With Newcastle likely to play a lot of games in the coming season, James Perch – also known by his alter ego as Brazilian star Perchinho (at least on this web-site) – is one fringe player who will get lots of games for Newcastle United in the coming season, and will likely play a lot of his football in Europe too.
Newcastle’s James Perch - also know as Brazilian star Perchinho
James Perch has proved himself a very reliable player for Newcastle, whether it be in either full-back position, center-back or in defensive midfield, and last season he became a well respected player of the squad, after struggling in his first season at the club.
Perch seems to be looking forward to the coming season and was interviewed by the local press this morning:
“When you look at it, we’ve got the European games, and hopefully a better cup run than in the last couple of years.” “That means more games in the calendar for Newcastle, which hopefully means more games for me.”
“Versatility’s the key, and I’m willing to step in wherever and whenever.” “It was good.” “It was a tough test coming here. We knew we’d have to put in a shift – they’re a physical side – but, to be fair, the lads put the game to bed in the first 20 minutes.”
“I thought we played some great stuff.” “The great support we had will have seen we passed the ball really well and scored some good goals.” “When you’ve got players like Shola, Marveaux and Romain up front, and Gosling playing in behind with his creativity and his late runs into the box, you’re going to get goals.”
“We had fresh subs coming on – Hatem and Mehdi Abeid – and they played really well, as well.” “We’ve been gearing ourselves up for this Tottenham game for the last six or seven weeks. It’s a tough start to the season – we know the fixtures we’ve got.”
“We’ve got the European fixtures too.” “It’s about getting fit, getting minutes under our belt, staying injury-free and being as well prepared as we can be.” Perch, who played his part in last season’s Europa League qualification, says he’s good to go.”
“I’m pleased. I’ve got minutes under my belt. Touch wood, I’m injury-free.” “I can’t be more pleased.” “That was my aim before the start of pre-season.” “It’s tough if you get an injury.”
Good words form James Perch there, and he may yet be the reason that Newcastle hold off on signing another center-back this summer.
That’s because he can play well alongside a recognized center-back, and young Curtis Good could also come through the ranks very quickly next season.
James was impressive in the central defensive midfield position on Tuesday night at Victoria Park, before he went back to center-back, and it’s versatile players like James who are so important to any successful squad.
Perchinho made 28 appearances for Newcastle last season, and if he’s in the same form he was earlier this year, he will see even more playing time next term for Newcastle.
Wonder if he’ll make the Brazilian squad for the World Cup in 2014?
What do you think?
Note – this article is dedicated to those Newcastle fans with a sense of humor.