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Williamson Continues To Look A Bargain For Newcastle

12:40 pm, Monday, March 1st, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Mike Williamson was signed for Newcastle for just £1M in January, and he is already looking a great bargain for the Tyneside club.

Mike Williamson – a bargain for Newcastle

Before arriving at Newcastle Mike played at Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers, Watford and Portsmouth.

So on Saturday was a return to one of his former clubs, Watford, and Mike put in another very solid performance alongside the great Fabricio Coloccini at Vicarage Road.

The two of them give a solidity to the Newcastle defense these days, and we still have 23 year-old local lad, Steven Taylor, who is expected back in early April, from his knee ligament injury.

And Chris Hughton has to be delighted with the form of his new signing, and he was quick to applaud the attitude of his 26 year-old 6’4″ center-back today:

“You never know how players are going to react but I thought he was excellent,”

“It’s not a great pitch for center-backs because it was very heavy and very muddy and it would have been easy to make mistakes.”

“But I thought along with Coloccini at the back he was very solid and had another very good game.”

We now have three excellent central defenders in Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor, with young Tamas Kadar currently biding his time in the wings, at least for now, but the Hungarian looks so  promising at just 19 years old.

We have to wonder whether Mike Ashley is getting ready to sell Coloccini this summer – we certainly hope Fabricio stays on Tyneside for next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TheHeyman // Mar 1, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I was fortunate to be at the game on Saturday and Collicini was outstanding. Williamson looked exellent alongside him and I think these two have the potential to be a better pairing than Collicini/Taylor. I believe that Taylor and Collicini are very similar in build and lack real arial ability when playing teams with big lumps who mix up play a bit. Williamson has the height and can play a bit as well!

  • 2 chuck // Mar 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    This is the second blog asking if Coloccini is about to be sold.
    Why are you asking that question ?
    Is he not central to our defence (pun intended) has he not had a great season, have we not suffered when he was out, eh ?
    I dont hear tou mention local lad Taylor , who has been out for most of the season, are we about to sell him or anybody else ?
    So what brings you to mention Coloccini ?
    Oh, I get it, you another one of the beancounters worried about Ashleys dosh ,eh ?
    Yes we know how much he gets every week and
    yes it`s a lot, but I dont hear management complain, so why bring it up, as it only brings the Coloccini bashers out of the closet.
    Try using your head for a change.

  • 3 Bosck // Mar 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Calm down chuck its a reasonable enough question to raise, very few of us want collocini to be sold in the summer and ed clearly doesnt but it is not beyond the realms of possibility given mike ashleys other measure to reduce costs that he would sell on a player on high wages who could probably now recoup most if not all of the money we paid for him.

    its not that we want it to happen but given the resources available it is not unreasonable to question whether collicini would be sold and 2 players brought in with the money.

    and saying noone talks about taylor it was only last week or the week before that they were linking him to chelsea, which has probably died down a bit as he has not been playing and therefore not impressing.

  • 4 tripp // Mar 1, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    yeah, I was gannin tae say “wages”. That’d certainly be the reason he’d get shipped out. We’ll see, I suppose.

  • 5 xfer // Mar 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Personally cant see Colo leaving. World cup year, make or break is this season. I thought he seems to be enjoying his football atm, but the PL is an altogether different story. Hopefully he has learnt, and his presence would be vital for us next season.

    Would love to see him, S.Taylor and williamson fight out for the 2 defensive spot.

  • 6 Gosforth Phil // Mar 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Unfortunately (as I think he’s been great this season) MA + player on big wages = exit :S

  • 7 Charlietoon // Mar 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    The blog is about williamson. As we picked him up for 1 mill and are paying him peanuts its a good question. Would you rather 3 mikes or a quarter of a collo?

  • 8 WALSTAR // Mar 1, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I do not think Collocini will be sold for a number of rteasons:
    1. In this financial climate it is unlikely that any club will offer enough to tempt Newcastle.
    2. It is unlikely that any club will match the wages he is on at Newcastle meaning himself and his agent will not actively look for a move.
    3. I believe that the Club will not want to risk the wrath of the fans by selling him as he is one of our better and well liked players. Especially now that the mood about the Club is more positive.

  • 9 mrmcgee // Mar 2, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Personally i would love Colo’s hair instead of any other player we have… i just think it has a solid foundation, its agile, has terrific movement, and brings a lot of colour to the game, not to mention how well it cushions the ball. I say we need 11 colo perms and we will be just fine!

    Ohhhhhhh Collocini, you are the love of my life,
    Ohh Collocini, i’d let you $h@g my wife,
    Ohh Collocini… i like curly hair toooooooooooo…

    Ohhh Collocini……




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