Leicester Close In On Perch!

Last updated : 12 June 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

dThe utility player has been linked with a move away from St James’s Park this summer, and his days on Tyneside could be numbered.

Perch – who made 38 appearances last season – has just one year left on his contract, and if Newcastle want to get some money back on the deal ... now is the time.

Leicester City are reportedly keen to sign the 27-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest three years ago.

James Perch: “I played a lot of games because of injuries, and filled in different positions, which I don’t mind doing as everyone knows.

“I enjoy playing the No4 role in the team – mopping up, doing the dirty work and giving it to Cabs! I let him do all the long passes.

“I’m happy getting the ball back for him.

“He’s quality. Sometimes you get caught just watching him like a fan.

“Watching him hit the ball is unbelievable.

“We’ve got internationals all over the squad. It’s great to play alongside them.”

Perch is nothing more than a utility player, a 'Jack Of All Trades And Master Of None', and although he has the heart of a lion, sadly he doesn't have the Premier League class to make him a first team regular.

Too slow to be a full-back; not strong enough to be a central defender; not the range of passes to be inventive in midfield; and all-in-all his only strength is his aggression in the centre-circle (and we have better players doing that).

A player along the lines of Darren Bradshaw, Peter Ramage, Andy Griffin ... all heart but not quite good enough.

But - to his credit - he is better than Vurnon Anita, who Pardew reckons will be given his chance to shine this coming season (God forbid!).

Anita found the Premier League tough last term, and nothing in his game promises an improvement, but Pardew paid big bucks for the Ajax midfielder and will have to justify the spending.




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