Newcastle gave a good display at Sunderland yesterday, and came away with a well earned 1-1 draw, and three of the players who made that fine performance possible were Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson and James Perch – also known as Perchinho.
Mike Williamson in action at Sunderland yesterday
And these players were brought into the club for peanuts to use Joey Barton’s description of Newcastle signings, and all three cost just £2M, and between them they have a total of 256 appearances doe Newcastle over the last three years with Mike playing 83 times, James putting in 55 appearances and Danny Simpson clocking up 118 appearances.
Williamson cost just £1M from Portsmouth – now in England’s third division after going into bankruptcy again – and James and Danny cost about £500K each from Nottingham Forest and Manchester United respectively.
All three played well yesterday with Mike Williamson edging out Steven Taylor to start the game alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini, and both center-backs had very good games yesterday with Fabricio outstanding.
James Perch came on in the first half to fill in for the sent off Cheick Tiote, and he put in another solid and workmanlike performance for the side, and Danny Simpson contained James McClean almost the whole game.
But all three are vastly under-rated Newcastle players, and demonstrate the Newcastle transfer policy over the last three years of picking up good players at bargain basement prices.
Jame Perch has improved dramatically this year, and is now so trusted by manager Alan Pardew that he put shim into games in a number of different positions when he needs to.
Mike Williamson is probably the most under-rated and when he gets a string of games he gets better and batter, and his heading ability is one of his real strengths.
And Danny Simpson is more under-rated than we had realized and he played solidly for Newcastle since he returned and looks to have quickly recaptured his right back starting position.
These three players very rarely get the headlines but all three have been terrific servants of the club in Newcastle’s amazing comeback from the second division.
Not if only Danny will sign a new contract.
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