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.