Newcastle Defenders Have A Few Games To Prove Their Worth

After watching Mike Williamson perform admirably in the game against PSV last Saturday we thought the former Watford man  would be a certainty to partner Fabricio Coloccini in central defense against Manchester United a week on Monday.

Mike Williamson – will have a few games to show his worth

But then up stepped James Perch on Tuesday night in Spain, to put in an excellent performance, again alongside the in-form Argentine International, and now we’re not too sure.

Although James will most likely get to start at right-back in out first PL game for 15 months, with Mike in the middle with Coloccini.

Certainly there’s a little competition for places developing at Newcastle, with Sol Campbell getting back to fitness quickly, and presumably when he’s fit he will be a first choice.

And our next game is at Ibrox on Saturday, against Glasgow Rangers, we may well see a starting back four of Perch, Williamson, Coloccini and Enrique.

Chris Hughton was very pleased with the solidity shown by his side on Tuesday evening in Spain, and he will be hoping for another good performance on Saturday afternoon, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There are no fresh injury worries for Rangers and we’ve got no problems ahead of the game.”

“It was pleasing to get a clean sheet against Deportivo La Coruna and, of course, that’s something we would love to continue.”

“That’s what you look for from you defence.”

Sol Campbell is very busy working on his fitness and reducing that waist-line, although the jibes he got about that were way over the top, remember this guy is a true professional, and we are lucky to have him for at least one season on Tyneside.

And we’ve noticed since Sol signed along the bottom line that Coloccini, Williamson, Perch and 19 year-old James Tavernier have all played well in central defense for the Magpies.

Surprising how competition can get some players at the top of their form, isn’t it?

The lads currently fit will have a few games to prove themselves before Sol  comes in – and it seems that Sol will partner Coloccini at the back – but not if Mike Williamson has any say in that.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sorry but why should Sol step right into the first team when Mike has played the tail end of last season & helped us get promoted but people are saying that Sol will be 1st choice???

    I think that the team should be picked on their current form & Sol hasn’t shown us anything yet, so I think the line up for Manc Usa should be Perch, Williamson, Coloccini and Enrique!!!

  • benscott123123

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #2

    also forgetting Ryan Taylor who’s been in good form, I’d still agree with the above defensive line up for the start of the season

  • geordielad880

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I dont think ryan taylor has been in good form myself, he always has that tendency to make a stupid tackle in the wrong area, rather than staying on his feet, he isnt good enough defensively for a right back, or good enough attacking for a RM, he is only good at crossing and passing in general.
    And on sol campbell he said in a interview the other day, he wanted to sign for a club where he had would start, and play regular football, so im assuming hughton has told him if he is fit, he will play

  • Solaidback

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Taylors best position is right midfield, not right back, so I think that position is between Perch & Simpson once he’s fit again…

    As for Sol, so CH is going to play him in a side he’s not played in before just because thats the reason he signed for us, I don’t think so, CH will play those that are playing well, I don’t think he’s the sort to bend under peir pressure from Sol… if he does & Sol fraks up, then he’ll be boo’d off the pitch….

  • greek toon

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Lads according to all greek sources, and italian, Olympiakos where in talks with Arevallo Rios from Uruguay but that has broken down as Newcastle have had a 2.5m euro bid accepted with the the player accepting also. reports have been like this for 2 days, with them saying he has packed his backs for england. great signing for me

    Routledge——–Ben Arfa—————Jonas

    bench-Krul, Perch, Williamson, Guthrie, Smith, Lovendkrands, Best

  • chuck

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Both Perch and Williamson not exactly big names (how many Toon fans had been aware of either before being signed) have to yet prove they are capeable of performing in the PL.

    With Colo, Campbell , Taylor and Enrique, with perhaps Taylor at RB when fit, it maybe tough for them to get a game.

    However we shall have to see how they do, who knows they may turn out to be good buys and at least be available to replace any injuries across the back four or be rotated in and out along with others in the side.

    Hughton has it appears turned out to be an astute coach and manager as far as platooning the squad.

