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This Player A Great Example At Newcastle

10:18 am, Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

We are big fans of Mike Williamson, simply because the player gives everything he has when he plays for Newcastle, and his concentration levels during a game are always high, and while he’s nowhere near world-class, he’s done a very good job for Newcastle since he was signed from Portsmouth for just £1M in January of 2010.

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Mike Williamson- great example to other players not in the side

And Mike has clawed his way back to being a starter in central defense, after starting the season as number four center-back, and sometimes not even in the match day squad of 18, but it seems that competition at Newcastle brings out the very best in the Stoke-born player, who turns 30 tomorrow.

Mike has talked in the local Newcastle press today:

“It is just waiting for the opportunity.”  “When you don’t feel there is light at the end of the tunnel, and the team isn’t playing well, you feel you have a point to make to the manager there is talent throughout the squad.”

“So yes, it is difficult but you have to keep the faith and keep believing.”  “That is what the manager tried to instill in the squad as well.” “I had to believe my chance to start would come.”

Mike finally got his chance this season, in the League Cup tie against Leeds United in late September, and he had a very good game, and we thought he should have kept his place for the next game at Everton on the following Monday night.

He didn’t, but he was brought on at half time with Everton leading 3-0, and he played well with Colo at the back, and has been in the side ever since, and has played extremely well.

We don’t know if Colo will start on Sunday at Tottenham, but if he does Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will probably be the one to give way, but that would be tough on the Frenchman after Mapou has played so well in the last couple of games for the side.

We think Mike and Mapou (sounds like a rock group) will continue in central defense on Sunday.

For the record, Mike Williamson has now played 108 times for Newcastle, but has yet to score his first goal – maybe at Tottenham on Sunday?

Mike is a great example to other Newcastle players as to what to do when you are not in the side and maybe not even on the subs bench, keep believing, keep your head down, and work like hell in training.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Premier League



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    good on Willo, fought his way back into the team through hard work and commitment. we need more of that from players like Cisse and Obertan

  • 2 english yeoman // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Well, despite the worthless opinions of the Fifa and FM brigade, the stats say it all for Willo.

    He plays, Toon keep clean sheets. It’s not rocket science.

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Willo for England? ;)

    Fair play to willo though, the lads a grafter through and through and whilst it’s great to have flair etc you need players like willo to make a squad who come in and do a job
    In all fairness to him he looks one of our best CB’s atm!

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    very impressed with him…towards the end of his time in the team last year he was making a lot of sloppy mistakes.

    He has gone away, got his head down, worked hard and seemed to even work on keeping the ball on the deck too.

    Never good to right people off, they can always improve vastly with the proper coaching and self determination…he has identified his weaknesses and improved upon them.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    english yeoman…if stats says it all then Simpson was the PL’s best right back when playing for us ;)

    …rember There are lies, damned lies and statistics!

  • 6 SeanNufc87 // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    English yeoman

    Lol look at last season’s stats, I dont think we won a game wheb he played. Give yer head a shake, the bloke was atrocious, hes buckled down, worked hhardand now he looks like a competant player, hes hardly setting the world alight mate

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // Nov 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    unless you’re a young player. then you will never get a chance

  • 8 Lee Dodd // Nov 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Iron Mike Has Never Let us down . Same with James Perch and Danny Simpson. We should have kept them 2 . Look at whats happened so farr with Defenders this season. Go On Iron Mike Fill Ya Boots Son..

  • 9 bobby mango // Nov 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Funny how things changed.
    He was getting some horrendous stick this season, people begging for him to go to Cardiff.

    If the sudden upturn an example of fans being fickle or his game turning round dramatically.
    Fancy it’s a slight bit of both.

    Always wanted him to stay, although I did see him as 4th choice.

    1 criticism, which is to Pardew, is the predictable set-plays when he’s playing. Although Cabaye’s delivery to Gouf vs indicates we might be changing for the better.

    While I’m at it I think the current trend of slating S. Taylor is also way over the top.
    He may be a pen risk at times but that lad is a very adequate prem defender.




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