We thought James Perch fitted in extremely well on Saturday afternoon alongside Steven Taylor, and both center-backs had good games, with Steven Taylor taking more of a leadership role as the game progressed, but he was ably backed up by Perchinho.
James Perch – terrific squad player for Newcastle
And even though Newcastle were without their star captain Fabricio Coloccini, the defense looked solid enough, and certainly a lot better than we looked the previous weekend at Cardiff City.
Perchinho again showed he can come into the Newcastle first team and get the job done in a number of different positions, and his form on Saturday may be enough to convince the powers that be at Newcastle that we don’t need another center-back brought in before September, although we have again been linked with FC Twente’s Douglas today.
Newcastle are likely to hand starts to Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and James Tavernier on Thursday in Athens, and if Colo is fit again we could see James Perch again start in central defense, this time partnering Mike Williamson, and Steven Taylor and Colo could well start the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Alan Pardew has today praised the performance of James on Saturday, and we also thought he did an excellent job, although he didn’t stand out, but that’s because he was quietly getting the job done at the back for Newcastle.
This is what Alan said today:
“Who would have predicted that Perchie would have started the game, but he was excellent.” “I’ve got great players, and they need to play.” “They all need to contribute.”
“If I can get their heads around the fact that three or four are going to be left behind, they accept that, and we get the same attitude in Athens, we should win.”
It’s a little bit of a mystery as to who will make the plane to Athens tomorrow morning, for the first leg of the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, but don’t be surprised if James Perch is on the plane, and starts the game on Thursday night.
Perchinho is building quite a name for himself on Tyneside for his solid performances for Newcastle United this year, and don’t be surprised if James is soon offered a contract extension at Newcastle.
He deserves it.
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