This Newcastle Player Not A Modern Day Defender

John Anderson was Newcastle central defender from 1982 through 1992, and yesterday he was interviewed in the Chronicle and he gave his  views on the current defenders at the club.

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Mike Williamson – old fashioned defender

It’s interesting to see what John says of our current back four at Newcastle, who have done really well in the last three games, only conceding two goals in extra time in the League Cup tie against Manchester City.

“Williamson divides opinion because he is not a modern-day defender.” “He does not get on the ball and try to play, but what he does do he does very effectively. He wants to defend.”

“If it is there to be headed, he heads it. If it is there to be shifted, he shifts.” “That is what he is paid for and he has done his job very well in the last two games.”

“Yanga-Mbiwa’s different, he is very tidy on the ball and can play a bit, so they make a good combination and it is getting better, hence the clean sheets.

“I still think positionally he can be suspect, but he is getting there.” “The same goes for Debuchy, he has really improved over the last month or so and he is starting to become the player we all thought he was, the player we want him to be.

“Someone said to me the other day Santon’s the best left-back in the Premier League, and I thought he is a long way off that.” “He still worries me now and again, but he is a modern-day full-back, playing more like a winger, because he is a good ball carrier. “

“He can play the game.”

Mike and Mapou have been very effective together in the last three games and it remains to be seen in  Alan Pardew will break that partnership up for the game at home on Saturday to Norwich City, maybe he wont.

And Davide Santon is a very good player going forward,  but his defensive qualities still need to improve, for him to become a really top class full back – but he’s getting there.

What do you think?

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5 comments so far

  • ash1001

    Nov 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Williamson for me is 110% a NUFC -play for the team player, whats to be done is done.

    More than happy with the rest of the defence most times but the odd mistakes will always be made, part of the game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    The same can be said for Mwiba, if either have a poor game the captain gets his place back, a luxury we have had for three and a half seasons now. Madness.

  • Sav

    Nov 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon cleared the ball from the full-back position against Spurs, struck a Spurs player not 10 yards away and it ended up with a crucial Krul save at close quarters. Santon often abandons the corner of the pitch and the opposing winger to Gouffran while he stands on the edge of the 6-yard box hoping to cut out the cross. Must do better.

  • toonluvva

    Nov 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Sometimes there are situations in a match when the best thing to do is just clear the danger.

    Therefore if you have someone in the back 4 who is capable of dealing with a dangerous situation by putting the ball into row ZZ then so much the better.

    The fans might like to see a defender turning a defensive situation into an attacking one, but it is not always the best option.

  • nufc 11

    Nov 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon is not a defender he cant defend and cant cross the ball first time while playing lb coz he is right footed spilt second chances to cross and hurt teams are missed bcoz of this.


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