26 year old James Perch’s star at Newcastle has been rising over the last season, and he will likely play a lot of games for Newcastle this season, with Newcastle also playing in the Europe League, and James is likely to start every game in Europe.
James Perch – excellent utility player for Magpies
James had this to say today in the local press:
“It wasn’t an ideal start to the season because we travelled for five hours to Greece, played the game, got back to London, played the Chelsea match straight after which is very unfair.”
“Whoever is in charge of things like that need to look at it again because it was not a level playing field.” “You need to look after yourselves in football, because playing midweek then at the weekend puts an enormous strain on the body and we have all got a few knocks.”
“Personally I’ve got a bad neck and hopefully it will heal quickly. It is spasms of pain really, but I’m on medication so hopefully that will do the trick and I’ll be ready for Everton.”
“I’ve always known if I worked hard at my game that I would have a future at Newcastle.” “I’ve always been confident of myself. That’s what I have done since I joined and the manager has stuck with me.”
“I hope I have started to pay Alan Pardew back a little for his faith in me. I’ve got my own song! It’s always nice to hear that coming down from the stands, a great boost for me.”
“To be honest, I don’t really listen to the transfer news. I know I am staying and I don’t really care about anything else. As long as I am here that is what matters to me.” “In the dressing room we are just trying to black that out, because we know what we have got to do.”
“We are a good side, with some great players in there and we have got to back up last year by doing it again.” “That’s what all the top sides do and we want to be a top team.” “The teams who get into the Europa League are there because they succeeded the year before, so we know what we are up against.”
“We take that as a massive achievement and we are not going to take the Europa League lightly.”
Alan Pardew has his orders that the Premier League is the most important for Newcastle this season, which means he will play his strongest side each weekend, but that doesn’t mean we cannot play a strong side in Europe too.
Players like James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Shola Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana are some players who will likely start most games in Europe, and if the youngsters can come through this season, there’s no reason we cannot do well in the Europa League.
James is the type of player who can become very useful to Newcastle this season, as we know he can play in defensive midfield and anywhere along the back four, and he’s shown he’s more than competent in any one of those positions.
James’ contract runs out a year next June, so we are hoping he will get a contract extension at Newcastle, and sooner rather than later.
James may have a pain in the neck at the moment, but he’s anything but that on Tyneside, and he’s become a valuable player for Newcastle over the last twelve months or so - after failing to make the squad for last summer’s American tour.
For the record, James has made 47 appearances for the Magpies since signing two years ago from Nottingham Forest for around £1M, and he’s likely to add significantly to that number this season.
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