This Player Could Become Very Important To Newcastle


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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138 comments so far

  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #1

    When they didn’t buy the cover we clearly needed we all knew this was going to happen and we are not even 4 games into the premiership.

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  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont get me wrong I wasn’t expecting big money transfers just decent strengthening in the areas that needed attention. Clearly we failed. I cant see us beating Everton.

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  • only the crest i trust

    Sep 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza toon i dont mean to be hasty but get some mates get a sociable hobby other than cyber world infact get a life

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  • rivettCatcher

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #4

    CENTRE BACKS!!!

    Aaaargh, this will be our Achilles heal this year… again.

    Williamson is awesome in the air (although Fellani will be a good match up), but on the floor he cannot deal with speed or guile.

    Has anyone noticed how quiet it is on here post transfer window… and now the school holidays have finished 🙂

    Here’s hoping Good steps up ASAP.

    HWTL!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes, can’t see us pulling up any trees if we end up going with Willo for any extended periods. Decent player, but all the same and if Simmo comes back and Willo is still in the side, starts to look a bit like Groundhog day.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Ahhh…..I see it was worthy of two threads…

    Only the crest I trust….I thank you for your concern. I do in fact have a life, one which I quite enjoy. My work keeps me by a computer for long periods of time and I choose to keep an eye on the blog, I hope this isn’t a big problem for you. Once again, thanks for the concern.

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  • Kyo

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Fellaini is going to roll us up into his afro then he’s going to smoke his afro.

    Can’t see us getting anything out of that game.

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  • G

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #8

    only the crest I trust @ post 3. Bit harsh? Dunno what the history is but that’s bullying there in my book.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #9

    On topic….Whilst he is frustrating to watch in the oppositions box and can be known for the odd blunder, he is an alright CB who can step in when needed and it looks like he is. So, let’s all just get behind the lad.

    Rivett….Have you seen anything of Good? He seems to be rated quite highly, interested to hear views if anyone has seen him play.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #10

    G…Thanks, appreciate the back-up. Not sure it counts as bullying though as I really couldn’t care less what OTCIT thinks about my personal life. Seems a tad sad to come on a football blog and make one comment about another poster yet nothing about football. Oh wait, maybe that’s one of those hobby things it mentioned?!?

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  • only the crest i trust

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza i been on blog for Quite some time like i say i wasnt meaning to be hasty but in reality you must get sick of the bullshit you write half your comments indicate that you no you write anything you think so like i say get a hobby get out there theres a whole world or are you going to say again i work all day behind the desk give over your just sad.. So go on get your little family together you have built up on here and try to belittle me i couldnt give a toss i said what i had to say .. End of peace enjoy ibiza indoors

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Good is 19 or 20 coming out of a first albeit promising season for a slightly above average A league side. To put that into some sort of perspective, a side that would have little hope of staying up in the Championship. I don’t expect to see too much of him in or around the 1st team this season.

    Of course it probably goes without saying I’ve been wrong many times about all things up to now.

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza
    You know Ian Toon is right you are the conductor of the orchestra. You have such impeccable manners. The silly get a life comment to you was dealt with by taking the guy off at the knees without him noticing. I wonder if Toon is really writing a book hes certainly getting a lot of material. Or maybe a fly on the wall documentary on the lines of the forthcoming Liverpool one. I am told Rodgers doesnt come out of it very well. I am off out.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Only the crest…..I really don’t need the assistance of anyone on here to justify my posts, nor myself as a person. In fact, I really don’t need to justify myself to you at all.

    I know you’ll pick this up as a pathetic dig, but can I suggest one of your hobbies is grammar and punctuation. In fact, words in general as you seem to have a real lack of understanding.

    Anyway, have a good night out there in the real world. Tell me, do people still laugh out there? Oh how I miss the laughter. xx

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice article thanks ed. Williamson doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Think he’ll be a big plus for us, rarely gets injured and despite the odd error is very harshly judged in my opinion.

    Although I did say the same about Simpson and he got injured about twenty minutes later. So if a story comes up in the next twenty minutes saying Williamson is injured I’m really sorry.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I have the perfect solution for Willo the shirt tugger.
    Make him wear mittens !

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Pushy…..It always amazes me how people take anything too seriously on here. It’s a blog, a virtual world if you will, how can anything hurt anyone? Madness.

    I have seen the adverts for the Liverpool mocumentary and Rodgers looked a right fool from the brief bit I saw….I suppose that isn’t hard at the reigns of the biggest joke of English football for the past 2 years.

    Have a good one.

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve seen a few people come on here and attack ibiza in these last few days. Can people not contribute to the actual blog like instead of trying to mock a regular. Which normally don’t work cos ibiza is actually probably a lot more witty, which I’m guessing is why people are attacking him. I wouldn’t worry ibiza mate your well respected on here and those that spit the venom tend to come and go. Ibiza clearly has a life as he’s a funny guy, and people that feel the need to attack seem like the one’s deviod of any love. And love is life people, love is life

    Is it still doom season on here or are we excited again yet haha?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Ah, I see ‘only the crest i trust’ is back to abuse random posters. Just what the blog needed.

