Mike Williamson is a good example of some of the deals Newcastle would like to make on Tyneside, as they build their team back to a top six Premier League club (we hope).
Mike Williamson – in action against Stoke City
27 year-old Mike was bought in from Portsmouth for a measly 1M 14 months ago, and immediately impressed on Tyneside, and while Steven Taylor was out injured, Mike played a huge part in getting Newcastle back into the Premier League, with some very solid performances last season.
And he has made the step up this season to the Premier League, but like any player getting used to the top level of football in England, he’s had one or two poor games, but they have been very few and far between.
Usually Mike is a huge player for Newcastle at the back, and we’ve heard fans from other sides comment that Mike always seems to be one of Newcastle best players in defense, as the 6’4″ center back can be a dominant force at the back.
And we got this lad for £1M?
Mike has been so good this season, that Steven Taylor is now fully fit and cannot get his place back in central defense, and that’s because of Mike’s consistency and solid defensive play this season.
Mike talked today about his career and coming to Newcastle:
“My priority when I first came here was to prove myself at this level and standard,” “There were a lot of question marks over my head, and whether I could prove myself and play week in, week out at Premiership level.”
“That was my aim, and I think I’ve answered a lot of my critics. Personally, I’m just starting really. I want to crack on. Competition’s fierce, especially, in the back four, and I want to play as many games as I can this season.”
“I’ll collect my thoughts at the end of the season.” “I’ve had a little taste of everything.” “I started off at Torquay, and then I was at Southampton when they were a Premiership club.”
“I saw how things were run and the talent, grit and hard work that are put in. I went to Wycombe and started my own little journey.” “It’s been thoroughly enjoyable – I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I just want to carry on at this level as long as I can.”
“They say center-halves mature in their positions later, and I’m just enjoying my football at the minute and looking forward to every challenge.” “Everyone wants to play in the Premier League – it’s what dreams are made of – and I’m just thankful it’s come together and I’m achieving a lot of my goals.”
For the record, Mike has so far played 43 times for Newcastle, but has still to score his first goal, and in his career he has 251 first class club games with 14 goals.
Mike’s story so far is a very successful one, and he will be a terrific role model to the youngsters at Newcastle, and we think Mike is going to get even better, and the more games he plays in Newcastle’s first team, the better he will become.
It’s also a good thing that a player like local lad, Steven Taylor, will desperately want his first team place back asap, so there will be competition at the back for the Magpies through the end of the season, and every player will have to play near or at their best, just to keep their place.
And that’s just exactly how it should be.
Mike Williamson has done extremely well for Newcastle , and he has been a fantastic signing for the Tyneside club, and this lad could be Newcastle’s center-back for many seasons to come.
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