Mike Williamson has always been a favorite of ours, ever since he was brought to Newcastle almost two years ago, for a bargain £1M from Portsmouth.
Mike Williamson – played very well at Bolton
Because of the terms of the deal Portsmouth made with his former club Watford, when he was signed on in late August of 2009, Portsmouth didn’t want to play him in the first team.
The fee was said to be up to £3M, and that depended on the number of games he played, and it seems Portsmouth were unwilling to play him at all in their first team for over four months.
That’s when Portsmouth were in dire straights on the money front, and things don’t seem to be much improved since then, and they are again facing severe financial difficulties.
Mike played great in his debut against Crystal Palace in January of 2010, and last season he showed he is a Premier League class player with an excellent temperament, as he stepped up to the plate for Newcastle.
Unfortunately he was injured back in August in the early part of the season, and that ankle injury has kept him out for a full four months.
Mike has talked today about that injury:
“At the time, I didn’t think the injury would be as serious as it proved,” “Initially, I tried to run it off because I didn’t know what I had done. But it turned out to be a strange twist involving my knee and my ankle.”
“When it was looked at the next day, I quickly realised the length of time I was going to be out for. It’s been a long time to reflect, but I’ve done a lot of good rehab and the medical team here have worked me hard.”
“I played the last half of the Championship season and the whole of the first season in the Premier League barring the last few games, so I don’t really feel as though I have to establish myself or anything like that,”
“I’ve had a good period in the team here, it’s just unfortunate that I’ve also had a couple of injuries along the way. It would be nice to stay injury free now and just concentrate on putting some good performances in.”
“It’s easy to come into a team where everyone works as hard as they do here,” said Williamson. “We’ve got a good team spirit and there’s a lot of confidence here at the moment.
“From the first game of the season, the lads have kept the same momentum, both in games and in training. The spirit is high and everyone is positive.”
Mike Williamson is just a smashing lad and an excellent team player and first class professorial, and we just have to hope he can now go injury-free for the rest of the season.
We are hoping he can again form a terrific partnership at the back with captain Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle.
For the record, Mike has played 51 times for the Magpies, but has yet to score his first goal – maybe at Liverpool on Friday night?
But it was clear on Monday afternoon, just how important he was to the Newcastle defense, and he won almost every ball in the air, something that Newcastle have needed at the back ever since the very impressive Steven Taylor was injured late in the Chelsea game.
And if Mike had played last Wednesday against West Brom, we could have even won that game, but it was probably too early for him to return.
It was wasn’t it? 😀
But there’s no doubt things can be looking up for Newcastle, as they will be able to field a very strong side in their next four games, and could even improve on their current 7th place in the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!