrupt the shape of a team. He would be fine in a team like spurs or barca who look to attack but teams like man city or England (definitely in this tournament) who will look to be solid and compact that could be a liability.

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  • Nufc-83

    May 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Ah ok Jones yes i would say you are correct he probably is a better defender than richards as his real position is a Cb i would expect that. Raylor is still laughable though as he is a shocking defender. Richards is strong unbeatable in the air and very quick. I agree he gets caught out of position but i think a large part of that is he bombs down the right and can leave the team a little exposed a little like santon.

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  • Colo-Sus

    May 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39

    The articles are really boring at the minute, not your fault though Ed just quiet on the toon front

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    I’ve got a mental image of people sitting in front of their screen laughing aloud and crying and showing a whole array of emotions because some stranger on the other side of the world disagreed with them over an England team selection.

    Seems like strange behaviour.

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