Michael James Williamson has turned out to be a stellar buy for Newcastle – one of the best acquisitions over the last three years, and the center-back cost just £1M from Portsmouth.
Mike Williamson – first time in Europe next season
Since signing on at Newcastle in January of 2010, Mike Williamson has been a regular starter, apart form the first half of last season, when he was out through the injury he picked up at Scunthorpe United, in the Carling Cup in August.
But when he was finally fit again, it was nicely timed in that Steven Taylor had just gone out for the season in early December with a bad Achilles injury, and Mike came in and was rushed back a bit by Alan Pardew, but after a few games to get acclimatized, he played well alongside Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.
And Newcastle ended up 5th top of the Premier League to exceed expectations, which were only for a top ten finish.
Maybe Mike can improve even more next season, as he gets his first taste of European competition, after Newcastle qualified for the Europa League.
Add to that the fact that Mike got married over the summer, and he is an excited lad at the moment, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“It’s going to be fantastic and I can’t wait.” “It’s going to be a great experience and something I’ve never came across before, so I’m looking forward to it.”
“It’s a tough one coming off the back of last season, but we’re just looking to build.” “We’ve laid the foundations now and we’ve got a fantastic squad.”
“Last season, the lads worked so hard and the performances and consistency were outstanding. We saw it every day on the training ground – something that the supporters don’t see – and everyone made an incredible contribution.”
“So we’re just going to try and keep doing what we’ve been doing and try and improve in the areas that we need to.”
With Newcastle possibly only bringing in 19 year-old Australian Curtis good to shore up the central defense, Mike will have to battle it out with Curtis and Coloccini and Steven Taylor for a center-back position next season.
For the record 28 year-old Mike Williamson has played 73 times for Newcastle and has still to score his first goal for the club,, although he went close a few times last season.
If Newcastle are to do well next season, Mike will need to be in good form, and be pushing hard for a center-back position, probably alongside his captain, Fabricio Coloccini.