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Perch Certainly Not A Pain In The Neck To Magpies

10:30 am, Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

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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62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Slow doon ed!!
    Perchinho has proved himself more than once. Starting right back for me next week if he’s fit.
    Playing catchup here. 1) I reckon we can get top 6 if our players perform how we know they can. 2) xisco, euro games? Do you think he can turn things arround? 3) people saying drogba, anelka on free… I think its too late. Stoke have had to ask permission to add owen to their squad of 25 beacuse they signed him after the deadline of submitting it. I don’t think the fa would allow us to push it that far. Also their wages would be ‘arrrrrrgggghhhh!’

  • 2 toonLYF // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM


  • 3 Cool Hand Luke // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Perch is the epitome of a solid player. Anyone know what the perch song is?

  • 4 Super Magpie // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM


    Transfer Sage

    I don’t see Liverpool and fulham finishing in the top 8.
    I can honestly see the bindippers finishing in the bottom half. ( I said this before the season started, not because they have 1pt from 3 games)

    Fulham look much weaker than last season. They’ve lost Zamora, Dempsey, Pogbrenyak and Dembele, and brought in Petric ( decent player), Berbatov ( past his best), and Rodallega ( vastly overrated).

    Everton look good but their squad is also quite thin, but they don’t have Europe to contend with so they could be up there.

    Arsenal look the best out of all the teams, I think they’ll finish 4th.
    Everyone says they’ll struggle to score goals without RVP. The will always score goals. They create so many chances and play the best football in the league. Plus they’re not conceding either, surprisingly.

    Spurs is a funny one. They have good players but I think it could he the Case with Chelsea last season with AVB. They’ve bought well. But he tried to sell a lot of the squad and failed. So it could be a case of do the players actually want to play for him.

    Obviously those are just my views but nobody knows what will happen. We’ll just have hope we can do as well as last season.

  • 5 toonLYF // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Cool Hand Luke –

    We’ve got Perchinho, We’ve got Perchinho…WE’VE GOT PERCHINHO etc… he absolutely loves it!

  • 6 Graeme // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    An under-rated player proving that he can do a great job, wherever he is asked to play. What’s not to like??

  • 7 RonVanDam // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Heard Sammy was back in training today

  • 8 HullMag6 // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM


    I see optimism valley is struggling with the avalanche from moaning mount.

    I anticipate top 6 if we achieve our potential and maybe a cup run if our luck is with us. Hopefully reinforce with a couple on jan and more next summer, dont forget we were ahead of schedule last season.

    Over achievement gents something we never expected after relegation.

  • 9 martoon // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    For those saying we should go after Anelka/Drogba. Would they not be classed as ‘Marquee signings’ that were specifically mentioned in the 5 year plan that we WOULD NOT be signing again.

  • 10 JDdubai // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    The lack of spending is less of a worry than pardew wasting our talented players with poor formations and persisting with players who are not in form.

  • 11 check the toastie // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Good old Perchu, lad has come on leaps and bounds, should play RB.

  • 12 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Sorry Ed, please clarify:
    “Alan Pardew has his orders that the Premier League is the most important for Newcastle this season..”
    What does the above mean?
    To win the PL? Surely not.
    To finish in the top 4? AP has already told us to not even hope for last year’s success.
    To avoid the drop? Surely not!
    So, I’ll agree with Perch, DO NOT take the Europa Cup lightly. We are not Man. U. who can afford to do that. It’s not CL but it’s a great success and it gives us visibility (i.e. good for attracting players). So, if like AP says we won’t finish very high this year (he and many on here will be thrilled with say 8th), then THIS is our European chance, so don’t treat it like it’s the milk cup or something.

  • 13 BigKirky // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    A prime exanple of confidence and belief working wonders in football.

    Obertan is the next on the list. Early signs seem good with him this season. He even knocked it round the full back and attacked him On the outside on Sunday. Hope he can reproduce his Bordeaux form once again.

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Cyrpus…..It means PL is our priority tournament. If we go all out for EL, will we win? What would happen to our PL status? It would likely take a serious battering.

    I would guess we get more money by finishing higher in the PL than progressing through the EL. We will also be keeping out profile by qualifying for EL again.

    It is dangerous to put your eggs in to the Cuo basket and you know it. That is why the PL is our priority.

    Are you really that clueless or are you trying to make a point?

    Also, Pardew has said it will be difficult to match last seasons success, not that we can’t or wont. I would imagine the “target” this season is to re-qualify for the EL.

  • 15 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Hull……Struggling Optimism? Not a chance 🙂

  • 16 pardews waxwork lips // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Can’t help but think sky have concluded our transfer business good purely because of last year. Just incase our signings are gems and come good so they aren’t left with egg on the face?

