News today that Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has recalled center-back Mike Williamson from his loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers and the reason is because Jamaal Lascelles has picked up what is termed a minor hamstring injury in the weekend’s crushing defeat at Crystal Palace.
Yet another hamstring injury picked up in training by a Newcastle player.
Mike Williamson has been in good form for Wolves in the five games he’s played for them and with Newcastle struggling at center-back he should have been given a chance in the first team by now.
Mike Williamson scoring against Northampton
In fact a decent move as far as we are concerned would be to bring Mike into the back four for Fab Coloccini.
And if Mike repeats what he’s done in the past when he’s come in from the cold at Newcastle – he’ll have a good game too.
Yes, it’s true that Williamson has taken some heated criticism from Newcastle fans particularly for last season – but he played well in pre-season and he’s a very good professional.
Mike turned 32 earlier this month and will not give up like some of our players have done in the last two games.
This is his final season on Tyneside so we think he’s worth a start in the middle of the defense – maybe even against the Reds on Sunday.
Mike was supposed to stay at Wolves until January, but he will now be available for the tough December schedule coming up.
He’s played 171 times for Newcastle with two goals over the last five years and 134 of those appearances have been in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren keeps talking about getting experienced players into the side in January, but he hasn’t used some of them we already have at the club.
And Steve also seems to ignore Siem de Jong – another potentially top player – who hasn’t been given a chance this season, even though the team has been hopeless too many times.
It’s got to be frustrating for Siem right now.
And we are also hoping that Kevin Mbabu is fit again and he could come in at left-back for Paul Dummett who has struggled over the last three games and Wilfried Zaha gave him a bit of a runaround on Saturday.
Steve McClaren cannot keep with the same team again – whether he likes it or not his job is at stake and he has to try something new for the Liverpool game.
What do you think?