Mike Williamson has today said he is more than willing to fight for his Newcastle first team place next season.
Mike Williamson – will fight for his place
Mike was signed in January and he has played extremely well for Newcastle in Steven Taylor’s absence through injury, and looked a great buy for just £1M.
He’s also a smashing lad and one of our favorite players at Newcastle right now – but there are also a number of them, after least season’s heroics!
Williamson told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The defensive record last season speaks for itself.” “We were solid as a unit and didn’t concede goals at key times to help keep on grinding out the wins.”
“But, possibly, it’s a different kettle of fish next season in the Premier League.” “The quality, as everyone knows, will go up a notch and that’s something we’re already thinking about.”
Williamson has played at Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers, before he joined Portsmouth for £3M last September, but never once played in their first teram, for whatever reason. Mike has appeared 16 times so far for Newcastle, and in his career has made 224 first-class appearances with 14 goals.
He has still to score his first goal for the Magpies.
Of course Newcastle manager Hughton will be bolstering his squad, including the defense with perhaps Mancsher City’s Nedum Onuoha (we hope so) and last season’s loan center-back from Fitz Hall, who could still sign a permanent deal at the Tyneside club.
Nedum would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, as he can play anywhere across the back four.
“I’m sure the manager’s going to want to strengthen in quite a few areas, defence being one of them.”
“Everyone’s expecting to come in next season with a couple of new faces, and it will just be a case of fighting for your shirt.”
But Williamson has always wanted to play in England’s top league and he is excited about the possibilities that next season offers him.
“If you’re going to get the best out of yourself, it should be that way. If you turn up week in, week out knowing you’ve got the shirt, it can breed a complacency.”
“Knowing you’ve got to turn up every day and push yourself to new limits only helps the team and the spirit.”
We wonder who will partner Coloccini in defense next season, because if Mike continues to play like he has so far this year, he will offer local lad Steven Taylor some considerable competition.
But that’s got to be good for the Newcastle side.