This Player Has Been Brilliant For Us – Alan Pardew

We only got one point at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, but we are hoping the great display the lads put on at Sunderland, will be a springboard for Newcastle to start playing well on a consistent basis, and start picking up some wins.

Mike Williamson – in action at Sunderland on Sunday

Alan Pardew has said this is a big week for the club with a Europa League game on Thursday night at home to Club Brugge, and a home league game against West Brom on Sunday.

Two wins there and we’ll be feeling very good about things next Monday morning. 😀

This is what the Newcastle manager told the local press today:

“It’s a big week, because we’ve now set ourselves up for Brugge.” “If we beat them, we’re almost there in the Europa League – and then West Brom. If we win that, suddenly we’re where we want to be.”

“Willo’s been brilliant. People forget I’ve never favoured anybody over anybody else, and Willo put in one of his great performances. He was brilliant for us.”

Mike Williamson has been one of Newcastle’s best buys at a bargain basement price of £1M from Portsmouth, and he has so far made 83 appearances for the Tyneside club, since joining in January of 2010.

And while he has his critics on Tyneside, the more games he plays the better he seems to get, and he played a great game alongside the majestic Fabrico Coloccini on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle have three excellent experienced center-backs in the squad right now, and when we bring in another central defender – hopefully in January – a young up and coming center-back may be the answer – someone like Virgil van Dijk, who is a 21 year-old center-back at FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

That would make sense, and we also have 19 year-old Australian Curtis Good coming through the ranks in the Newcastle U21 side, and we cannot forget local lad Remie Streete either, who turns 18 a week on Friday.

Both Curtis and Remie are excellent long term prospects at Newcastle.

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274 comments so far

  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    First – for a reason! Willo is a legend

  • fray bentos

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    @WWYCD from previous post

    Its unbelievable isn’t it?! welcome to the world of the crazy fickle fans

    Just think how poor that Stoke defence probably was compared to the average Stoke defence

    Probably yet another daft reason to get on Pardew’s back, not playing Xisco

  • fray bentos

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    @WWYCD from previous post

    Its unbelievable isn’t it?! welcome to the world of the crazy fickle fans

    Just think how poor that Stoke defence probably was compared to the average Premierhip defence

    Probably yet another daft reason to get on Pardew’s back, not playing Xisco

  • fray bentos

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Credit to the whole defence on sunday, well done lads

  • Colo-Sus

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    I have always liked Willo. Honest player, nothing flash and yes he make sthe odd error but hes a good squad player and Ed is right…alonside Colo he plays alot better as hes allowed to be the heading machine.
    He is good cover, and tbf Saylor makes alot of errors to but doesnt get anywhere near as much stick!

    The CB i would get if poss would be Alderwiereld or Van Dijk…leave Dougals for me

    Jan Ins


    Jan Outs

    Ba (maybe Hope to godd he doesnt)
    Marveaux (Loan)

    I think Marveaux has fallen out of favour, he seems tohave no desire, does not get the english ga,e, much like Benny at first but with out the quality,

    I think he could come good but needs to buy into the team ethos or Toodles!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Prime example of some fickle fans loads on here say willo isnt good enough and should be given the boot but all of a sudden after one u21 game xisco should be ahead of shola???


    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha aye its impressive reasoning isnt it? Its even stated that Stoke reserves were in no way a match for our reserves (who arent amazing all things considered) and had no senior players, we pumped them last month with the same score line (have a feeling Inman bagged a hattrick but could be wrong) but because Xisco played hes first team again

    Sorry like not for me hes still poor and hasen’t earned the right to get a game ahead of Shola or even Campbell


    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Always liked Willo, makes mistakes but very good back up and not much difference between him and Saylor over all

  • fray bentos

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Find it crazy that fans seem to know how good these reserve and youth players (in rergards to 1st team football), when really they know very little unless they are part of the training staff

    If pardew doesn’t believe he warrants the 1st team then thats all we need to know really

    Wilko on the other hand has proven again and again that he is a very usefull part of our squad, we can say this because he has actually played in our first team

  • bills-son

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    When you compare Willo to Marcelino £7M, Boumsong £8M, Bramble £6M and others too bad to mention – Willo is in a different league. For £1M he has been fantastic value for money and he IS without doubt a decent Premier League squad player.

    Fans always go over board on praise and criticism – Tiote and Cabaye (good as they are) are nowhere near as great as many fans make out and Willo and Simmo are nowhere near as bad.

    What I really like about Willo, Simmo and Perch previously is that – even though they know they are getting stick from fans – they never hide in a match and keep giving 100%. As fans, giving 100% is what we want and demand. We’ve had plenty of mercenary players with far greater skill who haven’t given even 25% commitment in 90% of the games they played in.

    Give me Willo, Simmo and Perch every time over the previous half hearted lot.

