Pardew – Mike Williamson Has Been Brilliant For Me

27 year-old Mike Williamson has been one of Newcastle’s best signings for years.

Mike Williamson – 6’4″ center-back brilliant for Newcastle United

Mike was rescued from Portsmouth just over a year ago, when he was signed for just £1M, and he has made the transition to the Premier League with apparent ease, after he had played great football  in the Newcastle run-in to the season last year.

Mile has another solid display for Newcastle on Saturday, in what was his 38th appearance for Newcastle, and of course he signed an improved contract late last year that will keep him at the club through the summer of 2016.

The Newcastle defender played another excellent game alongside Fabricio Coloccini at Ewood Park, and it seemed to us the two center-backs were more concerned about scoring the winning goal,  as they easily dominated the Blackburn strikers.

Both players were not good (we are being polite), against Arsenal in that first half, but since then they have been back to their very best.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“Mike was outstanding at Blackburn.” “You couldn’t put criticism at his door last week – you have to put it to the whole team for what happened.”

“It’s nothing to do with just one individual, if you aren’t right, you aren’t right and we weren’t right for the opening 26 minutes against Arsenal.” “The center-halves will suffer when it’s not right as a whole.”

“The team were right at Blackburn and the center-halves excelled because everything was operating around them like it should have been.”

We expect more clean sheets from Newcastle this season, but that’s the third clean sheet this year, and the defense has certainly improved this season since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside.

Pardew continued:

“Defensively we have been brilliant since I’ve been here – apart from one half against Arsenal.” “They were back to their best at Blackburn.”

“It’s a jump up this season for Mike Williamson in the Premier League. He has ticked the boxes.”

“He dealt with Chris Samba, who is a real handful as we all know, and all game he was the standout player.”

So Steven Taylor will certainly not walk into the team, once he returns to training tomorrow.

But it’s good to have three very good center-backs at Newcastle, and young Tamas Kadar coming through also.

But we see that Tamas again missed the Huddersfield home draw against Oldham over the weekend, and is probably still out injured with his hamstring.

If Huddersfield manager Lee Clark wants to take Tamas for the rest of the season,  the 20 year-old Hungarian International would get some great first team experience, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    great signing for us.

  • sammydolan

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I still believe that he should be in the middle with Taylor with Collo at right back. Solid back 4 that is. Yea ok simpson has been good but i see him more attacking

  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    32 years supporting the toon and we finally have a settled defense with solid players ….just a pity none of them are 20 goals a season defenders!!

  • Edd Case

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    1st half against Arsenal was his worst 45 mins yet.

    But that was the whole team not just him.

    He’s a snip at what we paid for him, he’s settled in well and he reads the game much better than Taylor imo.

    Decent player, not world class by any stretch but certainly a capable Premiership standard player.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    suddenly i hear about pardew say willie his great signing…funny coz willie is CH great signing…

  • cg

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Solid defense (mostly), midfield with bartoon and tiote. Now if we could just get a top 2 with the same quality 😉

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry he just isn’t up to it he had a very good start but is now being found out. His marking is poor and he lets his man get away from him far to easily inside the box. We look much more solid with S Taylor & Colo in the centre. I played CB at Norther League & Isthmian league level so tho’ not a pro it was decent football. I also have my coaching badges so I think I know a little bit about the game.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Malaysia-RASHID, Pardew didn’t say that Williamson was his great signing or anyone else’s (read the quotes) Ed said “27 year-old Mike Williamson has been one of Newcastle’s best signings for years”.

    Case of blind hate me thinks.

  • Mags

    Feb 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    He was great in the fizzy pop but has been found wanting numerous times in the premier league.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    My team for 2moro





    Bir 0-2 newcastle

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Reading some of the quotes Pardew has been saying, it looks like Ranger is going to start tomorrow. Funny how things change, I remember about 5-6 weeks ago when Pardew didnt even mention Ranger in his list of strikers that he has available.

  • Sinner

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    12 games remaining.
    For us to survive,we need:
    3 wins
    2 wins and 2 draws
    1 win and 5 draws.
    8 draws.

    2 wins and 2 draws seems the easiest.
    I reckon we have great chance of beating Wolves,Birmingham(At home) and West brom!
    So a win tomorrow would push us UP!!
    Its been so long we have not taste victory,dont know how it feels anymore. 🙁

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Well, our prayers are answered everyone, reports that Ronaldo (the old one) is under attempted persuasion to come out of retirement for 6 months to help us out. Oh joy, another 34 yo striker ffs. Its probably bollox though

  • boater

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Ronaldo linked! Does anyone know about this player? He’s old now but I seem to remember he was fairly useful when he was in his pomp.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    34 boater, same as kuqi. He retired so will be unfit, and I seem to remember he got dead fat too

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Cracking signing, but it’s horses for courses as far as I’m concerned. Taylor is the better over all defender, but Willo is great against teams like Blackburn how offer a direct attack, but against quicker, cleverer teams like the Gunners he suffers and Taylor seems to be quicker at reading the games better.
    But in a physical battle Willo comes out top. Like I say two cracking defenders and should be utilised accordingly to partner the best Centre Back since Woody in Colo!

  • Overseas Newcastle - Cheik out Tiotes back pocket

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #17

    I have now understood why some people pick Taylor over Willo.

    He started greatly, but after that suspension against Bolton he hasn’t been the same.

    Taylor over him any day 🙂

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Problem with Taylor is that he’s injury prone. Two games and he’s out for weeks and just how long is it going to take before refs start to see his handballs?

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Still not convinced about Mike,he can do some great things but the easy things like reading a strikers run he is very slow off the blocks and is often left watchin and Colo has to cover

  • sammydolan

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Ronaldo has retired…

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Eventually Williamson on the bench with Taylor and Collocini starting. A good signing for the price though. Most games quite solid although he puts his arms around strikers often and eventually will be caught. Slow on the turn but reasonable in the air. A solid backup for us. Another draw tomorrow? I hope Martins doesn’t score but his pace could be a problem for us. Start Ranger with Best and press from the start. Bring in Kuqi for 15 minutes when Best usually tires. Peter just hasn’t been good enough.


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