James Perch has been interviewed in some of the local papers today and says a couple of strange things – that Newcastle have strength in depth and that Shane Ferguson is made of steel.
Shane Ferguson – a man of steel?
Newcastle have done well in the Europa League this season and are top of Group D, but we are mid table in the Premier League with only a mediocre start of 13 points from our first 9 games.
James perch seems to have a high opinion of Newcastle’s youngsters and he had this to say today:
“There is strength in depth here.” “With playing in Europe, the manager has to make a few changes and although we believed it on the training ground, perhaps we have surprised a few people by how much strength we have got in and around the first team.”
“We have players who can play against any team. Shane and Sammy have both come in and played perfectly in the last few weeks.” “As a squad we are doing well, and there are a few young ones who are pushing their claim. Fergie has done really well and Sammy has been brilliant lately.”
“It is a credit to those lads because playing in the reserves is very different to the first team and they have settled in very quickly.” “Shane is made of steel.” “People look at him and think he could easily be pushed off the ball, but it is nothing like that. There is a real firmness about his game and he never gets pushed over.”
“He is a typical Irishman, very tough and very hard. Everyone he plays against will be taller and bigger than him, but he works very hard in training and is getting what he deserves.” “The gaffer has put a lot of faith in me and I owe him a lot.”
“When he first came I was out of the picture in the first team, but he stuck with me and I stuck at it. I owe him so much. I am just so glad to have got so many games under my belt.”
James Perch – Perchinho – has started to play a pivotal role for Newcastle this season and he has already played at full-back, center-back and defensive midfield for the Magpies.
And James replaced Cheick Tiote on Sunday and was preferred to new signings Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana in that position, and had praise from the Newcastle manager after the West Brom game.
Alan Pardew had put Shane Ferguson on a meat and potatoes diet a year last summer to build him up a bit, but his appearance doesn’t seem to have changed much, but maybe he’s put on some muscle.
Shane is quite a strong player on the ball, and of course he’s been in very good form lately and pushing for a starting position on Tyneside.
But we wouldn’t agree that we have a strong squad, we’re not even close – although the extra games are bringing some of our best youngsters through quickly at the club.
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