Big Battle Between Williamson And Taylor Next Season


Mike Williamson is still recovering from the broken arm he somehow picked up in the gym, that forced him to miss the last 3 games of the season.

Mike Williamson – may miss pre-season

How do you break your arm in the gym?

When one door closes, another always opens and 25 year-old local lad Steven Taylor came in and grabbed his opportunity with both hands in those final 3 games, that saw Newcatsle pick up 5 points.

Steven was somewhere near his best in central defense in those games, and of course the big thing was that he scored a goal in each of the games from set pieces.

That’s something Williamson still has to do as he still looks for his first goal in Newcastle’s colors.

If Steven can produce that form next season, it will be some duel between Mike and Steve for the other central defensive position alongside Argentine Fabricio Coloccini.

But the bad news today is that Mike is unlikely to be fit for the pre-season and could miss the US tour in July.

The 27-year-old former Wycombe Wanderers, Torquay United, Watford and Portsmouth player was acquired for a measly £1M from Pompey,  peanuts, and is one of Newcastle’s best recent buys, and there’s been a few of them over the last couple of years.

The first game of the season will be on  August 13, unlucky for some (Manchester United again?), and it’s not clear whether Mike will be fit for that game, and if not it will give Steven Taylor and Coloccini a head start in the new season.

Williamson told the local Newcastle press today:

“Playing alongside Colo, I’m learning things every day.” “He surprises me day in, day out with the culture he’s got and his vision.”

“He’s unbelievable and  just a pleasure to play alongside.”   “I know it’s a cliché, but I will still be taking every game as it comes.” “It was been a fantastic season for me.”

“The atmosphere against the likes of Sunderland and Manchester United at St James’s Park was just incredible.”

“I’ve never experienced anything like it, and it would be far-fetched to think I would experience that anywhere else.”  “It’s a special club, and the fans make it.”

Stoke-born Williamson played 32 times for Newcastle last season and now has a total of 47 appearances for the Magpies.

Mike is one of our favorite Newcastle players, not only because he is a steady player who improved throughout last season, but he is also such a good lad, and has fitted in superbly at Newcastle over the last 18 months.

With Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson fighting it out for the two central defensive positions next season, Newcastle will not go too far wrong.

And we hope Hungarian International center-back, Tamas Kadar, can overcome his injury problems and start challenging again for a place in the back four.

Tamas had a terrible time of things last season with various injuries, as did another one of our up-and-coming top youngsters – 18 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic.

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179 comments so far

  • Kurt

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Taylor gets my vote

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  • Trogdor

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Saylor for president

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    3 goals in 3 games says enough for me.

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  • clinton

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4
  • youngtoonfan

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    4th? and taylor wins it every time for me

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  • youngtoonfan

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    dammit clinton

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    What happens if we sell Colo?

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Taylor, not only does he put his body on the line at the back- but will put his head in for anything to get on the score sheet !

    Top lad and great player.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Gervinho signing appears imminent announcement in Newcastle on Saturday, Sky Sports. Lille striker could join another player in the LOSC, Yoahn Cabaye among the Magpies from this weekend. The Ivorian striker’s agent Lille currently negotiate the final details of his transfer with the leaders of the English team. In operation, the LOSC could pocket 16ME. For the record, Gervinho joined Lille in 2009 paid an average of 6.5 ME at Le Mans.

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Taylor for me. And I’m not going to get too optimistic about Gervinho yet. I’ve been here with Modric and Pablo Aimar before.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Just translated that stuff Clinton. You guys keep raising my hopes about Gervinho. If that’s true I’m over the moon. Cheers for putting up the link.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    taylor for me
    i can run faster than willo,and im a karthorse ffs lol

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  • kilcline

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    If we sign Gervinho who are we going to play up front as he is not really a striker

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Usually with Summer transfers they are tied up some time late morning/early afternoon.

    Although that article states Sky Sports will announce it later- and now i have a tingling feeling we may actually get Gervinho, i hope so anyway !

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    translation” Newcastle signing appears imminent announcement Saturday on Sky Sports. Lille striker could join another player of the LOSC, Yoahn Torres, among the Magpies as early as this weekend. Lille Ivorian striker agent currently negotiate the final details of his transfer with the leaders of English training. In the operation, the LOSC could Pocket 16ME. For memory, Gervais Yao KOUASSI had joined Lille in 2009 for 6,5ME paid in le Mans.”

    Hmm 16M – believe it when he is wearing the shirt at SJP

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  • Andy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s Taylor’s to lose until he has a bad game/ bad run of form in my eyes. His last 3 games he has been very good. Particuarly against Brum where he was my MOTM. Williamson is very good cover to have but I don’t think he has the potential Taylor has. If Taylor can keep himself fit then he’ll be an England player some day! He always gets injured though so fingers crossed he stays clear

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Doh – sorry – beaten to the button

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  • Andy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    cynicals 4eva it could be a deal for both Cabaye and Gervinho? If so good business on our half

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    if gevinho signs,i would still sign 2 strikers.

