Mike Williamson is one of our favorite players, and that’s because he’s such an honest lad, and he always gives his very best for the side when he plays, and of course this season has been his best season for Newcastle, and he was our Man of the Match on Sunday, in the fantastic 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
Mike Williamson – an honor to wear the Newcastle shirt
Mike was fourth choice at center-back at Newcastle at the start of the season, and he was even available in the summer – if anybody had come in and made a decent bid for him he would have been gone, and playing well right now for another club.
But that didn’t happen, and ever since he came on at Everton in the second half, after we were 3-0 down and playing terribly, and settled the defense down at the back, he has been the first choice this season.
Mike has played 24 times for Newcastle, and in the previous four full seasons since joining in January 2010, that’s the least number of times he’s played for the first team in any season.
And Mike has said it was an honor to play for Newcastle before , and he’s said that again today – this is what Williamson told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’ve always said since I’ve been here – whether I’ve been in or out of the team – that I want to put the shirt on as many times as I can,”
“It’s an absolute honor to do that – I can’t stress that enough.” “I’m enjoying it more than ever, and I want to play as many games as I can and keep on adding to our performances.”
“The remaining games are extremely important,” “It’ll be a different test at Hull, but just as hard as Villa. They came here and took three points, so we want to go there do the same.”
And after the game on Sunday, a delighted Alan Pardew thought Mike had a great game, although he also said that Loic Remy was the best player on the pitch that day – something our readers didn’t agree with in our Man of the Match poll.
This is what Alan had said about Williamson after the game on Sunday:
“Williamson, I thought, was fantastic against Benteke in the air, who is probably the best aerial attacking player,” “I thought he was outstanding.”
Mike has been one of Newcastle’s best buys over the last five years at £1M from Portsmouth, and at 6’4″ he adds height at the back, and he always plays within his abilities as a player.
But he’s good in the tackle and a good header of the ball, and reads the game now a lot better than he did when he first arrived in January, 2010, and his partnership at the back with captain Coloccini has always been good.
These are the types of players we want at Newcastle, as we are at the moment trying to restore the dignity and good name of the club – somebody who wants to be here and always honors the club.
Mike Williamson is an unlikely hero at Newcastle this season, and if anybody deserves that, for the contribution – 125 total appearances – he’s made to the team over the last four years, it’s this 30 year-old.
Keep up the good work Mike.
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