Mike Williamson will start for Newcastle alongside Steven Taylor and he has a big job to fulfill in today’s game – to keep big Andy Carroll under control – and make sure to head those high ball away, as West Ham will send in a number of crosses today – aiming for the head of the Gateshead striker.
Mike Williamson – under-appreciated at Newcastle
Alan Pardew was singing the praises of the former Wycombe Wanderers, Watford and Portsmouth center-back before the game with Liverpool today, as he had this to say to the Sunday Sun:
“Williamson, I thought, was magnificent against Andy last season. Andy commits a lot of fouls, he is aggressive and you need to be strong against him.”
“Mike is under-appreciated as well. He has gained experience and confidence from his performances. You have to say he is a Premier League center-half now when before he was still earning that right.” “I think his best years are ahead of them.”
“Centre-halves get better from 28, 29 onwards. They know when to challenge, when to back off, or step in front of the striker, read a pass.” “Young centre-halves always make errors because they get that wrong. Mike has got a lot better at decision-making.”
It’s an important battle today between Williamson and Andy Carroll, and Mike has usually done well against the Gateshead lad, and of course they’ve trained against each other at Newcastle for a couple of seasons, so they know each other’s play well.
Mike Williamson joined us from Portsmouth in January of 2010, and he has so far played 85 times for the first team, but has yet to score his first goal for the club.
Maybe today against West Ham?
We hope so.
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