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Serious Questions To Be Asked If This Player Leaves Newcastle

9 years ago

Summer time sends journalists into straw-clutching overdrive as they search for any story to fill their sites and sell papers.

However, it is also a time when fans can reflect on their team’s performance; deciding who should be sold and fantasising about who should be brought in.

The latest rumour doing the rounds is that James Perch is being shown the door by Alan Pardew.

Let us hark back to 26th September, 2010. Newcastle were at home to Stoke and Perch was powering home a diving header into his own net as his stock hit an all time low. He seemed a class below the Premier League with his selection often being met with much scepticism.

However, fast forward two and a half years and ‘Perchinio’ has transformed his Newcastle career in remarkable fashion. Currently taking this transfer rumour with a pinch of salt but serious questions must be asked if one of our more consistent performers this past season is sold.

Beside Pardew’s questionable tactical capabilities, injuries to key players have been highlighted as one of the causes to our dire season.  Why then would we sell one of our most versatile players?

This season Perch has played across the back four at centre back and full back positions while also occasionally playing at his best position; centre defensive midfield. Newcastle’s injury curse seems no closer to being solved; which other player can fit into all of those positions?

Anita can certainly play as a full back and centre midfielder but clearly not at centre half. Furthermore, Ryan Taylor is injured for the foreseeable future while Yanga-M’biwa will surely not settle for the job as utility player.

I believe a player like Perch is necessary in any team. A first team player he is not but what he brings to the team is invaluable. Not only hardworking and reliable, Perch has never came out and complained about his role in the team or shied away from filling in at difficult positions and times.

Yes, we need to offload a number of players and bring in some more quality. However, these should be players who bring nothing extra to the team such as Obertan, Gosling and Amalfitano, not James Perch.



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