    Sorry you had to take the hit this time Ibiza 😉 It’s brilliant. Go online, write a mean comment, and leave feeling satisfied with a days work. And HE is suggesting YOU get a life? My word, how do you brush things like that off so nonchalantly? You’re truly a better man than I.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    MFH….Just chop his hands off. He’s had enough warnings, time to take action.

    Fatman….From the general feeling towards Williamson, I would think you would be deemed a hero. I on the other hand will never forgive you and also think he is judged completely unfairly.

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Kapow!

    Is it gonna be on normal telly tomorrow night anybody know?

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #22

    I like williamson but if perch is fit he gets the nod from me like. Stick bigi in the middle and were cush

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh good….I see my Ibizatoon signal is in working order. Belittle him my family!!!!

    Thanks guys, I really wont lose too much sleep over it.

    pbNcl…..Love is all you need…oh and a CB, FB and a ST. Other than that, just love. Oh wait, paid sponsorship also. Then just love. Love, love, love 🙂

    TDS….So…I’m just random? 😉

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Perch far better replicates Coloccini’s role in the side. His anticipation’s good, he passes well, and he’s poor in the air 😉

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m going to watch it. Getting my first England cap. Havent been excited about England since shearer retired but strangely looking forward to it.

    Yeah some of the hatred towards our players is awful – wishing injuries on our own. But then complaining about the lack of transfers coz our squad is thin. Go figure!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Willo has come on a ton, since we signed him and that’s great for him and us, but he certainly isn’t above criticism. The shirt tugging stuff in the box, foe example, – losing game, they’ve gotta stop that.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza

    I just saw the bat signal and came running. I’m not sure, are you random? Or did you start the abuse? If so, I take back my comment, tut, and shake my head in disappointment at you.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza (from last article)

    Yes from now on I blame you for everything.

    Every defeat,every injury is down to you.

    Just everything in general,more or less.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Jawball….Constructive criticism is fine, some people can’t quite grasp that concept however and that’s where we hit problems. The shirt tugging and using him as our target man for free kicks needs to be eradicated a.s.a.p.

    Fatman….Getting your first England cap? To be honest, the last time I got excited about England was when Andy Carroll got called up.

    As for wishing injuries on our own players – it is baffling to say the least, even without the fact the same people are concerned by the lack of depth issue. As you say, go figure!?!?

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew out! Sell cisse! Kill simpson!!

    Bah. Doesn’t feel like fun all that stuff, I’d rather buy a williamson shirt and shout I love shola ameobi in french

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  • only the crest i trust

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza grammar and punctuation ,, your that pethetic you have to point that out bloody hell and then the sarcasm what a lad what a fan what a well loved blogger .. Reality a total tool who sits in his desk winging when other people are not writting comments so what does he do fill the page write any thing even when hes about to dine hahahahaha what a tit

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  • wreker16

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Nice piece ed, now watch the abuse come hurling in from all parts. Quick ed do another article and hope cheick the toastie doesn’t see the willo piece!!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #33

    pbNcl

    lot of sense in that comment…Willo with Tiote and Bigi in front of him could be good.

    Ibiza

    That is a totally disgraceful comment. Fancy suggesting we mutilate one of our own players by cutting his hands off Mittens will make Willo look cute, especially if they are fur lined.

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  • only the crest i trust

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Tds take a hike

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Belfast….I can accept that, but with that, I must to be praised for everything that goes well. I get the feeling you wont agree mind 🙂

    Tads….You said “to abuse random posters”, therefore am I random? Did I start the abuse? Ermmm…..I don’t think so, but as Belfast has quite rightly pointed out, I am at fault for everything, so I guess I’ll have to take this one on the chin

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  • wreker16

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #36

    OMG just saw cisse’s header! The lad clearly hasn’t lost it! Cisse = tank

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Who’s the mackem with a personality problem?

    Cos you actually get the odd one who’s okay

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #38

    How long before we can get excited about Stevie Taylor’s 1st cap. Must be well on the cards this qualifying campaign.

    He’d be f@#k@n great in an England shirt, all that body on the line, blood and guts stuff, don’t you think.

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  • pbNcl

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #39

    only the crest i trust

    You do realise your making yourself very unpopular very quickly. And I know popularity isn’t everything, but why the malice? Its not often people come on here and get disliked very quickly, but anybody who reads this is gonna think your a tosser. Bad day? Maybe your cush really, anything to say about football lad?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Take a hike. From the blog. Brilliant.

    I’ve only ever seen you post on two seperate occasions – one to abuse myself, and one to abuse someone else. Have you ever actually posted anything remotely constructive? Because as much as we all really appreciate your contribution, it’s all a little needlessly aggressive isn’t it?

    Where’s the love?

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