Mike Williamson is currently keeping Sol Campbell out of the Newcastle first team, and the £1M buy from Portsmouth could well turn out to be a terrific signing for Newcastle United.
Mike Williamson – we’re getting the job done
Certainly since Mike came to the club last January, he’s played very solidly at the back for the Magpies, and his no-nonsense type of play has made him an instant favorite with the Newcastle fans.
With Newcastle’s more than decent start to the season, there is a growing confidence on Tyneside that Newcastle may do a lot better than anybody expected this season – but like manager Chris Hughton – nobody is getting carried away with anything at the moment.
“Within the camp, we set our stall out from the start, we had our ambitions and we are sticking to that.” “We are achieving what we set out to achieve at the minute and it is just a case of keeping the momentum.”
“‘The boys knew we were going to be one of the favorites to go down and we haven’t exactly gone out and spent millions in the transfer window.” “But what the manager has done is added quality, and that’s one of his strengths.”
“The club has made a statement that we don’t need to do that, we have got a blend between young and old and youth and experience, and that is going to stand us in good stead.” “We know that by sticking together with the quality we have got, that we will be fine.” “We don’t look too far back and we don’t look too far ahead, we just look at the next game as the most important.”
‘We will attack this game like every other game, wanting to take the three points from it.”
Those are good words from Mike, and indeed Newcastle are following the Arsenal blueprint to success, and it’s maybe even fitting that the lads will host Arsenal in the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
Arsene Wenger has not spent too much money, but he has brought through some top youngsters at the Emirates Stadium, and only yesterday manager Wenger said Arsenal would continue along that path.
There’s something more legitimate and exacting about a team that builds up that way rather than say a club like Chelsea or Manchester City.
The Eastlands club have gone out spent half a billion pounds in transfer fees on their team in the last couple of years – there’s something that just seems wrong about that.
But Newcastle’s youth policy already seems to be paying off big time with youngsters like Andy Carroll, Shane Ferguson, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar and Haris Vuckic, amongst others, all coming through very nicely at the Tyneside club.
But it’s got to be one step at a time, and the next team up for Newcastle at home tomorrow afternoon is Stoke City, and a win in that game would be what we want to see.