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.
“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.