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Newcastle’s Brazilian Star Could Become Starter Next Season

9:19 am, Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Last year at this time James Perch looked like he was on his way out of the club, after being a huge disappointment at Newcastle in his first full season on Tyneside, when he played only 15 times and picked up 6 yellow cards in the process.

Perchinho - the new James Perch – looks the part

But last season, after being left out of the squad that toured America,  he forced his way back into Alan Pardew’s plans, and played some great games for Newcastle at center-back, right back and central midfield, and James, to his huge credit, is now a valuable member of the Newcastle squad.

We wonder if he can keep improving to become an even bigger player for Newcastle next season, when he will taste European football for the first time in his career.

The lads will all report back to Benton a week on Thursday, apart from Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Tim Krul, who have been participating in the Euro 2012 Championships,  and will be given extra time off.

And the fact that James has made terrific come-back in his career on Tyneside, is not the only strange thing that happened to the 26 year-old last season, but he is now called Perchinho, and apparently he was now born in Brazil.

That may come as a big surprise to his mother,  among other people. :D

James has become a popular player on Tyneside, and he always across across as a down to earth professional in the interviews he gives, and he had this to say yesterday on the Newcastle web-site:

“We’re looking forward to next season – and the fact that we might have a lot more games than we did last season because of Europe.”  “We’d like to have a good cup run next year and do better than we did last year, so we’re looking at probably 50-plus games at the end of it.”

“It’ll be gruelling but we’re looking forward to it, and the lads are just recharging now and getting themselves right for next season.”  “When I came in, I like to think I did well.”  “I managed to play a bit more than I did in the previous year so that was great and to be part of a successful team that did really well was a massive plus for me.

“I think the run that we went on at the end of the season – six wins on the bounce at a vital time – stood out, and our form at the beginning of the season, when we started so well.

“Beating Man United at home was special and so was Liverpool at home. That was a great game and it was a massive highlight of mine because I played.”  “And all year long, I think everyone could see the team spirit that helped make it a great season.”

Good words from Perchinho there.

The versatile 26-year-old has an excellent chance next season to become an even better player at Newcastle, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that this lad could force his way into becoming a starter again, maybe at one of the full-back spots?

It’s unlikely, but if he improves as much as he did last season, he could play a lot of games for Newcastle next season.

That’s what we are hoping for,  with Newcastle’s new Brazilian star. :D

Comments welcome.



Tags: Europa League · European Competition · James Perch · Newcastle News



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieToon89 // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Weve agreed a £386k deal for Curtis Good who we had on trial recently.. Told yous i sensed a signing ha

  • 2 cyprus // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    You know,
    forgot about Marveaux! Hope he and Taylor can stay fit to make some kind of impact. I fear the ‘Dyer’ effect!

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Cyprus….Our season will be dramatically helped if both of those two can stay fit for a season. Both really good players.

  • 4 davybtoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yJZL2mY0Q-s

    This for the person who asked who macro pappa was he’s got one hell of a shot on him

  • 5 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Perch starting games means we have failed this summer imo

  • 6 redondo77 // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I thought we already signed a Brazilian player.

  • 7 markmac // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    @ 2 & 3, i think it will be inportant not to rush them back into playing too many minutes too quickly like ben arfa last season, do you agree?

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Yo Child Beater…..Agreed. Although he has come on leaps and bounds and I know longer have this fear build up in me when I see his name on a team sheet, it’s not really a positive move for the future making him a general starter. He is a great utility player, to have on the bench to cover many eventualities.

    Either way, glad he’s part of the squad

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Markmac….To some extent, yes. I’m not sure Arfa’s slow introduction was all about his injury / fitness, but also his attitude. If Taylor is ready to go, he’ll be thrown in to the mix imo. Marveaux will probably be gradually introduced though.

    Obviously depends on who we bring in this summer also

  • 10 jesperfuglsang // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I think Perch is what you call a fringe player that really came through last season. I think it is up to him to prove he belong here and maybe even force himself into the starting 11.

    Do I think it willhappen: No! But we are going to need everyone next season. But for me it is more important that we get the best out of the likes of Gosling, Vuckic and Abeid. Those are the future.

  • 11 seantoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Geordietoon were do u get ur news from all the time?

  • 12 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Ibiza
    Haha the nickname still gets a laugh mate

    And yeah I agree he’s good to have around to fill holes but the holes that were there last season should be covered in this window for me

    RB (if Simmo leaves), CB and LB though CDM he could remain as cover for as imo that’s his best position

  • 13 markmac // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    ibiza – yes i think your right regards HBA and i think AP played a blinder there, because he came back a far better player defensively without loosing anything going forward! regards tayls yes he’s a brave lad, always up for it, just hope he doesnt over do it too soon and ends up out again,

  • 14 jesperfuglsang // Jun 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Who is it we call child beater again?

  • 15 Borstal Breakout // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Cliche ”first time posting, long time reader ”(3 years) comment.

    Perch will play an important role with the extra Europa fixtures next season, can’t see him starting too many PL matches though, fully agree with those saying if he starts regularly we’ve not done a particularly good job over this transfer window.

  • 16 Shiremagpies // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    morning gents, hows things, just catching up on transfer activity, im using this site and goal.com?? does this site have any credability in your opinion. , alright ibiza, hows it going mate, see the optimism is stillin full flow…. good to see.

  • 17 GeordieLander // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Perchinho – I have loads of respect for this man !

    After years of watching under performing, self indulged cash grabbers it is so refreshing to watch a player who clearly loves the game and grabbed the opportunity presented to him with both hands. He is clearly no shrinking violet and showed real steel to never give up and make a lot of doubters (including myself) to think again. Full Respect Mr Perch and thank you for showing passion and pride which is clearly contagious in this current crop of St James Stars !
    Europe here we come !

  • 18 Cool Hand Luke // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Have i been watching a different player? some of his performances were immense. How many times was he voted man of the match on this blog? i can remember 2 at least and when you consider he only played a handful of games! Thats impressive. James ‘superhero tackle’ Perchinho to boss the midfield in the Europa league, and you can take that to the (non natwest) bank




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