Mike Williamson Turning Out A Great Buy For Just £1M

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.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • austoon

    Sep 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    bramble cost 1 mil as well. makes him an even greater buy

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    i agree, he has been good, if only he had a good rightback along side him we would have done even better.

  • darryl burleigh

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Bramble was bought for £6 million, the mackems bought him for a mill!

  • G

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    MW looked the part last season, and he looks the part this season. I would have to say it is possible that he might be the best million we ever spent as a football club. Cany anybody else suggest a better ‘bang per buck’ player?

  • Davies

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5


  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    G-Bassong £500,000

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    G-N’Zogbia £250,000

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    G-Leon Best (I was joking on this one) 🙂

  • darryl burleigh

    Sep 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Kevin keegan 😛

  • G

    Sep 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    SJT, Bassong and Zoggy came with all the other baggage which we usually acquire with a French player, which so far, we haven’t had to tollerate from MW. I would still say that MW was money better spent, although I concede that its a very arguable point. I was also think Andy Cole earlier who I think we signed for just under 2M and made a canny proffit on.

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    if we talk of profit Jonathan woodgate and jermaine Jenas. also come to mind.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Baggage or Not the players mentioned where excellent value and would both still get in the current newcastle side irrespective of luggage 🙂

  • moonraker

    Sep 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Ginola !!!

  • G

    Sep 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Ginola had his baggage too, but is a pretty good shout moonraker. Still the most skillfull player I have seen in my lifetime in a toon top.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Sep 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Shearer £15million, at the time a British transfer record, but still a bargain.

  • baro

    Sep 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    He is certain a bargain buy. Improved his game this year.

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Given signed for us in the summer of 1997 for a fee of £1.5 million from Blackburn under Kenny Daglish. We got a good 12 years out of Shay.

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Willo been massive for us since he joined us. I think it says a lot more about Chris Hughton actually.

    That man really can spot a bargain. How else do you explain that Gosling episode. Not a lot of people saw that coming.

  • sir_norman

    Sep 17, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #19

    gosling is for the future..MW hv the rite physique to play in top flight..CH,dont play Campbell or Taylor!!

  • chuck

    Sep 17, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Williamson, a great bargin ?
    Sorry not the Williamson I have watched, sure a decent journeyman, but which other EPL side would he start on ?
    Well still a youngish player who can improve, but he has to work on his distribution, gives the ball away too much.
    However a decent backup CD.

  • chuck

    Sep 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Gosling ?
    Face it, we just dont know.
    Had a few decent games with Everton, really not that many and who remembers ?
    Lotta hype surrounding him, we will see ?


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