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.