We were impressed with Mike Williamson’s displays at the heart of the Newcastle defense, after joining Newcastle for a paltry £1M from Portsmouth last January, a great deal for the club.
Mike Williamson – tremendous competition for places in central defense
And Mike did a fantastic job of filling in for Steven Taylor, after the local lad injured his knee against WBA in January and was out for the rest of the season. Indeed Mike got the job done for the side last year, which is one reason we won promotion back to the Premier League so easily, in the end.
That gave Mike a big chance to impress and that’s exactly what he did in his 16 appearances for Newcastle so far, but he still has to score his first goal for the club.
Mike told the Evening Chronicle today:
“This is my biggest opportunity to date.” “I want to be as fit and strong as possible for the opening day of the season to make sure I have the best possible chance of getting into the starting eleven.”
“I enjoyed the break, but you always look forward to getting back into the day-to-day training and seeing the boys.”
“It has just carried on from last season – everyone is buzzing and looking forward to the kick-off.” “Everyone has come back in good shape and is looking forward to the week in Ireland.”
“The stability is always good. It is the same group of lads and you can build on that day-in, day-out. ” “That is what the aim will be this season.”
Certainly Mike fitted straight into the side when he arrived in late January, and put in some great early performances, and immediately got he Newcastle fans behind him with his displays.
And Mike has also turned out to be just a smashing lad, and is a team player who loves playing at Newcastle, and we learned from our relegation season that those are the guys we want at the Newcastle club these days.
Mike is now in Ireland with the rest of the lads and we got some pictures from the camp earlier this morning, with some of the lads on their bikes – for an early morning ride.
And there is no truth in the unfounded rumor that the bag that Andy Carroll is seen punching, has Steven Taylor inside. 😀
“I have heard a lot about the 7am bike rides, which I am not looking forward to!” “We will get some hard work done, and the team bonding will also be good crack.”
Mike will know that with Steven Taylor back in the fray, with an opportunity to even break into the England side, Mike will face fierce competition from Coloccini and Steven, but he is competitive and will be trying his level best to get a starting position for that first tough game on Monday night, 16th August at Old Trafford.
“We have competition all over the park, and we certainly have some good players in central defense.” “It breeds competition, and that can only be healthy for our squad.”
“I came here last year and the key for me was to fit in, and I think that is what I did.”
“I have taken positives from that. I thoroughly enjoyed being in a winning team – who wouldn’t?” “I enjoyed my time, and now it is time to build on that.”
The other player we cannot ignore is Hungarian Tamas Kadar who can play at center-back and left-back and th 20 year-old has looked accomplished in the 16 times he’s already appeared for the Tyneside club, and is highly regarded by the coaches.
If Mike Williamson is successful in securing a first team central defense position this season, then that will be great for the club because it will probably mean that Steven Taylor will be played at right back, and that competition for places is what we want to see fierce.
We have Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and James Perch also trying to get into that back four at right-back – so the squad is starting to look like a fairly good one already.