So far this season Mike Williamson is probably the one player at Newcastle, who has shown he can make the Premier League grade, of the Newcastle payers who have never played in England’s top tier before.
Mike Williamson – in form center-back
Mike has put in some accomplished performances in central defense for the Newcastle side so far this season, and is keeping a fit Sol Campbell out of the side.
Mike talked this morning about how how he has waited to get the chance to play in the Premier League:
“I’ve waited a long time to get my chance in the Premier League and everyone knows how frustrating it was for me to go to Portsmouth last year and not play a single game.”“I’ve been really pleased with my own performances.”
“This is something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life really.” “I’ve had a few setbacks along the way, but I feel as though all the patience and hardwork has paid off.”
“It’s fantastic to be able to show I can play at this level.” “I do feel as though I’ve begun well and I’m good enough to play in the Premier League. Every week I know I’m going to be playing against top players, the best in the country, so I won’t take anything for granted.”
“Every match is a clean slate, that’s how I look at it. It doesn’t matter what has happened before, it’s up to me to perform week after week. I’ve got to maintain the good start I’ve had.”
“I don’t get too carried away when I’ve played well and I don’t get too down when I’ve played badly.” It’s the same with the team. We’re trying to stay on an even keel.”
The battle for places in central defense will only get more intense once Steven Taylor returns to the fray from injury, and then who the two best center-backs are between Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell, young Tamas Kadar and Steven Taylor will be a tough one to call for Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
But for £1M, Mike has to be one of the best buys Newcastle have made for a long time, and dare we say it, he even seems to be getting better with almost every game, as he forges a great partnership with Argentine Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the Newcastle defense.