Mike Williamson Continues To Improve – What A Buy For £1M!

Mike Williamson has improved a lot since he signed for Newcastle from Portsmouth for £1M a short 15 months ago.

Mike Williamson – challenging Nani on Tuesday night

And Mike’s turning out to be one of Newcastle’s best ever buys as he continues to keep Steven Taylor, the former England U21 International, and highly regarded at Newcastle, on the sidelines.

We thought Williamson had an excellent game against Manchester United on Tuesday night, and especially in the second half when the full might of the Manchester United forwards were thrown at the Newcastle defense.

But our lads, to their enormous credit,  were up to the test and gained a clean sheet against a side who had scored 70 goals in their previous 32 games this season.

It’s acquisitions like Mike Williamson that we wouldn’t mind seeing more of at Newcastle, and there are good players available in the lower leagues in England – they just have to be spotted, and it’s not necessary to spend huge transfer fees to get good players at the Newcastle club.

How much would Mike be worth now in the transfer market, if he moved from Newcastle – is an excellent question.

This is what a delighted Mike Williamson, the towering 6’4″ center-back, told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“Throughout the night we had Nani, Valenica, Hernandez, Owen, Giggs and Rooney all coming at us.” “We knew we could not even give them half a yard or they would punish us.”

“Yes, we rode our luck a bit at times.” “It is about how you defend as a group and we did that well.” “Now that is something we want to see more of.”

“Any clean sheet is a good result but one against the best team in the country is fantastic.” “The lads can take confidence from it.”

“We have shown we can defend well against the best team in the world and now we need to do it again.” Williamson added: “Without a shadow of a doubt it was a big result for us.

“When we looked at the Man United and Blackpool games we thought four points would be a fantastic tally for us.” “We have achieved the first part of the aim and now we just need to recover and go again on Saturday.”

“For me Manchester United are the best team in the country by far. They have the full package and it is a pleasure to watch them play.” “I was overjoyed to take a point.”

“We rode our luck at times as they had a few chances. It was an even game – we had two chances and on another day we’ll take those chances.” “The result was a fair reflection of the game.”

“It was an incredible atmosphere – it was close to the frenzy of the Sunderland game.” “It does help you as a player and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.”

Is it just us, or is this player continuing to improve at Newcastle as this season goes on.

For a player who was completely untested at England’s  highest level, and signed for Walford from Wycombe Wanderers just over two years ago, this has to be  the 27 year-old’s best ever season in football, and he’s a credit to the Newcastle United club.

If he keeps improving like he’s done over these last 15 months, Mike could even be catching the attention of the England selectors next season.

Williamson played 15 times for Newcastle in the Championship last season, and so far he has 30 appearances for Newcastle this season, but still had to get his first goal for the club.

Maybe on Saturday at Blackpool?

Let’s hope so  – comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Willo’s been a bargain at that price, has a great understanding with Collo, and looks more assured all the time. If he’s keeping ST out of the side, then he must be a good defender.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree he’s had a terrific season but I think Steve Taylor is a better defender and will be playing next season instead of Williamson

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    one of the best NUFC bargain signing

  • G

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree on that point too Geordiedoonsooth. ST still gets vilified for some errors he made 3 or 4 seasons ago, and I think that has affected his confidence somewhat. Our strongest centre half pairing is ST and Collo.

  • toonfan09

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    think it was 500k we got him for

  • SouthLincsToon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    “signed for Walford” Didn’t know he’d been in Eastenders?

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Willo is alot better then Taylor willo takes control alot better and he ain’t as clumbsy as Taylor and he gets caught out of position alot aswell. Well that’s my opinion on it folks!

  • G

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Have to agree to disagree there carrollsinger. Don’t get me wrong, MW has done nowt wrong, but he just doesn’t have the ability of ST.

  • eaststand

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Granted, Williamson had a good game against Man U, awesome team effort, but I think he has not improved much and if anything he plays with less confidence now than when he arrived.

    He’s in the side because of the lack of quality competition for his place.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    personaly..i think we could do alot better..he makes many mistake..& if there werent for colo…

    he-s ok..as a 3rd defender..although id prefer a younger defender for a 3rd choice…

    dont get me wrong..i really think he-s ok…but like i said..if there werent for colo..ud all realize hes quite average..

  • murvar

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry but all these folk who think ST is better than Willo are on another planet. If ST is a rival to anyone it’s Colo. Williamson is stronger and better in the air than either of them, and ST is nearly as good as Colo at coming out of defence with the ball. ST was always overrated and that’s probably because he’s local.

  • Danj_008

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Its been a long time since Newcastle have had such a defensive pairing. it was good seeing the team get back behind the ball and defend as a team..

    Willy did well on Tuesday, but pace could be a bit of problem.. all it takes is for a pacy forward to get the right ball in and there’s a problem..

    Have to say Colo is pure class!

    Steve Taylor will just have to improve and work harder, which in the long run will only benefit the team..

    was a great team effort on tuesday.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Saylor’s game is riddled with a variety of errors. Willo is by far the better defender and it’s no coincidence Colo shines when partnering him, most days.

  • Davies

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with you Carrollsinger. Taylor is a bit like Ameobi – Masses of potential, but running out of time to prove himself worthy of walking into a starting 11 at the toon. Williamson occasionally looks a little nervy with the ball at his feet, but has proven to be a solid partner for Colo. Our back four looks more settled now than it ever did with Taylor in it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the lad; I just think Willo is better. True, Taylor is better going forward, but that might be one of the reasons we were so leaky at the back before.

  • cgrizzly87

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Mike has a great attitude and was a great buy at £1m, but lets not get carried away. An England callup? I like the optimism Ed, but I think my pet hamster will charter a flight to Dubai before Wilo gets a senior cap!

