Big Test For Newcastle Center-Back Next Season


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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.



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87 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    here’s hoping he does not see 2 much playing time in PL, may be in cups though

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  • munch27

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    I read on previous post that ITV and ESPN have europa rights , this is true and here lies the problem 3 x English teams intoo 2 TV channels doesn’t compute (bearing in mind ESPN Broon nose the bindippers) ITV will side with the cockernies so doubt we will get a look in.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Munch27

    dont know abt England, but the fixtures are scheduled in a way that all english sides get some air time.

    In India we have 2 channels so no problem here

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    munch27, itv have 4 channels, could they not show 2 games at once.
    I agree with Indian Magpie, no disrespect to Williamson he always gives his all, but I just don’t think he has the ability for the Premier league

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    im pretty sure all games will get shown

    keep williamson as back up for me and bring in a another decent cb

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  • ToonAndy

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    De Jong – 10 mill
    Debuchy – 6.5
    Anita – 7 million???

    Who says we should add an extra 2 million to what Ajax want for Anita and push for Vertoghen… In this situation he would see us as a very attractive proposition… He can play left back, centre back and DM and all very well!! We’d be stupid to miss out

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  • toonpanda18

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    i think games are played at different times so we might be an early kick oof or later

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    The less we see of him next season the better tbh like

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    May I apologise to Indian!

    Sorry my friend I was a little rude and it was uncalled for.

    I am not in a good mood today but personal life and a blog should never mix.

    I actually like to read your articles as well but I lost the plot for a moment. Hope you can find forgiveness in your heart.

    By the way Willo is horse shit

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Considering the fact that he’s the biggest load of sh**e! I’d love to know what makes him one of our best signings!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    If we approach next season with simpson and williamson as first teamers, that will show an appalling lack of ambition.

    How on earth has williamson been a stellar buy? He’s clumsy and slow on the deck without any technical ball playing ability whatsoever.

    Absolute top priorities have to be a good RFB, even if we keep it in-house by promoting Tavernier and no way is Saylor ever going to play a full seasonat CB.

    Abeid can step up to play with Cabs and Tiote in a middle 3 with benny and Marveux either side of Cisse in the front 3.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #12

    My dislike for Simmo is well known and I still think despite Perch’s improved form he should never trouble the first 11 but I must say that Willo is the worst player in the first team. He shows his value to be in the lower millions and I think we should get rid but obviously Pardew has got some kind of blind loyalty to the man.

    I have not seen him put one motm performance in and looking at his former clubs it obvious to see why he has never played in the top flight often.

    I really hope that he is used sparingly next season or else I sense more 4-0 and 5-0 drubbings.

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    munch – as said Itv hav 4 channels, plus Europa league has 6pm K.O then another round of games at 8.05pm K.O so all english teams will be shown

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  • nufc786

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    i will tell you why he was playing for portsmouth reserves when we bought him and he managed to play alot of pl games for u… i remember after that norwich game we were all calling for willo next game was stoke and you lot were praising him to bits……. a little respect to the players we have yes there are better players out there…..

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Nail on the head @ rotunda

    They cannot be in the starting 11 next season or I for one will become vocal regarding my distain

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    ToonAndy – its all well and good bidding the extra £2mill nd going for Vertonghen, but how exactly will that get over the problem that Spurs are facing with the loyalty bonus which is why his move to them looks like collapsing? Ajax still wont honour the clause because its us instead of Spurs, and Vertonghen wont suddenly decide to leave without the clause being paid because its us instead of Spurs

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  • nufc786

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    *and he managed to play alot of pl games for us….*

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  • chris_g

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m glad someone brought up the question of broadcast rights for the europa games.

    I’m in Australia and I wondered if we’d be getting any tv coverage down here, so I did a bit of digging and found this wiki page which gives a lot of information. I was disappointed to see that we’re probably going to miss out over here, but I thought it would be useful to put this link up so that all the overseas readers on this blog can check what the current situation is in their area:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UEFA_Europa_League_broadcasters#2012.E2.80.932015_broadcasters

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  • Toontappy

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Twitter is saying that Fox Sport News has announced the signing of Curtis Good to the Toon for £600,000,not sure what,academy player?or pushing for the bench any ideas?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #20

    786

    Stoke are a bit of a one off who don’t play quick passing football, like city, united, Chelsea, Arsenal etc etc. In fact stoke don’t play football full stop. They will obviously be joined by another non football team next season in West Ham.

    I would much rather throw 10m at a M’Biwa type, ie a ball playing defender with skill and pace, than some of the people
    we’re linked with. Replace willo with M’Biwa and Simpson with debuchy and we will make CL

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Nick 69 we could offer Ajax £15m for the pair of them, Ajax could tell Vertonghen that Anita was responsible for 12 of the £15m so Vertonghen would only get £450k for his cut-off, it would keep Ajax happy
    The chances of doing this is probably nil, but you never know ?

