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McClaren Could Give These Two Defenders A Start On Sunday

1:17 pm, Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

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 head home from thauvin northamtpon

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Kevin Mbabu · Loan Moves · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Premier League

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Ed…It’s a good idea to keep Colo in the team? Does that not contradict what you’ve recently been saying about our beloved “Fab” captain?

    Granted Mbemba has made mistakes too, more recently imo, but if a CB is to be dropped, surely it’s Colo?

  • 2 Bambams // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    They sent him on loan with a view to sell……
    Mike has his good days and his bad but it just again makes us look foolish.
    Just can’t understand why we didn’t sign a CB we have been after for nearly four years in the last window.

  • 3 TheToonKing // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    agree with Ibiza….if anyone should be getting dropped it’s Colo. Hell, he should be getting dropped even if we have no other defender at all.

  • 4 BandB // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM


    I almost posted earlier that if anyone is dropped it will be Mbemba.
    You know why.

  • 5 John Tudor // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    if anyones dropped it is his guts
    the stench is unbearable

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    ToonKing…Even if not basing it purely on his woeful performances, a message needs to be sent to the players, and Colo is the perfect one to start with imo.

    BandB…Well, we wouldn’t want to drop the summers best signing.

    Read a post of yours earlier and you’ll pleased to hear something clicked for me.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    i wouldnt mind seeing williamson and mbemba as our cb’s !

    it’s worth a try as anyone with colo just isnt working.

  • 8 croftus5678 // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:37 PM


  • 9 BandB // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:39 PM


    Are you sure that wasn’t my knotting needles clicking?
    I’m at the cooking sherry again, waiting for the housey to open.
    We’d hate anyone to be afflicted with childish name calling.

  • 10 reilly // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    has willo been brought back to replace colo or mbemba or sit on the bench,my guess is the latter.
    if its to replace colo thats a massive statement from mcclaren.

  • 11 BandB // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Apparently auto-correct has heard of knotting needles, but has never heard of knitting.

  • 12 optimistic prime // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    McLarens not going to drop Colo, he’s recalled Willo just in time for the captains Christmas cruise home.

  • 13 John Tudor // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    the only statement mucca is interested in, is his one from the bank

  • 14 Lager_arm // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    This squad is crying out to try 5 at the back. Shit centre halves and full backs that go forward ok but can’t defend,surely it’s been obvious for weeks. Give it a go, it can’t be any worse than the last 3 weeks performances.

  • 15 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    a 9-0-1 wouldtn solve our issues at the back, only chancel has been decent…

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    BandB…I’m fairly sure it was the cogs in my brain…but am I 100% sure…

    We would hate that. No need at all.

  • 17 marshy // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    in my opinion mbabu is a must as he was brilliant on his debut. Never ever thought I would say this but williamson should play instead of collo. they should also learn to man mark as at the moment there is no marking at all.

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Everyone keep an eye on Ed. I’ve just read a report linking Austin with Soton in January…

  • 19 martoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I’ve always stuck up for Willo on here as a decent average defender – the thing about him is yes he is slow but he knows it and mostly compensates for it by reading the game and anticipating. Whereas Colo still thinks he is fast and gets caught out because he is not anymore.
    I agree with others I would replace Colo with Willo however I think McC will only use him as cover.

  • 20 John Tudor // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    mucca will need somthing biggar to hide behind than willo

  • 21 Ravostag // Dec 1, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    I cannot believe the comments on this blog that seem to think that Willo is now a better option than Colocinni. For months now Williamson has been receiving dogs abuse from readers stating that he must never play again. Of course his is better than Colo he can head an ball and stays on his feet which makes him an improvement on Colo.

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