Newcastle are very thin in central defense at the moment, and it would be a bit of a calamity if either Steven Taylor or Colo were injured.
Mike Williamson - out another 6 weeks at least
Mike Williamson is still out injured, and we suppose that James Perch, Danny Simpson or Tamas Kadar could play in central defense, but neither gives you too much confidence, that they can excel in that position.
Normally we would think that Tamas Kadar could get the job done, but he’s been told to pull up his socks, if he wants to have a future at Newcastle, and that was a big surprise.
And the news today is that while center-back Mike Williamson is making good progress from the ankle injury he picked up at Scunthorpe, he is still a full six weeks away from returning to training, which doesn’t sound too great to us.
John Carver talked about Mike today with the local Newcastle press:
“Mike could be around six weeks away. In the meantime, James Perch knows that he could be called into the fray, and he can operate in a number of positions, including the center of defense.”
Mike Williamson is a legitimate Newcastle center-back, in that he showed last season he’s good enough to play in the Premier League, and he’s had an unfortunate start to this season with injuries.
Mike has 49 appearances so far for the Magpies, but has still to score his first goal, since the 27 year-old was signed for a ridiculously low fee of £ 1M in January of last year from Portsmouth – what a bargain he’s been!
We may see Newcastle go into the market for a center-back in January, when we could also potentially see another full back brought into the club, if the club can find a good enough player, who comes cheap enough.
That seems to be Newcastle’s transfer policy these days, doesn’t it?
Oh yes, and a striker should be brought in to replace Andy Carroll, and Newcastle may even have to pay £10M or more for a suitable replacement.
After all the club received a phenomenal £35M for Andy Carroll, who is not a regular starter for his new club, Liverpool, at the moment.