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.
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.