Bargain Buy Williamson Had Another Terrific Game

6’4″ defender Mike Williamson came back into the side against Nottingham Forest on Monday night, and as expected,  slotted straight back into the back-line,  and had yet another very good game for Newcastle United.

Mike Williamson – looks terrific buy for Newcastle

This lad looks  a bargain buy at just £1M, and along with his temperament and attitude, he’s looking like a terrific acquisition for the Newcastle club.

And to think he seemed to be second choice to Matthew Kilgallon, who ended up at Sunderland, and has been on the bench on Wearside for the last several games.

Newcastle may have got the better player between these two lads.

And when you can pick up a player as good as Mike for £1M, who needs a £60M war chest for players come the summer?

And Chris Hughton is more than pleased with Mike’s displays for Newcastle, as he talked about the 26 year Stoke-born star today:

“I thought Mike came back in and did very, very well,”

“When he signed back in January he had not played many games and came here because he wanted to play football.”

“He’s come in and shown a terrific attitude and has played well.”

“I’m delighted to have him back now and he played a big part in helping us to another clean sheet against Forest.”

For those of you who have a subscription to Newcastle United TV, Mike gave an interesting interview following the Nottingham Forest game, and comes through as a good down to earth lad with a terrific attitude.

We’re hoping Mike continues the terrific form he’s shown since he was signed, when we get back into the Premiership.

He’s never played at that level before, so we’re not sure what his weaknesses would be, but he certainly looks well equipped to be more than a decent player in England’s top league.

Indeed there will be strong competition in central defense next season between Coloccini. Steven Taylor, Williamson and young Tamas Kadar.

We seem to be strong in that area, because we expect Kadar to come through big time next season.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    If Steven Taylor leaves (which I hope he doesn’t), who would you all like to see us sign? I’d love to get another player like Williamson for a similar fee… He’s been a real bargain.

  • Davies

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see Taylor leaving. Or Carroll for that matter. If I had to choose one based on cost and ability, I’d probably try to poach Wheater.

  • murvar

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike Williamson has been amazing. He cost buttons, hadn’t played first team football all season, and was commanding from the first challenge he made in his first game. He plays well with Colo, he knows when to surge forward and when to put it into Row Z. I think his form and talent make it almost inevitable that Taylor will leave, as we have no real need to keep him as long as we have Colo, Will and Kadar. I can’t see the rift with Carroll ever healing as the damage was so serious. And did anyone else notice Carroll’s unnecessary rueful holding of his chin when his excellent volley was saved at the Gallowgate end in the first half? I am certain that was a message to Mr Taylor………

  • toonboyjake

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    murvar, i dont think carroll holding his chin was a message to taylor, i think it was more he had just recieved a boot to his chin

  • Adssy Mccc

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree with all the above about MW…. But where you mention his potential weaknesses in the Prem – I’d have to imagine it would be PACE! The good thing though – not all Prem centre backs have to have bags of pace. It helps, but if you have the right CB partner (who does have pace) then you’ll probably be fine. Just look at John Terry, who’s not blessed with awesome speed.

    Luckily, Colo is pretty quick and he showed that in many games last season, so if he and Mike Williamson can continue to form a good understanding with each other, we might have a solid base for our defence……

  • gorskino10

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    He only has one problem im a bit worried on and thats his pace is quite slow, with him and Coloccini with quick players they would both be exploited so easilly, if he can improve his pace he will be England material, at the moment though he still has been fantastic that key block i remember a forest he seems to always been in the way and being English is even better 🙂

  • noir9

    Mar 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    He does look a good solid no-nonsense defender, just what we have needed for quite a while & seems to get better with every game. I’d rather have more players like MW than some so called big name star players who think there to good for us.

  • balubas1

    Mar 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Williamson looks good. No weaknesses as I can see. About pace..CB’s need good positioning ability to cope with this.

    “Colo is pretty quick and he showed that in many games last season” – not in a sprint, but he has good pace the first 10m or so. Very agressive aswell.

    If Williamson makes a few mistakes next season, it is because all CB’s makes mistakes.. and he will be playing against top PL strikers. Lets not fall in to the same trap as we have done with previous players and slaughter him after just a few games if he does something silly on the pitch.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 31, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    i’m all for signing players like MW..he’s been a great buy, BUT to make an impact in EPL every team needs few big signings…why? winning mentality. the thing is that all countries made progress in football /sports..they all have coaches who know their busniess & they produce skillfull players, but there’s still big difference among players elsewhere – confidence, winning mentality,.. players who are not afraid of man utd, chelsea, etc… i hope we can get talented players on cheap, but the structure of the team must still be class. we need those 2-3 players – not moneygrabbers – but true professionals.

  • Sav

    Apr 1, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, its clear your madly in love with MW. Try to hide it, man…. I hope he treats you with respect.


    Apr 1, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Mike Williamson for the money we paid for him is a real bargain.Think the boys got the heart of a lion myself,aint put a foot wrong, a good no nonsense defender who gets the job done and conducts himself very well.


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