There have been reports this last week that Mike Williamson could make a permanent move to Wolves next month, but from what Steve McClaren has said in his interview to the local press today that doesn´t look like it will happen.
The Chronicle reported last week they had information that Newcastle would target forwards next month and not defenders.
While that seems like another huge mistake being made by those running the club – if it´s true then we have to keep a player like Mike Williamson on board through the end of the season.
Mike Williamson – can still do a job this season for Newcastle
This is what Steve McClaren has said today in the local press:
“I think the goalkeeping situation is definitely one we’re looking very closely at.” “We don’t have to decide now, but coming up, and certainly by the summer, it will be a crucial one.”
“It’s vitally important.” “The experienced players are vital, and that’s whether they’re playing or not.” The likes of Mike Williamson and Rob Elliot, we like them around because their standards on the training field are very good.
“That’s what you need, and they set the tone and the standard for others to follow. When Willo was away and Rob was injured, we didn’t really have that.
“We’ve got more of that now to support the likes of Jack, Moussa and Colo, who are probably the seniors or the leaders.”
“Experienced players are crucial. They know it, and it’s not just the club, but the Premier League.” “It’s a tough league. It’s not a complicated league – you need certain ingredients.”
“Robustness is one of them, experience, character, being a winner. They have that, and you hope that will spread to the young players coming through.”
Those are savvy words from the Newcastle manager.
Willo is currently out with a hamstring problem and has taken some significant stick from Newcastle fans this year.
But he played well in pre-season and the question to ask is who would come into the side if Colo or Mbemba are injured?
Jamaal Lascelles is an up and coming center-back but has very little experience in the Premier League and top class football and he needs to be introduced gradually.
Steven Taylor should be fit again in a couple of weeks time and could do the job, but because of his poor injury record it´s just too risky to rely on the local lad.
Willo could come in and do the job for Newcastle – as he´s done in the past in times of need.
And he played very well on loan at Wolves – so to keep him at the club until his contract runs out at the end of June seems a sensible decision by Steve McClaren.
That´s much better then trying to make a buck off him, by selling him in January and then putting the team at risk.
That´s what Newcastle have done too many times in the past – with one example being how we let Davide Santon leave for Inter-Milan on the very last day of last January´s transfer window.
It´s not a coincidence that we are now weak and not very well off at left-back.
Maybe Steve McClaren is adding some common sense to the way the club is being run.
What do you think?