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  • MonsterMagnet

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor hasn’t had a solid partner alongside him throughout his time here until Colo has stepped up his game in the last 2 seasons. As a young center half that’s a real problem. You need to learn from quality players to be one. Look at Gary Cahill, now in and out of the England team at the same age and looking likely to go to a Champions League club at some point. Cahill learnt his trade alongside Mellberg and Laursen at Villa – two experienced internationals who either played or went on to play at top Italian sides. In the same period Taylor was alongside Bramble, Boumsong, O’Brien and first season dodgy Colo, Onyewu, Cacapa (what were we thinking?…). Not exactly rocks at the back.

    Pards has said he lost his way a bit, but he’s never been shown the way. Taylor can finally become the top center half he looked like becoming 4-5 years ago now he’s got a consistent, intelligent partner in Colo, and now that there is decent competition in Willo. It’ll be an interesting scrap between them, and can only benefit both players as individuals, as well as the team.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Kilcline

    yeah, Gervinho is more a winger but can play up front. Maybe NUFC are looking at the fact that he can play both positions and will bring in one more striker. We get two players in one with Gervinho so to speak lol with him being able in them positions. Hope to god this is true.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    If he’s signing up, Striker is our next priority,Ba on a free and A decent buy, maybe Sturridge. Maybe Carr has a little Jem tucked away somewhere. Exciting times!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #23

    WT was tat gervinhio artical all abt

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    I would like to see us get Ba in on a free- with a contract that pays him on appearances.

    He would walk into our team at the moment, and with the hopeful additions of Gervinho and Sturridge, he could become an impact player from the bench?

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  • toonarmymike

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    if we sign gervinho are we going to play a 4-3-2-1 formation with gervinho and hba behind a striker. it would need a top striker to pull it off. either a target man to link up with the two players or like barcelona we need a finisher i.e villa to finish the chances gervinho, hba and cabaye would create which is why gameiro would make sense as hes a poaching finisher.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Gervinho to sign. I’m off for a w**k.

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  • kilcline

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #27

    @toon1978

    I really hope he does join, i not what you mean.

    I would take Ba and settle for Long if we get Gervinho.

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  • Baro

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I would prefer Danny Sturridge 10x more than Gameiro. What we are offering Gameiro we can get Sturridge a little cheaper and Sturridge has already adapted to this league for a while. He can bang in goals from here and there… would be a cracking signing!

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Just imagine a midfield like this lol.

    ………………………….Krul……………………….

    Simpson…….Taylor……..Colo……….enr

    ………………………..TIOTE…………………….

    GERVINHO…..CABAYE…………NZOG

    ………………………….HBA……………………..

    ……………Best or Long or Sturridge……

    Pick the more realistic upfront for yourselves lol. Heart says Sturridge head says Best.

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  • Andy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

    toonarmymike they don’t really play with a focal point of their attack. Which is why it’s difficult to defend against them, villa plays left pedro right messi wherever the hell he wants to go! It would be very ambitious to try and replicate that style of play! Would love to see us press the ball like they do though.

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  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Gerry first choice not that snotty nose twat gamairo

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  • kentonmags

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    ha ha GG nice 1 how are you mate long time no speak you spoke to SERG lately he has went really quiet

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  • kilcline

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Can i ask why people keep going on about Sturridge?

    1. Has there even been any links?
    2. He will wait till they appoint a new manager
    3. Im an still not convinced by Gervinho as i cant see Fat Mike spending over £10m on a player.

    Sturridge WOULD be our best signing but can’t see it happening.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #34

    @gg

    Okay mate see you in seven days time. 😉

    If Willo’s crocked & Campbell has gone …

    We need another CB … hopefully one that will keep both Saylor & Willo out of the team?

    Gervinho rumours are beginning to sound more positive.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #35

    KADAR, even Remi Streete.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #36

    news is coming in. mate in france just emailed me saying the hot topic there is Gervinho moving to Newcastle. I told him i’ll believe him when its official. Why would he come to Newcastle and see players like Shane Long upfront? I’m very sure we have to sign a top forward to please Gervinho.

    Anyway, Swansea just got a bid for Danny Graham accepted at 3.5million. What a shame. We should move in for him.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #37

    kentonmags, I’m fine m8. Wrote to Sgt yesterday. No answer yet. but he did put in an appearance here yesterday for 1 comment. Suppose it was his way of saying he’s fine.

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  • kentonmags

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #38

    we got to go for sturidge over gamairo or even try our luck with drogbe imagine

    GERVINHO—CAYABE—TIOTE–BENNY

    NOLAN

    DROGBA

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  • toonarmymike

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #39

    midfield of

    barton/nolan tiote cabaye
    gervinho HBA

    that is strong with jonas in back up.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jun 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #40

    If I was AP it wud be between collo and willo cos there both kak!!!!!!Dunne,Collins ,dann,Johnson, please sign a CB!!!!!

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