With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa having been brought in last January, and with Steven Taylor pushing hard for a center-back position alongside Coloccini the captain, it didn’t look in the summer that Mike Williamson had much of a future at Newcastle, and we even thought he may be sold.
Mike Williamson – big chance for the 6’4″ center-back
But the big man didn’t want to leave Newcastle, and after playing solidly now for one and a half games for the first team, Mike is certain to start at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, and he has become an important player again on Tyneside.
We have to say that Mike is simply a first class professional, who is a team player first and foremost, and he’s said in the past, it is always an honor to play for Newcastle United.
And he steadied things at the back in the second half on Monday night, after Frenchman Yanga-Mbiwa had one of those games when he looked all at sea in that first half, and just couldn’t get to grips and handle the powerful and physical Lukaka,
Mike has talked to the local press today, and responded to a question about the Newcastle fans chanting “We want our money back” after that pathetic first half display:
“All I can say is that we’re equally if not more disappointed than them,” “We’re frustrated. We want to get back on the training pitch and put it right.”
“The fans can see it, and the players are the same. We’re striving to find that consistency and balance.”
“We’ve got some fantastic players. We struggled, but Everton are a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. They’re still unbeaten, which says a lot.”
What Williamson offers Newcastle is some experience of playing in the Premier League, and since signing on from Portsmouth for £1M in January, 2010 the Stoke-born player has made 103 appearances for the first team, but still has to score his first goal for Newcastle.
Maybe on Saturday?
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