Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson could turn out to be one of Newcastle’s best ever signings.
Mike Williamson – in action against Wayne Rooney
Mike cost a paltry £1M when the Tyneside club rescued him in January from his plight at Portsmouth, who are now 4th bottom of the Championship, after 9 games.
And since that time Mike has played solidly at the back for Newcastle, in making 23 appearances so far for the club
Sol Campbell wasn’t fit when he arrived at Newcastle, following his honeymoon in July, but he has worked hard in training and is now match fit, but is finding it hard to dislodge either Williamson or Coloccini in Newcastle’s defense.
Mike was asked if Campbell’s arrival on Tyneside had come as a kind of blow, and Williamson answered:
“No, not one bit, I looked on it as a massive opportunity.” “He is a player I have always admired and looked at from afar through his career, and I just thought what an amazing opportunity it was to learn from such a character day in, day out.”
“I just thought it was a great opportunity because I am still learning my trade and trying to ply it at the top level, and it’s a good thing for me.”
“Coming to a club like Newcastle, you are never going to be handed the shirt – there is always going to be competition, and I know that.” “That’s healthy, that’s part of why you want to test yourself against the best players.”
Those are good words from Mike, and shows what an excellent professional he is.
Sol may get a start tomorrow at Eastlands, where his vast experience could be an advantage for Newcastle, especially after the lads gave away two sloppy goals to lose to Stoke last time out.
But the chances are that Chris Hughton will again field an unchanged team, and Sol will be on the bench.