Mike Williamson could turn out to be one of Chris Hughton’s best ever signings, after he rescued the Stoke-on-Trent born 27 year-old player from Portsmouth last January.
Mike Williamson watches Bendtner do a Ballerina impression yesterday
After watching Williamson in action yesterday, it’s hard to think he cost only £1M from Portsmouth, and he’s already worth a lot more than that in the transfer market.
And it was interesting that the TV commentators yesterday said that Arsenal had got a good center-back in Laurent Koscielny, even though he cost them around £9M from Lorient, and yet Mike was playing in the same game, looked just as good, and cost Newcastle just £1M. Does that make Mike a £9M center-back? 😀
Newcastle more than matched Arsenal yesterday, and Williamson had another sterling game alongside Fab Coloccini, and it could be that subs Sol Campbell and Steve Taylor will have to wait just a little longer on the bench in coming games.
Mike talked about the game yesterday:
“Coming to the Emirates, everybody knew what to expect.” “They were going to have the majority of possession, but they had to deal with it individually, and as a team.”
“We had to keep our discipline and limit their chances, which I think we did superbly.” “We know Andy and Shola up front are going to cause problems for anyone – they’re such a presence.”
“We had to just keep our discipline and keep going, and we knew Andy would take one of his chances, which he did.” “It’s challenge after challenge, and I feel as though I’m doing well and doing myself justice.”
“I feel I’m growing as a person and as a player.” “It’s a special thing the boys have got here. We’re a very close-knit group, and I think it showed.”
Mike will probably be pinching himself with what is happening right now, because when he was at Portsmouth for 5 months, he didn’t make one single first team appearance.
But he’s been a wonderful buy for Newcastle United, and is proving he can step up to becoming a Premier League class player.