When this season started Mike Williamson was 4th choice center-back at Newcastle, and there were rumors he would move on in the summer, since Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been drafted in from Montpellier in January, but Mike didn’t want to leave the Magpies, and he has again showed this season what a first class professional he is, and his good performances for Newcastle are too often taken for granted.
Mike Williamson – under-rated at Newcastle
Take last Saturday for instance, and after the game Alan Pardew said Willo was touch and go and hadn’t trained much before the game, but you wouldn’t have thought that, the way he played at the back when Newcastle were under tremendous pressure in that second half.
And for a fee of £1M, Mike has paid that back many times over, in the 105 appearances he’s made for Newcastle since he signed on in January of 2010 from Portsmouth.
Mike has played against Sunderland five times for Newcastle, and he has talked today in the local papers about the upcoming derby on Sunday afternoon and what Newcastle have to do:
“That will be another tough one,” “We know it’ll be a very tough battle to say the least, and if we don’t turn up and match them, we’ll struggle.”
“We know what we’ve got in the changing room. It’s just about translating that on to the pitch on a Saturday.” “If everyone does the basics, we know we’ve got the players to cause the opposition lots of problems.”
“It’s about building that consistency and momentum.”
The major problem on Sunday will be if Newcastle take Sunderland lightly – if we do that then Sunderland will register their first win of the season, and after what happened in April that would be painful, very painful.
It looks like Mike will be partnered by Steven Taylor at the Stadium of Light, and Steven will train this week, and all being well he will get his first start since the disaster at the Etihad Stadium in the first game of the season., when he picked up a straight red card just before half time.
If Steven doesn’t make it then local hero Paul Dummett will get the start, and from what we’ve seen from Paul this season, he has a great temperament and will not disappoint, and we expect a new contract to be signed by Paul, maybe before the Sunderland game on Sunday – he certainly deserves it.
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