We said after the Capital One Cup win on Wednesday night, that we thought Mike Williamson would keep his place at the back on Monday night at Everton, because of a couple of things – at 6’4″ he adds height and heading ability to the back four, and he has ample experience of playing the Premier League.
Mike Williamson – determined to play a part this season
So Mike just might get the nod over Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on Monday, with Steven Taylor still out injured for another couple of weeks with a hamstring strain.
For his part Mike has talked in thtolocal press today, and says it’s always an honor to play in the black and white stripes of Newcastle:
“Every opportunity you get to put the shirt on is an honor.” “I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I’d played 90 minutes. I think it was QPR last season in the second-to-last game.”
“I always enjoy having an opportunity to play in front of the fans, and it was no different.” “I came in and we kept a clean sheet. I thought we limited their chances.”
“The manager knows what he gets when I’m in the team.” “It’s tough. There’s competition for places everywhere.” “There’s strength in depth. It’s just good to be able to push the lads and make that competition stronger.”
“I thought I did well against Leeds.” “We go into Monday now, and I’ve just got to keep pushing the first XI. Hopefully, we can pick up again.”
As you can see from Mike’s comments he’s an excellent team player, and he was a great buy from Portsmouth for just £1M in January of 2010.
He was brought in for the injured Steven Taylor, and played the second half of our promotion season, and quickly established himself in the Newcastle side.
Mike has dropped down the pecking order with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa coming in last January, and he may be fourth choice behind Colo, Steven Taylor and Mapou, but he could still be given a chance on Monday night at Everton.
We’d like to see him get a chance in that game, and for the record Mike has 102 appearances for the Magpies, but still has to score his first goal.
What do you think – and what would your team be for Monday night?
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