Mike Williamson looks a great old fashioned 6’4″ center-back at Newcastle and seems a bargain buy by Chris Hiughton and the Newcastle club.
Mike Williamson – great acquisition for Newcastle
And Kevin Nolan has today said how impressed he is with the central defender, the new addition to our already solid defense, and Mike is a no-nonsense center back in the Frank Brennan mode.
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal about Mike this morning:
“He is someone we needed,” “He stands out because he is an old-fashioned English centre-half who does the job.”
“If you look at the two lads at Birmingham who are getting all the plaudits right now, they just go and head the ball and do the job, making sure the centre-forwards don’t score, simple as that.”
“It used to be that everyone wanted their central defenders to play the ball but maybe it’s changing again. Mike is like those old-fashioned defenders. He has bedded in really well.”
The Stoke-born player has said he wants to play as much as possible through the end of the season, after having no first team games at Portsmouth from September 1st until he signed last month for Newcastle.
But his signing was only after they couldn’t get their first choice, Matthew Kilgallon, from Sheffield United.
Kilkgallon was only a substitute for Sunderland in Saturday’s game at Arsenal, and has hardly been a shining light so far for the Wearsiders, as they struggle in the Premiership this season.
Mike has started 6 games for Newcastle and there are now 14 games left and he should play in the majority of those games, well at least until Steven Taylor returns – probably in about a month.
But Mike is not only an excellent player with tremendous concentration on the field, but he’s just a great guy who seems to love being on Tyneside, where the fans are legendary in the game of football.
45,000 turned up to see Newcastle beat Preston on Saturday, and full houses should return if we get promoted in May, so Mike will be playing in front of over 52,000 fans at home – we think that will further inspire this lad.
The Newcastle defense has been outstanding this season and Harper, Coloccini Taylor(S) and Enrique are all Premier league players already.
And Chris Hughton is not surprisingly delighted with his acquisition of Mike, as he said today:
“I have been delighted with him,” “Before he came here he missed a lot of football and he was exited about getting back to playing again.”
“He knew there would be competition from Coloccini, Fitz Hall – who has also done well since arriving – and young Tamas Kadar.”
“And at some stage Steven Taylor will come back in.”
“He wanted the opportunity to play football again, that was the only thing he thought about.”
If Newcastle do get promoted we are starting to think we may even be able to survive in the Premier League, and that the foundation for that has to be our defense.
We have some very good defenders already at the club, and they have all played very well this season.
Maybe in the summer we need a couple of full backs to come in and offer some serious competition to Simpson and Enrique.
And we will need more creativity in the middle of the park, but the lads will at least fight like hell in every game next season, something we didn’t do much of last season.
One thing we always want to see is the 11 players representing the Newcastle club – whoever they are – to be willing to give their all for the club – if they do that they rarely get criticized – even when they lose.
That has to be a big plus for Newcastle United – and hey – this sounds like the days of old!