Mike Williamson Terrific So Far In Premier League

It seems that Chris Hughton has been very pleased with his central defender Mike Williamson.

Mike Williamson – has been in  great form this season

Defender Mike Williamson has always wanted to play in England’s top league and prove he is good enough, especially after his terrible spell at Portsmouth, where he never got a first team game, mainly  because of Portsmouth’s diabolical finance situation.

Williamson was signed by Newcastle in January for a measly £1M, and is turning out to be a great signing for Newcastle, although we seem to have made a few of them this season.

Through the first four months of last season, Mike’s career was not going anywhere – and then he signed for Newcastle, initially on a one game loan deal, until he could be signed permanently.

He was the man of the match in his first game at St. James’ Park against Crystal Palace in a good 2-0 win, and he didn’t put a foot wrong.

The 6’4″ 26-year-old played for Torquay,  Southampton, Wycombe Wanderers and then Watford, before joining Portsmouth last year, but since he’s moved to Tybeside he’s been outstanding.

Chris Hughton talked about Mike today:

“It is early days, but Mike Williamson has been terrific so far,”  “He has had to wait for this chance to play in the Premier League and he has had some frustrations along the way.”

“There is always going to be a question mark about any player who has not played at that particular level before, but he has done very well in our first three games.”

“We always felt he was someone who could make that step up, but you don’t know for certain. It’s the same with any player.”   “But he is a very good defender and he has shown that so far.”

“I think he has probably been one of our best players so far and that is down to him.”   “He had a good season with us last year and he has carried that form with him into the Premier League.”

“As I’ve said, nobody is getting carried away with the start we have had and Mike will be the same. There is a long way to go.”

Mike has appeared for Newcastle 19 times so far, but is likely to add to that in the next few seasons if he can keep up his great form while he’s been on Tyneside.

As former Newcastle great Bobby Moncur said this week, Mike is intelligent enough to play within his capabilities, and is a no-nonsense central defender – and Bobby knows what he’s talking about too.

Mike should improve as he goes through this season,  and it’s going to be interesting as to who eventually starts in central defense once Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor are fully fit again.

It’s going to be hard to dislodge Mike when he’s in this form.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 8, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    What a bargain at only £1 million!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree with these comments but still think out best back four when everyone is fit is S Taylor, Campbell, Collo, Enrique. I don’t think much will get bast these four.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    meant “pastnot bast”

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree just a little bit with your best back four. Campbell has a lot of expirience but as long as Mike continue to play as he done, I cant see any reason to put him in the bench.

  • leedodd

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    I would Leave The Back 4 as it is – use sol and Steven Taylor when they are Injured etc.
    Midfield is Wicked and the Strikers are Fine for now – Maybe we still need a New Star Centre Forward In January but for Now – Well Done Chris . He will soon Be a Legend !!!!!!!!!!

  • leedodd

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Best Million £ We have spent in the Last few years or so. Nice Lad Not Big Headed Like some we can Mention all he wants to do is play football .

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m impress with Mike Williamson since he came in last January. So much, that I’ve got his name at the back of my 3rd White Puma Jersey. As for our back 4… Perch has been average. So, when Campbell is fit, I love to see Williamson partnering Sol Campbell at the back, while Coloccini moves to the rightback. He has played there for Argentina & Depor before… Plus, Jose Enrique.. Our defence will be superb!

  • John

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Not to overly impressed with him, he should have got a block on e banks blake second goal, but could come leaps and bounds with sol at his side.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    john, you’re not overly impressed by him? Have you been watching the full games or just the highlights, because he has consistantly been one of the best players on the pitch, he cuts things out early and some of his mopping up (especially in the Manure game) has been top class.

    Also, as Leedodd said, he seems very level headed and comes across well in interviews.

    Chris Hughton can take a certain level of pride in the way Williamson has taken to the Premier league, fantastic buy!

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    He should stay in starting line up imo!!

    Impressed since started in championship and bar a few nerves against manure he’s consistant and very good in the air.

    So stoke scored against us. Manure strolled x3!

    Agree with Jesus!!!

  • altern8tif

    Sep 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Would stick out my neck to say that he would probably be the bargain buy of the season in the premier league.


    Sep 9, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #12


  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 9, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Seems to me our best back 4 will depend firstly on who’s available fit and not suspended and then who we are playing. I would think about playing Sol against the thugs from Wolves and Stoke etc and Coloccini against more mobile footballing sides. For me Saylor makes right back at best.

  • baro

    Sep 9, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #14

    I use to never like this guy and that was not too long ago. But, he really has changed my opinion on him. He has improved every game with Chris Hughton working with him. Doesn’t have much speed but always times his tackle perfectly.


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