Mike Williamson made his debut for Newcastle on January 25th, 2010 in a game against Crystal Palace, after Mike arrived at Newcastle not having played a first team game that season, where he was squeezed out at Portsmouth, and he was the best player on the field in that competent 2-0 win.
Mike Williamson tackles Ross Barkley on Monday night
And in fact Mike played that game while on loan, and then signed on for £1M, and played for the rest of that promotion season in place of the injured Steven Taylor.
And Mike more often than not plays well for Newcastle, and he has an excellent temperament for a big game, and we expect the 6’4″ center-back to play well at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Mike started the season as 4th choice center-back behind Colo, Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa but has a chance to stake a claim in the first team, after some dreadful Newcastle defending in the last two league games.
This is some of what Mike said in the local papers today:
“It’s a big club, and there’s plenty of competition for places,” “It’s up to the manager to pick the team. ” “I’m sure he’ll pick the 11 players and bench that will be suitable for Cardiff.”
“Most of the lads just let their football do the talking in the second half.” “I just had to win my tackles and headers.”
“The manager knows what he’s going to get from me, and I think he just wanted to freshen it up.” “There was a reaction,” “The manager said a few things, and the response was good.”
“But it was a frustrating night overall as we didn’t play how we can.” “Our offensive players worked hard, but we didn’t get what we wanted.”
“It’s a very difficult place to come, especially when Everton play like they did in the first half.” “They’re big and physical, and technically they’re good as well. “
“We struggled a little bit.” “Credit to the lads, they came out and restored some pride.” “Gouff was a bit unlucky with his chip. We hit the post, and Loic had a good strike right at the death.”
It’s interesting to note that in the last one and a half games that Williamson has played for Newcastle, we have kept a clean sheet with Mike in the middle.
That’s what we really need at Cardiff City, after leaking six poor goals in our last two league games, and it’s looking like defending could again be our weakness once again this season.
It’s a pity we didn’t go after Ajax center-half Toby Alderweireld in the summer, who was available for £5M, and is now at Atletico Madrid.
What do you think?
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