    He certainly used a policy of horses for courses in his use of players last season, frequently changing the look of the side according to whom
    and where we played.

    It appears the RB position is up for grabs Simpson having failed to cement the role for himself, would like to see someone like an Onuoha or Richards brought in , which would give us a solid back four.

    That and the signing of Ben Arfa, who according to accounts seems to favor a move here.
    Yes it would probably take somewhere in the region of ten million to secure the pair, peanuts when you look at the numbers being talked about by the big clubs.

    Securing two decent players of that quality would send a message of serious intentions and would not only improve the side but could be used to attract decent signings in the future.
    But then what do i know ?

  • benscott123123

    Aug 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    no doubt I agree when S.taylor perch and simpson are fit he will be fourth choice, I think at the moment he’s playing some of his best football he has in a newcastle shirt but unfortunately for him it’s still probably not good enough to get a starting place.

    On another note I’m not filled with confidence that any of our strikers are capable of getting 10 goals next season I think we need an experienced premiership goal scorer???

  • rknufc

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    any more news on ben arfa??

  • Freddie

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    does anyone know about these reports coming in saying were after some turkish striker from bayern munich? or is it just rubbish?

  • howay man

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I take it your on about Dennis Yilmaz, freddie. He’s been constantly linked with us, To be honest I know nothing of him, although you can understand how he hasn’t got into that side with all the talent they have got, Id say its a gameble which we wont take like we would have done in the past.

  • howay man

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #12

    rknufc, I wouldnt expect anything untill Marseilles get a replacement, im sure I read that they were in for Nzogbia. Although if you want a rumour, me mates reckon its a done deal.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Ryan Taylor’s a top asset and most underrated. Guthrie too. We need these type of players if we are to mount a serious challenge in one of the cups this season. I’d love it if we could put together a serious cup run… love it!

  • howay man

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    greek toon, I really doubt him coming just because of the type of player chris said he was looking at, under 26, and all that, I really think that stephen sunday would be a better acquisition, very talented, and very cheap Id imagine considering he was on trial at Blackpool.

  • Freddie

    Aug 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    yeh thats exactly him, cheer guys! so there is nothing really there? because imo i would prefer that djao from sporting if we can get him!

  • balubas1

    Aug 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Williamson is showing great potential. Sol is not a natural starter for us until he is fit like a fiddle:)

    We have a quite strong defensive line if we don’t have any injuries.. S.Taylor, Collocini, Campell, Williamson = 4 GOOD CB’s. And a superstar leftback;););)

    RB is the most unsure one.. but we have a talented Simpson who might develop in to a good RB. And R.Taylor for backup which is an OK player. All over mediocre, but that right foot of his will provide some goals and assists this season. U Know It !!

    Not mentioning Kadar here since I’m still wondering how he will end up. Unproven in PL as I see it.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 5, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #17

    @greek toon
    COMPLETELY AGREE – that formation is defonitely successful as it was used by spain, holland and germany at the world cup!
    Arevallo looks alright and ben arfa is quality
    TAKE NOTICE!! Ryan Taylor is crap – a true newcastle fan who has seen him play will agree with that! We need two signings, taylor sold, youngsters loaned out (except vuckic and maybe kadar), one or two loans in to fill the squad

  • Michael

    Aug 6, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve seen Ryan Taylor play loads and he isn’t crap. He’s very offensively minded for a full back but he scores goals as a result and this has dug out results for us in the recent past.

  • chuck

    Aug 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Nah! like GTA said, he`s crap .

  • Michael

    Aug 6, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #20

    You’re being very subjective. I can remember 2-3 goals that were decisive last season but no Titf*ck Bumble (Lol mackems) moments from RT.

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 6, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Greek toon I’d have Nolan in there instead of Smith. He can tackle, is strong on the ball and lets face it has far more attacking threat than smith will ever have.

    I also think Rtaylor is a decent cover for Roughtledge but not the step up that will fire up Wayne’s copmpetitve juices. The thing is Rtaylor think he has and has said his preferred position is right back….sadly we can all see he is a better right winger as he can cross the ball and score a goal but cannot seem to defend to save his life


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