26-year-old Mike Williamson had an excellent game on Saturday against PSV, especially in the second half, and he is a no-nonsense type of defender who will no doubt learn greatly from the vast experience of Sol Campbell this season.
Mike Williamson – good game Saturday
Mike told us he learned an awful lot from the experienced Fabricio Coloccini since January, and now he has a chance to learn from another very experienced center-back.
Mike will no doubt take the opportunity to learn from Sol Campbell, who seems only too willing to pass on his experience to the other players, especially the defenders in the Newcastle squad.
Williamson said today:
“It is going to be great to be playing and training alongside a player of Sol’s ability every day.”
“Look at the number of appearances he has made, the teams he has played for and the international caps he has – it is an amazing record.” “He is up there with Tony Adams as one of the best English defenders of the last decade or so.”
“I am buzzing to be playing alongside him and it is fantastic to have that opportunity. First of all it was Colo (Fabricio Coloccini) who I was picking up little bits off, now it is somebody else.”
“I intend to pick up on everything from Sol – his movement, his positional play, his talking and his leadership.” “I am really pleased he is here because it just gives me an opportunity to kick on now.”
“I know some people might look at it and say the more defenders we have the less chance I have of playing but, honestly, every top Premier League side needs that kind of competition for places.”
Campbell is not in Spain for tonight’s friendly with Deportivo La Coruna, as he works hard to catch up on his fitness, since Sol is a full 3 weeks behind the other lads at the club.
The lads started their training in early July and completed their boot camp in Dublin, Ireland.
What we need is a good start to the season, starting with a decent result at Old Trafford on Monday night, 16th August. Everybody expects a Red Devils win, so any other result would be great for Newcastle.
“First and foremost we need Premier League safety.”
“However, if we can win a few in the first few weeks, we can start looking up towards the higher end of the division.”
First things first and Mike is right – the club needs to survive next season as job one.
The next step up is if we can avoid to even be in a relegation fight next season, and the next step up would be competing somewhere in the top half of the table as Birmingham ended up doing last season.
But we’ll be very happy just to survive next season – and then push on from there.