Mike Williamson Looking Good Buy For The Future


Mike Williamson was back in the starting line-up last night against Coventry City, as he tries to get in as many first team games at Newcastle that he can, before the end of the season, in another 15 games.

Mike Williamson – another start last night

You can’t blame the lad wanting to do that, after not appearing once in Portsmouth’s first team from September 1st,  when he was signed by the south coast club, through last month, when he arrived on Tyneside.

Mike told BBC Newcastle today:

“We want to be there come 2nd May, and getting back-to-back wins pushes up confidence,”

“We want to be at the top of the league and it’s where we want to stay.”

We were surprised when Fitz Hall got the nod over Mike for last Saturday’s game at Swansea, but it could well be that Mike will share the central defense duties with Hall, at least until Steven Taylor is fit again at the end of March – we hope.

We like Mike a lot, and think he can become a solid center-back at Newcastle, and we also like his attitude too – which is very professional.

Mike talked about not staying in the starting line-up:

“You speak to any player that they want to play week-in, week-out so it’s disappointing when you’re not selected,”

“But you’ve got to respect the manager and his decisions, he’s got his reasons and his methods.”

“But I’m just glad to be back in last night to get in a good performance and a win.”

6’4″ Williamson had been on Newcastle’s radar screen since about a year ago, and he was a target during the summer, but was snapped up by Portsmouth.

As we said earlier, we think Mike can do very well on Tyneside, he’s a strong tackler, a good positional player – and extremely  good in the air.

In short, we think the Stoke-On-Trent born 26 year-old, is an excellent buy for the future.

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 18, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Craig – Burton – Moncur – Clark

    (with Big John Mac and Craggsy ready in the wings in case of injuries)

    Oh for a return of those watertight days….

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    I read somewhere that there will be some “home grown” rule about how many non-UK players can be rostered by football clubs. I also understand the FA or UEFA plans on instilling financial discipline on each club. Is that for just the UK or all of Europe?
    As far as my first question, won’t that drive up the price of UK players? And if this is a UK only rule, won’t that make the UK less competitive in attracting foreign players? As far as my second question, won’t that really hurt small stadium clubs, unless there is a revenue sharing deal? And won’t small clubs have to capitulate out of their current league & move to one that their fan base can support? Will this mean the end of promotion/demotion? Or will there be financial benchmarks that allow or deny promotion?

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  • G

    Feb 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    So far I think he may turn out to be the bargain of the season, in any division. I thought we would be in the mire with STaylor being injured for so long, however, when he recovers, he might find it hard to force his way into the team again? Given the end of season fixture pile up in this division though, I can’t see him strugling to get a game too much.

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  • NorCal ToonFan

    Feb 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    BeeGuy, it’s my understanding that Home Grown doesn’t mean Native Born. In otherwords, you could have foreign youth in your academy, but as long as they’ve been with your system for 3 years they would count towards the “Home Grown” definition. I may be totally and completely wrong, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t that the players had to be Native Born. It’s just that you couldn’t go and field a team that was bought overseas. You had to have at least 6 players on your fielded squad that have been part of your system (or part of the UK leagues) for 3 years.
    I am sure someone can correct my understanding of the rule.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Captain B,
    If only we had had that defence in 1996. We had a great attack and midfield but the defence was not good enough. You need a complete team to win the Prem and we fell a little short. We overran the average teams but against the best, especially away from home, you have to be able to defend. |We had a great team by Newcastle standards but it was still second best.

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