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This Experienced Player Is Going Nowhere In January

8:32 am, Saturday, December 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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.

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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.

Hope so.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Coaching · Contracts · Fabricio Coloccini · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I think the article in the Mag is actually more telling…especially of all the pokies Steve tells ?

  • 2 hibbitt // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    morning all……game could be in doubt today the amount of rain we have had and the forcast is for a lot more the pitch was soden against villa and i think we have had a lot more in the last 18 hours with more to come if its played its not going to be pretty

  • 3 stan anderson // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Seasons joy to all the real fans of the Toon.
    Wonder why its only the fans who realise we need to strengthen our defense and these nobheads running the show dont see it.We have shipped in far to many goals over the last seasons.
    I always say you start a match with a point and if you dont concede you are awarded at least that point even if you dont nick a goal and get 3 points.
    1 point a match all season is near as damn it safety in P/L.
    This may not be a positive outlook but it is better than playing shite and getting hammered by Palace and other inferior clubs,
    This is my opinion anyway.

  • 4 Ron Knee // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Morning jesper

    Mediocrity is its own reward!

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Morning hibbitt

    Are other PL matches in doubt, or is it just the North East?

  • 6 lesh // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    McClaren trying to bring some common sense to the running of the Club?

    Try as he might, he’ll be pi$$ing against the wind with Charnley.

  • 7 lesh // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM


  • 8 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    In defensive cover we have Mbabu, Williamson, Sterry, and Gouffran. On the pitch we have Colo, Dummet, Anita, Colback. For forward cover we have Perez, & Thauvin on the bench pushing for starts. It’s clear that we need some defensive reinforcements, particularly in defensive midfield where we are one injury away from playing Gouffran.

    Anita and Colback offer precisely zero going forward and we can’t just defend all the time and attack down the wings (with our non-wingers) to suit their games. I’d rather play just Ross Barkley than them two combined. We have to get Shelvey or someone similar.

  • 9 bladeuser // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    NUFC= small club small minded owners patsy for a manager second rate players and supporters who accept mediocrity 2016 quote the patsy manager could be no better than 2015 well good luck with your hard earned cash rolling into fat Ashes bank account for another year while all at nufc take the p@@@ out of you along with all the away fans who will visit sjp for 3 points
    SHEEP ? Out

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