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    pwl….Or maybe they think that whilst not spectacular, it hasn’t been bad…i.e. Good.

    Success or failure doesn’t leave any middle ground, which is realistically where our window probably sits – somewhere in the middle.

  • 18 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    To requalify (hopefully) for EL to treat it lightly once more?
    “Are you really that clueless or are you trying to make a point?” Not sure what you mean by that but the answer is the latter 🙂 Clueless regarding what? How much we’ll make if we finish, say 8th vs,. if we win the EL? Do you know the exact figures and, do you really care?

  • 19 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Of course, in case I didn’t make it clear, is that both tournaments should be equally important. The other domestic cups should be considered less important, yes.

  • 20 geordie157 // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Perch has probably become one of my favourite players, never thought I’d be saying that!

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Cyprus….The way I see it is we have three choices.

    1) Stay below European places and tick along without any real need for growth.
    2) Invest heavily and push for CL and try and secure CL football for our future.
    3) Invest and build slowly. This only works if we are actually in European competition and are showing signs of gradual improvement, as few players will want to stick around.

    I appreciate the fact that these points are grossly simplified. Point 3 is what I think we’re trying to do.

    Some will say, will our lads be happy to have qualified by finishing 5th and then letting the kids mess it up. Some merit in that. However, will our star players be happy playing in Europe and hoping to win (which honestly, we only have an outside chance of even with our starting 11 each game) and possibly see our PL positioning decline to outside the qualification spots?

    Basically, do promising players want one good cup run one year, but nothing the next or constant qualification and slow progress?

    I would imagine, based on the past 2 years of re-building and the fact that our youngsters should flourish by being given opportunities, by next year, we would be in a better position to attack extra competitions without having such a negative impact on PL positioning. Also not a certain, I know.

    As for are you clueless or trying to make a point. You were asking Ed to clarify his statement regarding PL being priority. Do you really not know what this means (i.e. clueless) or were you trying to make a point. This has been answered I believe (the latter, not saying you’ve been proved clueless).

  • 22 Johann // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    “blAck that out” ? 😀

  • 23 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Cyprus…I too didn’t make myself clear. Just because PL should be our main priority, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try or take care in EL. It is prestigious and important for the team, but for me, it is secondary to the league…and it would seem the club feel the same.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM


    Fair point but I think arsenal will struggle for goals.

    They have a reputation for creating and over playing and not just getting the ball in the net.
    With no van persie producing magical volleys every other week I think they might have problems.

    Spurs I agree on, avb ruins team spirit and makes players who aren’t his first choice unwelcome. He did at Chelsea and he has done the same with the likes of Dawson.

    Fulham will miss Dembele a lot.

    Everton are good but same as us, 1/2 key injuries away from having to struggle.

    Liverfool are terrible so far, decent play but no end product.

  • 25 quitesimple // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    ive got perchinho on the back of my top 🙂

    anyways dont mean to sound pessimistic but realistically i think we’ll finish 7th, anywhere above id be delighted with 🙂

  • 26 beefman13 // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    James perch was a bit of a joke figure when he first started playing for us, he took loads of stick, even myself had a pop saying he wasnt up to it.
    got to say though the lad has proved the doubters wrong including myself, he is a utility player who can play anywhere along the back four, he seems to have a cool level head as well
    so well done him and he is a very good member of our squad.

  • 27 faustino // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Cyprus – it’s all about money. 3-4 places slipped in the Premier League is worth as much as a very successful run in the Europa League. Coming 5th versus 12th is worth about as much as winning the thing.

  • 28 check the toastie // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Anywere above 6th would be good, and if Pardewplays the right players and systems then for me 4th is achievable,

    Question- If Arsene Wemger was in charge of our squad would we finish top 4, for me yes we most certainly would?

  • 29 jesperfuglsang // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Ibiza…I was just checking on your Knights and at least you’re not as pathetic as Pipedream ;)…just close lol

    I rid myself from Allen, so I am comin’ to get ya 😉

  • 30 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Faustino…Thank you, I forgot to comment on the values part of the post.

    Check….I really rate Arsene as a manager, how can you not? Are his tactics better than Pardews? You would have to say yes, so 4th would probably be more likely with him, but in no way a certainty.

  • 31 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Jesper…Oh so close 😉 Damn it, no Allen keeping you back, now I could be in trouble.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Ibiza…you know those who are kicking our asses don’t even have a single NUFC player in their front three – shouldn’t there be a rule against that 🙂 lol

    …and so help me God they have McClean from 5under1and in their team…I call for a ban 😉

  • 33 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    @pardews waxwork lips. That name is good. Its got me thinking. Does Pardews mouth remind anyone else of a thunderbird puppet?!

