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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