Mike Williamson has played 16 times for the Newcastle first team since he arrived from Portsmouth in late January, and he’s looked a very good player and an absolute bargain at just £1M.
Mike Williamson – great buy from Portsmouth
But Mike will have a question mark over himself early next season, because he will have to prove that he is indeed good enough to play in the Premier league, and that’s true for players like Wayne Routledge, Danny Simpson and some others currently at Newcastle.
Of course if Mike had stayed at Pompey he could well be playing at Wembley tomorrow in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Williamson told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m really happy for the Pompey lads because I’ve still got some good friends there.”
“For them to have such a good day out, and achieve what they have with all the stuff that’s gone on off the pitch, is a good thing for them.”
“Personally, without a doubt, I’ve 100 per cent got no regrets.” “I’m more than happy to be in the position I’m in.”
Mike is still sky high following the way Newcastle so brilliantly lifted the Championship trophy by 11 points from second placed WBA, and by an amazing 23 points from 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with 30 wins during the season and only 4 defeats.
“At Wycombe we got promoted from League Two. I had a little medal from that, but this is by far my best achievement.”
“I’m going to get all my shirts signed, and get them up on the wall and milk it for everything it’s worth!”
Good for him.
Williamson arrived at St James’ Park as a player not much known in the football world, although Chris Hughton had him on the radar screen since last summer, and Newcastle even made an attempt to sign him last August, but that was thwarted when he went to Portsmouth on September 1st for a £3M fee.
But his time at Portsmouth was not good, and for one reason or another he didn’t even play for the first team, and his career was rescued when Chris Hughton stepped in and signed him for the Newcastle club in late January.
And Mike Williamson said that when he first arrived, he and the other new signings were immediately made to feel at home by the rest of the Newcastle players.
“You don’t really know until you’re at a club what the lads are going to be like, or how you’ll fit in.” “To be honest, it’s been a walk in the park coming here.”
“It’s easier to walk into a winning team, and I’m just really pleased to have fitted in like I have done and played so many games.”
“It’s a small, close group of lads.” “The first week I was here, there were a few signings – me, Wayne (Routledge) and Fitz (Hall).”
“And straight away the senior lads like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith said ‘right, we’re going for a meal out’, and that set the standard.”
“It’s all about the togetherness and bonding, and that’s shown on the field.”
The team spirit is better than it’s been at Newcastle for a very long while, and that will stand the team in good stead for next season for our re-entry into the tough Premier League.
We think the lads will do quite well next season, and may even exceed the expectations of most Newcastle fans, which after all, are not very high – staying in the PL will do for most of us.