  • 34 bills-son // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Perch is even better imo than we realise. His short passing is exceptional and he is cool and unhurried under pressure. I would play him in a back three on the left in my favoured 3511 formation:

    STaylor Colo Perch
    Anita Tiote Cabaye Guti Santon
    Ba or Cisse

    This gives two excellent wing backs who can attack and defend, two hard working CM’s in Tiote and Guti and releases Cabaye to wreak havoc in the oppo’s half with HBA, Ba or Cisse and the two wing backs Anita and Santon.

    I’d love to see Pards give this system a try. I think our squad is made for it.

  • 35 check the toastie // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Nice team Bills, however no chance of it happening.

  • 36 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Jesper….Football management is not about being sentimental. We’re being made fools of.

    Right, Cabaye getting dropped for McClean – On second thoughts, forget it. I’m happy.

    Bills-Son….Be really interested to see that at some point. Not sure where and when we would test it though.

  • 37 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    @bills-son. So in essence, keegans 3 5 2. Those were the days, eh? Can’t see it happening now. Comparing the teams is fun. Santon in berrisfords spot for example. Anita for gillespie. Hba for beardo, guti is probably where ginola would be (keegan only had one dmf lol)

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Anyone heard anything about Harris?

  • 39 jesperfuglsang // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Ibiza…I have put my faith in Ba now…just to make it more interesting 😉 see this is exactly why I don’t win these competitions lol

    Bills…I know you like your 5-3-2 counter style formation, but until NUFC starts playing in a South American league that is just not gonna happen mate 😉

    …I know I know it’s not a 5-3-2, but it will end up looking like it is 😉 No seriously if you really seriously here you should take a look at Uruguay back in the days, they played a style of formation very similar to the one you just posted with huge success (Success in South American that is 😉

  • 40 Incentino // Sep 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I can’t tell you how impressed I was by Gael Bigirimana’s performance against Villa. Looks like a star in the making – and exactly the kind of player that the club should look to buy. He actually reminded be a lot of a a young Jermaine Jenas.

    Tom Ince also is also in that category – young, up and coming talent with lots of talent. I certainly hope NUFC will target him in January.

    As for the topic at hand, there is no doubt that Perch is a great utility player. Good clubs need quality back ups because there are so many matches during a season.

    He’s not a world beater, but let’s put it this way – Newcastle wouldn’t have landed at fifth place last season without him. He put in a couple of quality performances.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Bills…It seems Uruguay still play their brand of 5-3-2. I’ll post a like for you mate 😉

  • 42 cupiddstunt // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Transfer Sage @ # 24

    I think to be honest AVB did not have much of a chance at chelski, I also think AVB’s time at Porto will tell you he does not ruin the team spirit that much.

    When AVB was touted as a chelski manager the media immediately pointed out his age, (too young) lack of experience (was not a footballer so how can he be a manager) so he was fighting an uphill battle before he even took on the role.

    I think given time to work AVB will show himself as a very good manager, when he went to chelski, the chelski old guard killed of his chances before he even got to start.

    Terry, Lampard, Cole, and the other senior squad members run the club and for whatever reason looked like they had decided he was not for them so did not perform for him.

    Apart from that outside of arsenhole not getting goals which I think they will the rest of the comments are passably fair. 😉

  • 43 Tsunki // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Just so you know, doom mongers, I voted for a top 6 this year.

    I think there is a bit of premature faith in Santons ability going forward mind. He’s not the most decisive in the last third. Would rather marveaux was on that left side.

  • 44 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Ok, sad and pointless, but comparing the players as keegan/pardew had/have them, here is a POSSIBLE way they could have lined up/can line up:

    Gk srnacek/krull
    Cbs Howie Albert Venison / staylor colo perch
    Rwb gillespie/anita
    Lwb berrisford/santon
    Dmf Batty/tiote
    Ram Lee/cabaye
    Lam ginola/jonas
    Ss. Pedro/hba
    Cf. Ferdi or shearer / cisse or ba
    Please note, the keegan formation would depend on who we had at the time, peacock, bracewell and ruel fox are missing for example. This is just a rough comparison of what could have been 😀

  • 45 bills-son // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    jesperfuglsang @ 39 Bills…I know you like your 5-3-2 counter style formation, but until NUFC starts playing in a South American league that is just not gonna happen mate

    Aye ya probably right. Mind, until we get a left sided wide forward player who can play up front and help Santon defend 433 wont work either. Ba isn’t the player for that role for definite. Thats the problem for Pards.

  • 46 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    @bill, I think all this talk about 352 or 532 counter has got everyone re living memories of the 90’s. You started it, but I don’t suppose I helped things by bringing up keegans entertainers. Its made everything quiet!