  • beefman13

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills, thats correct the lad always gives his all and so do virtually all the other players brought in to the club since relegation.

    It is so refeshing to have lads put it on the line for us.

    I still feel we need another quality centre half, that said and i am quite sure we will get one in january.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Just spotted Pardew here at the OV (maybe it is a coincidence, but Perch was here earlier) lol

  • fray bentos

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13


    Well said

    When it comes to some fans (and this goes for any fans, not just ours), players are either awfull or amazing, there doesn’t seem to be any inbetween

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    No one doubts Willo’s ability, but is it bad to want a better player for the position ? . Don’t get me wrong he is Premier League quality (last season proved that) but for a team wanting to break into the top 4 there are so many better options out there. He would get his game every week at a team like Wigan but people like Collocini are on a whole other level. Harsh but true

  • nufc 11

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    His has alot of things going for him that S.Taylor dosent he is a better CB but I have siad for a long time S.Taylor is a far better RB than CB he loves to get forward and join in he goes missing in the centre and drops off, where Willo is steady if not great odd mistake to tho.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Nufc 11

    I have to disagree there like, I have seen Taylor play at right back and he got murdered by the winger he was marking ( don’t ask me who 🙂 ) and as for Willo being a better CB I don’t see that either. Taylor is a better header of the ball
    (despite being smaller), he is quicker, scores goals, gets forward and has a better passing range than just lumping it up the field IMO

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Munster Mag- Re your post to me. The formation 4-2-3-1 was spoken of openly by Pardew pre season to anyone who sort him out. He is generally very forthcoming in answering genuine interest questions particularly to writers for the fanzines. In my hearing he has not strayed outside the managerial side of the club. When I last asked him (after the Reading game ) why he was not playing a more adventurous less long ball game he was not surprisingly tetchy. He wants to kill off games by improving ball retention something which is practiced a lot in training. It was often said that when players are available -it has always been unclear whether he meant from injury or by purchase in transfer market- his preferred Option is 4-2-3-1 . I wasn’t the only one asking question but in a group of fans. He feels the more creative and key players will best function under this system and he feels the key players have so much more to over.e You know that with Simpson, Williamson in a back four you’ve got problems passing out of defence and the one area of Tim’s game requiring attention is his kicking – your right on possession and long ball concerns. Pardew also has issues on us giving too many free kicks away. He wants to play a pass and move game and he really faught to get Anita who’s nailed on to play alongside Tiote. The problem has been having only Santon capable of bombing on- Fergi is seen as a left back but is still not ready. Anyway interestingly WBA tend to play 4-2-3-1 so who knows we might look to match them even without Tiote. Finally you asked about who I would select well in the 3 on the left Marvaeux, Cabaye and, HBA. Marv has so much more to offer as he showed pre season. Anita is perfect for this system because he is quick in thought and deed.

  • beefman13

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I noticed before the mackem game ray wilkins stated that willo and colo were the toons best defensive pairing.

    For me personally its colo and saylor.

    Willo did have maybe his best game for us on sunday and it suits him playing alomgside colo no doubts about that.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Ian…sorry I missed your reponse the last few days. Nice to see you on the blog again (with or without your Costa ;)) lol

    …so are you saying Pardew preferres 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2? but he is sticking to 4-4-2 because our defenders cannot pass the ball to safe their life? 🙂

    How about buying a new CB and RB 😉 lol (just saying)

    Okay, back to my treatments at the OV (I am feeling a backlash coming ;))

  • beefman13

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    jesper, i think we will sign a centre half, also simpson has still not signed his new deal, someone may come in for him i reckon west ham maybe for simpson so it could be a right back and centre half coming in IF simpson goes?

  • warwick

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Xisco getting a chance is like some groundhog day meme that continues to filter through among the deluded.
    How could he play for U21´s is it not the reserves?
    A hatrick for the reserves is nothing in reality lets be honest. Nile ranger was banging in hatricks for the reserves as well.
    Not sure where he reckons he´s getting the fan support from either.
    End of the day he´s away at the end of the season, simply not been good enough, if he was he would play or be around the fringes.
    Thank the oh so unwise one for that mistake.

  • bollance

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22


    Interesting post. To play more of a passing game we need to be able to pass the ball from the back to the strikers with the defence pushing up to the halfway line like everton did to us this season and what man utd do every time we play them.

    If you want to do this you need a quick back 4 or probably more specifically a fast centre back pairing as the full backs will have pushed on. Sadly we don’t. Try to do that vs west brom and we will have a repeat of last year at home!

    Everton have distan who is very fast even now and man utd have rio who is still fast.

    So we need to pass the ball better and faster centre backs. Late Xmas present in January? Young fast centre back to be groomed by colo.

