Mike Williamson has looked a very good player since he arrived on Tyneside last month from Portsmouth for around £1M.
Mike Williamson– looks good at Newcastle – thanks Watford
Mike told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I owe Watford a lot.” “They gave me the chance to make the next step into the Championship, and prove that I’m comfortable playing at this level.”
“I’ll always be grateful for that.” “I had a great time there, and I’ve got a lot of close friends there that I still speak to.”
“I wish them all the best, but this is the one day when I’ll put that to one side to go into battle.”
Watford drew 2-2 last Saturday at Scunthorpe United, with Scunthorpe equalizing in injury time with a penalty from Gary Hooper.
The good news for Newcastle is that Watford will be without their England U21 standout and Manchester United loan player Tom Cleverly, who was sent off at Glanford Park after 82 minutes
In their 14 home games this season, Watford have won half of them and lost only 3 times, so they are more than decent at home, and they will be a good test for a revitalized Newcastle side.
Newcastle have been poor in their of course in their last 7 away games and have not won even one of them, but that only means we are due a win. 😀
Watford have won their last two home games against Bristol City and Sheffield United, and Williamson knows they are doing well:
“They’re doing well at the minute, but it’s the one day I’ll put those friendships to one side and do whatever I can to get three points for Newcastle.”
“It’ll be an interesting one.” “I’ve got a lot of good friends there, and I’ll be looking forward to going back.”
“Hopefully I will get a good reception but, as I say, the vital thing is getting three points for my new club.”
We think Williamson is a player who can perform well in the Premier League should we get there for next season, and of course he was a star performer during his brief time at Watford.
Mike has put in many solid performances already on Tyneside, and was as solid as a rock for Newcastle against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
Mike has admitted that playing on Tyneside, and in front of over 45,000 fans on Saturday we may add, is a dream for the Stoke born player:
“Any time you get to put the Newcastle shirt on you get a proud feeling.”
“To go out and represent such a big club is unbelievable.”
“You can tell what the club means to the fans, and it’s a great honour every time you get that opportunity.”
It will be interesting when our own Steven Taylor returns to action for the Magpies, since we would be surprised if both Mike Willaimson and Fitz Hall are simply benched.
Maybe our best back four would be Taylor (S) Coloccini Williamson and Enrique – that’s some defense!