  • 47 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    who’d win in a match between the two? With their respective coaches managing the teams?

  • 48 jesperfuglsang // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Bills…I read an interesting article a while back about Uruguay back in the 70s playing their brand of 5-3-2. It was quite interesting 🙂

    …I just can’t seem to find it 🙁 thought it would be a good read for you mate!

  • 49 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Tsunki…Run along you happy little optimist. How dare you think we can finish top 6, have you not seen the mess we’re in?

  • 50 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    You know what I miss, apart from the entertainment? When we were losing, KK and SBR would throw all caution to the wind, throw in all forwards we had on the bench and scare the hell out of the opposition. Didn’t always work, but the resulting ‘electricity’ in the crowd was great.

  • 51 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    AP has not turned around even one game yet, someone wrote. We used to be kings at that.
    PS. The Arsenal game was not a turn around and he was just as shocked as the rest of us:) Can’t blame him!

  • 52 cyprus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I voted ‘not sure’ because … I’m not sure where this season will go.

  • 53 Markaccus // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Cyprus, on an even playing field, I think the keegan team. Simply because I think the direct match ups between opposing players are mostly edged by the old bunch. Pedro and hba are about even, because they’d destroy tiote and batty respectively. Shearer beardo ginola and lee would do a good job breaking down our current back 3, whereas I don’t think ba, gutierez, hba and cabaye are quite so clinical….yet.

  • 54 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Cyprus….Did you not want to continue our discussion from earlier? I do hope I didn’t come across too rude or something, I was only trying to make my point, perhaps badly.

  • 55 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    The 4-2-3-1 formation often leaves the fullbacks very exposed, and so if Simpson is as bad as many people claim, it will not go well. Santon’s not exactly the greatest defender either.

    A lot of people call for Pardew to ‘do the obvious thing’, without actually knowing what they’re talking about.

    It gets tiring.

  • 56 hattambenarfa // Sep 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Has anyone realised how our reserve team is taking the league by storm at the moment? Apparently inman and campbell are linking and looking like a deadly parnership, also as far as I’m aware they play a 433, its just food for thought really, future looks bright

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM


    I agree Chelsea made it hard for him.

    But he did himself no favours. He dropped some player just because they were a little old even though they were performing at a much better level and more consistently than some of the guys he played.

    Porto was a good achievement but that club always do well no matter who is in charge. Not saying he had no influence in the success just that success comes easier to them than a lot of other teams.

    I think he got rid of players like vdv for no reason, same with trying to offload Dawson.

    He played a very high line with a slow defence at Chelsea an they constantly got caught out.

    This job will prove his worth to me. A lot of mangers do well with one team. Their natural style suit them. He has to show he can adapt his style to suit his players best.

    He is young and has loads of time to learn though. I think he won’t last until the end of season though. Can see levy sacking him early next year

  • 58 toonLYF // Sep 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    why are people even talking about Drogba? Why would he come to us? Or any other EPL side? If he wanted to play in the Premier League he would still be a Chelsea player. If he leaves Shenhua it would probably be for some other rich old-superstar-buying club, or an MLS club or something. He wouldn’t join a PL team and CERTAINLY not Liverpool.

  • 59 cockneymagpie90 // Sep 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM


    How can u say that leaves the full backs exposed?
    Its a balanced formation designed to defend as much as attack!
    U haves to midfielders sitting deep and the full backs run the line. Its strong and very good for possesion football and also great in a attack with 3 technical midfielders creating for the striker.
    Tgis formation

  • 60 cockneymagpie90 // Sep 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    This is my favourite formation because it has a bit of everthing thats waht i believe its good for our team.
    How can u have ben arfa in a 442? thats pretty much leaving the fullback exposed from the off cus benny boy goes on his magical runs anywhere on the pitch, thats laughable and even gutierrez on the wing? I would have guti playing deep with the likes of tiote and bigi and ben arfa in a more advanced roll in the midfield.
    442 is horrible for our players man get a grip!

  • 61 Sav // Sep 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Sorry, but a team with Tav, Perchy, Williamson, Ferguson, Shola and Bigi in it is NOT a strong side. The first team can perform with a couple of them and sometimes individually they will do well – as Perchy has done. But a team with that many 2nd stringers isn’t going to worry Athletico Madrid or many of the rest.

  • 62 89Norcal // Sep 6, 2012 at 2:01 AM


    Yes I’ve been following the Reserve side a bit, they are looking very impressive. Surely one of those youngsters can be a huge player for the 1st team in the future.

    On Percinho, he’s invaluable to us right now, a player like that who can effectively fill a position with the heap of injuries we see. Same goes with Anita, we signed him knowing he was a defensive midfielder but it’s becoming evident he would excel as a full back or even attacking mid.

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