  • rainrix

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #23

    This is worth a read, especially willos duel success rate, almost 70%.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Jesper Hiya mate. Or as Pushy might say “so your not giving me the bums rush” Having missed you a few times delighted your still around-LOL I read you and noticed you’ve come out of retirement on the football front. the safe option but Pardew is not the defensive manager he’s often labelled it’s a case of a small squad and injuries. Catch you later got to see a dog about a new owner.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Beefman…I would really appreciate a new CB and RB if tht will motivate Pardew to play 4-3-3 (4-2-3-1) more often.

    …I am not counting on Simpson to sign a new contract and I am more or less sure and both Pardew and MA has come to the conclusion that their gamble didn’t pay off (back to the drawingboard they go ;))

  • Grafton83

    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Before we all go completly mental lets keep a little perspective. Willo did his job on Sunday and did it well that’s one game.

    My memory is slightly longer than that though, he has made numourous errors this season and last. I don’t think it’s any defense to say well he isn’t 1st choice. He’s there to do a job and all too often he hasn’t.

    So for me he’s ok, happy to have him here as a 4th choice CB but I’d prefer us to buy someone better in the very near future because we need it. Willo for all his good intentions and hard work is not going to help us finish in the top half.

  • toon1986

    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Billance agree million % we need a big strong and quick centre half. It’s what we’ve lacked for years but surely u must be joking by saying rio is still fast ? Jesus , did u see the spurs game ? They tore him a new ars**ole!!

  • chris_g

    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Grafton83 – maybe you should refresh your memory by reading the link that rainrix posted, and in particular the bit that said:

    “Mike Williamson currently averages over 16 clearances per game. Not only is that more than double the number that Coloccini manages, no other footballer in the top four leagues in Europe averages more than 12”

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Grafton….He is not the best CB by any stretch of the imagination, but to say he wont be able to help us finish top half is way off. Didn’t he play the majority of games last season? I know we started really well with Colo and STaylor, but Willo did help finish 5th – simple truth.

    Don’t get me wrong, I believe most to all fans would happily have him upgraded to take us forward, but he’s nowhere near as bad as some make out. As for getting carried away, I don’t think anyone is, we all know the pecking order at the club and where he fits with that.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Willo has also had many fine performances too, one of the stand out ones bieng liverpool at home last season
    You take colocini out of our back four and there isnt a single one of our cb’s who look comfortable or assured, when colo’s playing wilo is a different player and to be honest not much between him and taylor playing when alongside colo

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza…I need for you to send some more money. I have enroled Wizard for two weeks as well at the OV Spa 😉

    …he was simply not making sense 😉 lol

  • mindshaft

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I really can’t unstersatnd people saying Tiote should be dropped for europe to taech him a lesson, and what lesson is that then, he’s going to miss a couple of league games which is the punishment for receiving a red card
    Obvious thing to do is actually play him in Europa to give him competitive games and keep match fresh so he doesn’t lunge in again

    Jeez the XBox football managers on here do my nut in

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Thats a great article and when you look at willos stats at the bottom its hard to build an arguement that he has no place here

  • hotdog

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #34

    mindshaft – “he doesn’t lunge in again” – You could be waiting a while take a look at his disciplinary record.

    I think most fans will back Williamson as they know he has limitations but Grafton is right here and may I add who was it who got beat by O’Shea for the scums goal!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Jesper….I’ve arranged for you to pick up some gift certificates at the wellness centre front desk. So glad you’re enjoying your treatment and are well on the road to recovery. Don’t miss this afternoons seminar at 4pm….boy you’re in for a treat.

    Mindshaft….I’d like to see some of our fine armchair managers tell Tiote they’re not going to play him. Seems a bit silly, cutting your nose off to spite your face, he can’t play PL, so swap him with one of the Europa players….I thought people were worried about the depth of our squad and the quality of our Europa teams. Obviously is conversations between Pardew and Tiote haven’t been satisfactory, further action may be needed.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Hotdog…..I know this one….it’s either Willo or Simmo…it always is.

  • hotdog

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza – You would have heard the willo one but simmo is our Gary Neville, dont you think? 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Hotdog…..That all depends….what do you think of Gary Neville? Or is the suggestion Simpson should be a pundit and give up football?

  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #39


    That was me who said on a previous thread about Tiote, are you telling me in all honesty that you are happy with him running around like a madman possessed? he obviously wants to play so he should curb his ill tempered game i said curb… not erradicate btw so he gets more game time, I for 1 am pretty fed up with continuous suspension, good player mind so we need him more on the pitch than in the stands, he may not get a lot of red cards but he collects yellows at a crazy rate!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Krul…Maybe someone just needs to explain to him you don’t win anything by collecting yellow cards – perhaps he thinks it’s some sort or reward scheme and he’s saving up for a new TV or something?

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