James Perch

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Defender James Perch will start for Newcastle United away at Norwich City on Saturday (3pm kick-off), manager Alan Pardew has revealed.

Perch, aged 26, has spent most of this season to date on the substitutes' bench, with his only two starts coming in the Carling Cup against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn.

But the versatile defender, who can also play in midfield, impressed at the heart of United's rearguard last weekend after replacing injured captain Fabricio Coloccini in the first half.

And with Coloccini a doubt for Saturday's fixture at Norwich, and Steven Taylor ruled out for the rest of the season following Achilles surgery, Perch will be given a chance to start a Premier League game for the first time since 28th December, 2010.

"I don't really want to give too much away," said Pardew.

"To lose two centre-halves during the game, we end up with ten men and no centre-half on the pitch, I don't think I've ever been in that situation before.

"But I think we've got enough players in the squad to make sure we put in a creditable performance at Norwich.

"Perch will definitely play. He's been in all our defensive sessions and knows exactly how we play. I don't see a problem with it - I think he will do well."

Another player who could come into contention at Carrow Road this weekend is Hungarian international Tamas Kadar.

The left-footed defender, who can play at either full-back or centre-half, has captained United's Reserves in recent weeks, and Pardew explained that Kadar, 21, could be used.

"He is an option," said the boss." He has played well in the Reserve games we've had.

"He's up to speed. He's a player who hasn't had many opportunities, and is looking to kick-start his Newcastle career.

"We've had one or two here who have come out of the woodwork who were not meant to be in the frame - Ryan Taylor being the prime example.

"So there is no reason why Tamas cannot come into the squad and do very well."