This Newcastle Defender Made Of Steel


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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7 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    The young players stepping up are the most pleasing thing for me this season biggie, sammi n fergie looking different class, Tav n Campbell not to far behind either n we’ve plenty more to come through

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Sunderland are crap n thank god they hav oneill the fans starting to turn on him haha just seen a stat on them
    Bruce got sacked with 2 wins out 13, oneil currently has 3 wins out of 20 against mk dons, morecombe n 10men Wigan haha

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    It is not only NUFC fans who are deluded at times is it 😉 lol

    …but nice to see that we are not the only ones who are delighted with both Fergy and Sammy 🙂

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  • Santon03

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Are we over cautious about our youngsters? I mean like waiting for them to mature, even if he has amazing skills and he is not at least 19 then he is not ready for regular 1st team action.
    Sterling, Owen, Rooney already played regularly for 1st team when they were 17-18 years old, some already played for national team. Santon played regular 1st team when he was 18, Totti, Del Piero, etc.
    Other than Gael, we barely ever see our youngsters (under 19) played more than one game.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, if our squad isn’t ‘even close’ to being strong how come the second team are unbeaten in Europe ?

    We haven’t got a ‘very’ strong squad but we haven’t got a very weak one either. I bet if you compared our squad to nearly every other squad outside of ManU, City, Chelsea and possibly Arsenal/Spurs we’d be as good if not better than most.

    There is a total lack of perspective and reality at times about our manager, the squad and individual players.

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  • sticklebricks

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Mentally he might be made of steel but physically I think playdoh is perhaps a better description..

    Pace of Suarez and Sterling worry me for the weekend running in the channels alongside what seems to be our current CB pairing of Willo/Colo..

    I’d like to stick Saylor and Perch in as CBs with Colo as they probably have a bit more pace to deal with them.

    Sterling rang riot around Jagielka in the second half of the derby last weekend and Liverpool don’t pose a massive threat from the wings without him so I would love to see a 3-4-1-2 at the weekend. I think Santon and Fergie both have the stamina to play the wide men in this formation and seeing as none of our other wingers can cross at the moment I’d love to see Pards give it a go..

    Jonas can slot in at LB/RB as required, Colo effectively playing the sweeper role with the freedom to bring the ball out.

    ——Saylor-Colo-Perch——
    Santon–Jonas–Cabaye–Fergie
    ————Arfa————-
    ——-Ba——Cisse———

    Okay so unfortunately it’s not my job, however we haven’t had a mid week game this week so I don’t want to see Pardew with any excuses for a poor performance this week!

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  • one Tony Green

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    @Santon03 Totally agree with you Fella. Bradden Inman is scoring for fun, 6 goals, and has 8 assists what doe s he have to do to get involved.

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