Mike Williamson has been recalled from his loan spell at Wolves presumably because Jamaal Lascelles has picked up a hamstring injury, but Steve McClaren should have recalled him even if Jamaal was still fit.
Mike has played well for Wolves in five games on loan and he has a habit of coming back into the Newcastle side after being out a while and then playing well.
Steve McClaren – big changes for Liverpool?
It will be difficult for him to do as poorly as some of the other Newcastle defenders in the last two games, because we have looked like a Championship side playing the big boys.
The big boys in this case have been Leicester City and Crystal Palace who were low down in the league a year ago with Leicester bottom on 10 points from 14 games.
That´s Newcastle´s record at the moment and we are second bottom of the league.
Steve McClaren may have to make some big changes in his side for Sunday´s very tough game at home to a resurgent Liverpool with Mike Williamson, Siem de Jong, fit-again Kevin Mbabu and forgotten man Sylvain Marveaux all said to be in contention.
Those in danger of losing their places are players like Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Paul Dummett.
Williamson will have been surprised to have been recalled earlier this week, but he´s a positive player and a good professional who is in the last six months of his contract at Newcastle.
This is what he had to say on nufcTV:
“You want to be playing at the highest level you can.” “And if that’s the case I am happy to be back.”
“My time at Wolves was a good opportunity and a very good fit with a young group.” “I got on well with the manager Kenny Jackett.”
“Hopefully I can play on Sunday and it will be worth coming back.” “I got the phone call on Monday saying to be in training for Tuesday.”
“I will train in the next couple of days.” “Jamaal has a hamstring, but I was expecting to be there at Wolves for the Christmas period and a couple of games in January.”
Williamson last played in a Premier League game against West Ham on May 24th and did not have a good second half of the season under interim coach John Carver.
Mike also came in for some withering criticism from Newcastle fans, but we are hoping he can help shore things up in December and early January before new players can come in.
Some players need to start playing well otherwise we´ll be in very bad shape come January.