Following an unexpected but highly impressive performance against Tottenham at the weekend, James Perch has been labelled by the 'perfect example' by head coach Alan Pardew.
The former Nottingham Forest skipper stepped in for the injured Fabricio Coloccini and, as he did so many times last season, slotted in seamlessly. His pass completion was incomparable as well, completing all of his 45 passes.
Last season, Perch showed grit and determination and despite the early criticism from the fans, he still battled away hard and established himself at the highest tier of English football. His gutsy performances resulted in him finishing third on our countdown of last season’s biggest surprises and our most Improved Player of the Season.
Pardew told the Chronicle: “Who would have predicted that Perchie would have started the game, but he was excellent.
“I’ve got great players, and they need to play.
“They all need to contribute.”
Perch had this to say about the win on Saturday: “The fact that we won the game and the fact they didn’t have to many shots on target, I’d like to think that the back four – or back five – did our job.”
Meanwhile, Pardew has been charged by the FA after his shove on assistant referee Peter Kirkup during the 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Pardew could face a touchline ban for his actions.
A United statement read: “The Football Association has charged Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew with misconduct following the Magpies’ victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.”
Pardew has until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
Last season, Newcastle flew out of the traps to go unbeaten in their opening 11 league games – a run which undoubtedly provided a platform for the Magpies to finish fifth at the end of the term.
Lets hope they can continue this fantastic start