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  • blew

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #22

    I read a feature am today to the effect we dont buy English because the players are overpriced – IMO at £1M Williamson is overpriced

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  • nufc786

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda heights
    i see what u mean but the abuse on willo is something he doesnt deserve we all know there are better players out there but we must appreciate what a shift he put in ..

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #24

    As soon as we are reported to not be going for a big name centre half, bloggers on this site start slating big Willo, wtf, you are like a pack of wolves and are not willing to show the man any respect.

    May I remind you all, that this is a NUFC player and deserves your total respect and loyalty,

    Would rather have Willo than some of the names being bantered about.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    same with simmo

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  • nufc786

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Oldgit1
    anyone in the black and white shirt that puts the effort in has my respect… im glad u feel the same way…

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Spoof – good idea in theory, however I dont think Vertonghen would be that gullible to believe that they accepted £3mill for him considering they wanted £9.5 off Spurs, he’s not willing to budge on his 15% of the £9.5mill they accepted from Spurs so I think he would just stay put in that situation and walk away for free next year and get probably £2-3mill signing on fee from someone

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Oldgit – Willo isnt getting slated because we’re not buying a new CB, its because he isnt good enough, and single handedly cost us a load of goals last season. I support everyone who plays in black and white, however that doesn’t mean you have to bury your head in the sand and think that they are all good enough to wear the shirt week in week out. The only way a team improves is by focusing on the week points and strengthening them, and Willo is a major weakness.

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  • josh

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Here we go again. The lad was a 750k buy and look how he is now! Get competition, not a replacement. I don’t think it shows a lack of ambition at all. He is a great player and could become en better. If he does get game time next season im confident there will be many portions of humble pie served up. Bench or pitch he can do a job. Collo started life in the prem total wank and became a great player, willo ain’t even wank. Total lack of fucking respect branding him as shite etc. 5th in the epl, o yeah he was carnage…….

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  • GFH

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Oldgit and nufc 786 I’m with you all the way , Willo puts his shift in and was Man of the Match several times last season , thats judged by the sponsors not by me.The only reason he was playing for Pompey reserves when we signed him was because Pompey faced extra fees if they played him in the first team , fees which they could not afford! It is always possible to identify better players and where we can we should be trying to buy them , but we can do that without bad-mouthing those of our players who make the effort for the side.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Why should we be thankful that he put a shift in?

    Like shearer said about England, that his job. Go to a factory, a hospital or an army barracks. That’s putting a shift in.

    He gets paid lots of money and by roghts hebshould put a shift in. At the end of the day it’s about quality! I could work hard at cb but I am not good enough

    I will not thank him for doing his job. And people shouldn’t defend him because is he attrocious.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Oldgit

    with respect you are talking ………..!!

    In the past we have had some shocking players. Putting them in a black and white shirt didn’t make them any less shocking.
    I appreciate good, even great players who can do justice to the shirt.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Nick 69, even if he was gullible enough you can be sure his agent wouldn’t be, to be honest it was a tongue in cheek post.
    What this has done is put doubts into my mind about Vertonghen, as good as a player that he seems to be you have to question his motives, he was giving the impression of being desperate to play for Spurs which is what you would want to get from a possible signing, however his Spurs contract will almost certainly make him a millionaire yet he will sacrifice what he describes as being a dream move for the sake of what to him is roughly 6 months worth of wages, it does make you question his motives

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  • josh

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Spot on gfh. Total lack of respect shown by “fans” I did have a rant but it didn’t publish and I can’t be arsed to retype but either way the lad can do a job and he can play. It’s so frustrating when we’ve done so well and yet people feel the need to single out a player and brand him. Good job we had him, who the f*** else was going to play. Ungrateful. Collo was wank in the prem to start and he’s now a great player, willo is a good player now. And he’s got more potential. But no, let’s just write him off for made up and undeserved reasons and single him out if we concede even if at the time he was taking the first ever hover dump on the moon.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Putting in a shift should be an absolute given, especially for the obscene amount of money they’re on.

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #36

    @ Nick 69, *Im not saying Willo is setting the world a light, Pardew must see something in him or he would have got rid by now, 1 mil would not be a grest loss.
    I dont believe he cost us tha champs league place, there are another ten players on the park so defeats have to be a collective thing. One player having a poor game happens all the time but we still win some.

    If Willo did not play we may not have got into Europe,, for that he has my respect as do all the players.

    Willo does not deserve the abuse that is being aimed at him.

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  • josh

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #37

    @blew. Congrats on the most hands down, outrageously stupid comment over typed. Willo overpriced at 1m. Beehave

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #38

    i didnt say he cost us Champs League, but he did cost us at least 5 goals from his own mistakes.

    As far as us not getting into europe if he didnt play?? come on, you name me one point saving, or match winning tackle, block or performance from him and ill give you that one, but I guarantee you’ll struggle

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Shawcross from Stoke anyone ?, part ex deal with Williamson, younger, scores goals and better imo

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d go along with that Big Pappa, is he available, does anyone know

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