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.