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.