    Perhaps we are as excited as kids at christmas because we, Newcastle United, aren’t used to having a competent, coercive defense? 😀

  • ThaiMag

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    MW is certainly better than ST. I feel more confident when Willo is at the back. ST is far too clumsy.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Would anyone consider bidding 5 mill for bassong as a back centre half?

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18


    Transfermarkt puts his value at around £2.64m and I think the site is close to the mark on most occasions. Bought for £968k.

    I thought he played well and tackled hard and fair on Tuesday. Just needs to get some consistency. Was pretty ordinary at the start of the year but is improving.

    Problem with Staylor is I get the impression he thinks he’s better than he actually is. He didn’t want to sign a new contract (with I suspect a pay cut) even though he’d been out for 6 months, relegated etc. CH showed him his place and put him on the transfer list. Only then did he sign. Ameobi comparison may be a good one Davies. I hope not for his sake though…

  • Flood

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #19

    alrite charlietoon! i said that yesterday and got ridiculed! everyone said he wasn’t actually that good but just the hype…..

    a bit like the hype surrounding stephen ireland now!

  • breadman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    I dont think we should even compare Willos and Taylor. Williamson imo is a great defender and offers us a lot of option in set pieces. If any of you dont remember a lot of goals we have scored this season was assisted by him one way or another. He is fantastic. The only complain i have of him is that i am always afraid he might give away a penalty everytime someones taking him on one on one.

    That said, that is exactly the same problem i have with Taylor. Both are eccentric to a certain aspect. Its hard to tell who should get the top spot. But i supposed we should not drop anyone who is playing well.

    Wouldn’t mind a cheeky 4mil bid for Bassong tho, anyone?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Saylor always makes me worry. he’s the geordie bramble.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    He is a good buy at that price but made some dodgy decisions at times on tuesday and Collo had to clear up for him,otherwise he has done really well but maybe slides in on tackles when he should stay on his feet.
    Don`t think we would get more than 2.5 if we were to sell him to be honest

  • Billy1985

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    i dont understand why people say st is better than mw and st and fc are a better combination at the back……….for nearly 2 seasons now its been mw and fc mw is better other wise he would be on the bench. williamson all day for me much better than taylor. taylor thinks he is the main man but he isnt colo could skin him in his sleep lol. colo is amazing he reminds me of albert a little with him dribbling the ball up the pitch he has came good and williamson is a great partner for him. dont get me wrong loads of better defenders out there but them 2 are great for us. taylor doesnt win half as many headers as williamson and if williamson does miss 1 which is very rare colo is there tidying it up as he does so well……..never been such a defence at newcastle for a long time its looking good.

  • sammydolan

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #24

    I get the feeling ST takes for granted hes a Newcastle United player and expects to be in the team. Willo has earned to right to play, thats the difference.

  • Billy1985

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    williamson came to play and taylor was crying over a contract saying the wages weren’t enough…….get rid

  • Thump

    Apr 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #26

    If Taylor is a better defender than Williamson, why is he getting more game time?

    You all compare Tayls to Vidic or something – if he was that good he would be playing week in and out.

  • Billy1985

    Apr 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #27

    im with you thump glad someone is sensible on here lol

  • G

    Apr 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Come on now, lets not be silly about Taylor, lets not forget that some big teams were looking at his contract situation with interest. Clubs rumoured to be in with a shout were from Manyoo Chelski and Real Madrid, I know for a fact that Chelsea were deffo interested, as I spoke to one of their scouting staff when he asked me for directions from the Blue Flame, and he admitted he was interested in Taylor. Taylor has had some confidence issues, and the mistakes he is still being crucified about on the thread are a thing of the past. If I had to be critical about anything in his game, its that his challenges are often too aggressive, and he goes in showing his teeth which usually gets a flag or a whistle. Other than that, he’s an excellent centre half.

  • Weezertoon

    Apr 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Sorry G, but that’s complete rubbish. I’d be surprised if any big premier league club wants to but Taylor, I think he’s lucky to be playing for newcastle.

    Fact is, in the season we got relegated in Taylor made mistakes match in match out. Nothing has changed, every match he’s played, he’s made howling positional play mistakes. I’ve mentioned a few times examples this season of when he’s messed up. If Chelsea are interested then they can have him.

    The fact is, people at NUFC like him because he was raised locally. I don’t think he has confidence issues, I just think that he doesn’t understand his part in defence. I don’t think it’s something he’ll develop either, although i’d love him to prove me wrong.

    Williamson is twice the defender Taylor is, he’s just as physical a presence, and he also has a good defenders mind and awareness. He was a brilliant buy, and i’m glad to see a player like him getting and enjoying matches at the top level.

    I think we should sell Staylor and bring in a back up CB of a higher caliber, and start bringing Kadar through once he’s recovered.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #30

    He is one of the best bargain we got in like 5 yrs

  • breadman

    Apr 22, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #31

    agree. one of the best signings we’ve had in years. as long as we bring in such players with hearts and ability regardless of the namesake, i would be happy.We need ability, not reputation!

  • toonbrother

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    if ur werent for wilko people would see what a weak centreback colocinni is. Wilkinson is our rock at the back. Colocinni is a decent ball player and quite good at reading thegame but he is a sloppy tackler and incapable of dominating aerial battles against top strikers! Ive always maintained he would be better as a defensive midfielder than as a sweeper. If we gave Wilkinson and Taylor a run of games and Newcastle would have one of the top 4 defences in the premier league.

  • Graeme

    Apr 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Have to say that when the chips are down Saylor fills me with the same dread that Shitus Shambles used to do!! He leaves your heart in your mouth wondering what the hell he’s going to do next!!!

    Yes, he’s a Geordie, but at times he’s a liability, an accident waiting to happen!!!


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