Transfer news! But it’s outgoing..

I seem to be certainly not in a majority in that I’m quite sad that James Perch has gone to Newcastle.  The Magpies were after him last season, and even upon attaining promotion have kept up that interest, and today completed the signing of him for an ‘undisclosed fee’ (rumours suggest that the fee would round up to a million, which – despite me liking him – feels like a fair price verging on outrageous generosity in fairness).

Whilst some people on message boards seem overly eager to point to his performance in the play-offs at left back (which were bad, in fairness), I too can remember notable positive performances – certainly up at Newcastle last season which I imagine would have cemented their intent to sign him.  Then he was at right back, and that for me is his best position from my viewing of him, so it’s unsurprising we’ve let him go – because he’s not as good as Gunts.

The problem any fullback has at Forest is the fact that we have – for some time – played without any form of ‘proper’ wingers, and that means there can often be a real onus on our fullbacks to attack, and when we’re under the kosh, a lack of cover for them to help repel the attacks on opponents.  It’s a situation which almost inevitably leads to our fullbacks looking exposed, and quite often a bit silly – certainly not helped when they’re playing on their wrong side.

The other problem for Perchy is that he was a victim of his own versatility, and his willingness to (attempt to) adapt to different positions.  A great tackler, but relatively poor passer, meant his cameos as a holding midfielder often looked unconvincing.  He never seemed ‘big’ enough to cover centreback (his supposed preferred position) – but his willingness to work hard and honestly meant he was frequently deployed his suboptimal positions.

Looking at Newcastle’s squad I can see him being lined up as a rightback, and whilst there may be question marks over whether or not he’ll step up to the top flight – I think if that’s how Newcastle deploy him he might surprise a few of those supporters who seem to take great delight in his departure.  Coupled with a solid centreback pairing and an actual right winger infront of him… but we shall see, I suppose!

With season ticket general sale well underway, it refocused the spotlight on the lack of incoming signings so far – there have been LOTS of rumours, lots of ‘done deals’ yet to materialise and supposedly talks and interest ongoing.  I would hope in dispensing with the services of a ‘utility’ player it would suggest that there is a degree of confidence that we are covering some of the gaping holes in our squad – but well, past experience suggests that might not be so!

Regardless, pre-season training is underway – and if you check out this page on the official site you can see spirits appear to be good in the Forest camp, with some slightly goofy poses from Kelvin Wilson, and a slightly disturbing shot of  Billy stretching!  If I were a betting man (which I am), then I would be expecting to see some kind of incoming transfer news at some stage this week, and will certainly be having a bit of a sulk if I’m wrong.

However, to return to the original thread of conversation – I would at least like to thank Perchy for his time with Forest, and wish him the best of luck with Newcastle.  He’s not always had what I believe to be the fairest treatment from some sections of Forest fans despite being a local lad who’s come through the ranks, it will be very interesting to see how he gets on elsewhere and whose assessment of him abilities turns out to be more realistic…

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14 Responses

  1. I always liked him too and I think he could do ok if given his chance in the premiership. I do hope he does get that chance so good luck Perchy!

  2. A fair assessment of perchio I think its a good move for both us and him .Newcastle might give him a new sense of direction and lets face it hes gonna be on better money.

    All the best james.

    U reds

  3. Sad to see Perch go, one of the ‘Nottingham Boys’ (well Mansfield), been with the club since he was 11. He always gave 100% and often had the courage to play out of position for the team, when obviously he’d have preferred to play in his favoured roles.

    I think some of our ignorant fans blame him for the play off result, but who else would have played there and could they have done a better job ? Don’t blame Perch for the club’s failure to sign a Left back.

    Good luck to him, I hope he thrives in the Premiership.

  4. Showed snatches of potential and tons of commitment, but ultimately another John Thompson. Handy to have around the club but our worst player, take the money and run!

  5. Good luck to Perchy! He’s had his fair share of injuries during our battles in the 1st division and championship (not shy of getting stuck in) and has always been keen to get back to do his best, wherever he was put on the field. Look after him Newcastle, I think the best is still to come from our boy. Keep up the good work NFFC, it’s much appreciated to have a no nonsense site to voice our opinions…come on you REDS!!!

  6. Well let’s hope this opens a busy transfer week. All the best Perch & prove those who are glad to see the back of you wrong.

  7. honestly think he’ll be a bench warmer at st james’s albeit on a better wage….good luck james but dont think you’re premiership ready,,,,saying that didnt think jenas was good enough when he made the switch north east so what do i know !!!!

  8. Seldom does a player leave with so many good wishes. A loyal servant he deserves his chance, in the prem hope we play against him in the season after this.

  9. good luck to him, I hope it works out well and he will always be warmly welcomed back at the city ground I would guess.

  10. I’ll re-iterate the earlier comments with a “good luck Perchio”. Assessment absolutely spot on and written with an intelligence missing in many a Red i.e. those who made him a scapegoat in the play offs. Extremely honest pro who always laid his body on the line for the Reds, & added to that- he was a local lad.
    Definitely gone with my blessing (for what it’s worth!) & with the added bonus of us receiving an extremely good price. You’ll be remembered with fondness Perchy

  11. nffc, whats the lowdown on incomings then??

    With Perch gone, Bennett going on loan and Goldie and Dele long-term injuries I make that a very thin squad right now…???

    • I’ve not heard anything beyond the myriad of rumours doing the rounds, mate.

      Most compelling are that Pratley supposedly signed, but delayed announcement to not adversely affect Swansea season ticket sales. Also Shorey supposedly signed, but can’t understand any reason to delay announcing it.

      Whether Cardiff’s financial woes might facilitate a move for Whittingham remains to be seen. Basically, I’m as in the dark as everyone else seems to be!

  12. Oh, and I echo what Graham above said about Perchio, good luck to ya, mate, never once let Forest down imo

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