One player at Newcastle who may be thrust into the action at Everton next Monday night is 6’4″ center-back Mike Williamson, since it seems very unlikely that Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini will make that game, after being injured in South America while training with the Argentine squad.
Mike Williamson – in action at St. James’ Park against Atromitos
Mike has only played in two of the five games Newcastle have played so far, and they were both against Atromitos in the Europa League qualifying tie.
And of course that’s the very first taste of European action that Mike has had, having worked his way up from the lower leagues and now played 75 times for Newcastle United, since he joined us from Portsmouth in January of 2010 for a measly £1M, and he has been a solid performer for the Magpies since then – certainly he’s been another excellent buy.
Mike will probably play in Europe in most of the six games through the end of this year, but he may also be needed in the Premier League, depending on who Alan Pardew prefers to partner Steven Taylor in central defense, between Mike and the versatile James Perch.
This is what Mike said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“It was an interesting draw.” “There’s some good places to go and the main thing I took from it is progression. I’ve been looking at where we can get the results from and how we can progress on to the next stage of the competition, and I believe it’s set up well for us.
“Our trip to Greece gave us a taster of what the Europa League will entail. I personally enjoyed it, but it was also tough going, playing in the heat and humidity and then having a quick turnaround before your next Premier League game.”
“The squad are looking forward to it though. It is going to be an adventure and an experience and something that we can all look back on fondly at the end of our careers.” “It’s very different to the Premier League. The competitive edge, the fans – it all adds to the atmosphere and I loved that.”
“Hopefully in the group stage it will be more of the same, if not even more competitive. Everyone is going to want to progress.”
Mike can still do a good job for Newcastle this season at the back, although he may take a few game sin the Premier League to get acclimatized to things.
But as he showed last December when he was rushed back to replace the injured Steven Taylor Mike is more than capable of playing solidly at the back in Newcastle’s colors.
We often think Mike is under-rated at Newcastle, but with Fabricio being out probably for a number of weeks – just how long has still to come from the Newcastle medics, Mike has the chance to get some significant playing time for Newcastle, and he becomes a very important player over the next several weeks.
We think Mike can get the job done for Newcastle – we hope Mike can get the job done for Newcastle.
What do you think?
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