One reason Newcastle have done really well in the last couple of months, is because of the return to the team of Mike Williamson, who has added some steel to the Newcastle rearguard, and this lad – signed for a measly £1M from Portsmouth almost four years ago – is playing the best football of his career at the moment at 30 years old.
Mike Williamson in action at Old Trafford
Mike played his 100th league game for Newcastle against Arsenal on Sunday, and in total he has 117 appearances for the Magpies but has still to score his first goal for the club, and on Sunday we thought it was his header that hit the cross=bar before half time – but it was Matthieu Debuchy.
Since Williamson came on against Everton at the beginning of the second half at Goodison Park, with Newcastle 3-0 down, the lads have played well and are now 8th top of the Premier League but still only 4 points out of the top four.
Mike has talked to the local press today before our game at West Brom tomorrow afternoon:
“Everyone sets targets and goals.” “And it was always about coming here, testing myself at the highest level and playing as often as I could.”
“I always had a figure in my head of making 500 league appearances when I started off playing, and being at a big club sometimes, you don’t get that opportunity week in and week out.”
“But I’m going to carry on doing my best, and hopefully continue the form personally.” “I want to add to that tally and make as many appearances as I can this year.”
“It would be nice to add a goal.” “That’s one thing I wouldn’t mind changing.” “The lads don’t say much in the dressing room about it.”
“I get more stick from my friends always sticking a quid on me every week.” “I’m very aware of that statistic.”
In Mike’s career so far – he’s also played games at Torquay, Wycombe Wanderers and Watford – he has a total of 315 appearances with 14 goals, so he still has lots of games to play before reaching 500 appearances.
And to think it looked like Mike’s career was over at Newcastle in the summer – with Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa all ahead of him in the pecking order at center-back.
It shows Mike’s character that he’s fought his way back into the side, and he has played really well for the Magpies so far this season.
Now we need to get a win at the Hawthorns tomorrow afternoon, and that game could be a tricky one, following our disappointing result against Arsenal.
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