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Mike Williamson Will Press Steven Taylor For First Team Place

Mike Williamson has today said he is more than willing to fight for his Newcastle first team place next season.


Mike Williamson – will fight for his place

Mike was signed in January and he has played extremely well for Newcastle in Steven Taylor’s absence through injury, and looked a great buy for just £1M.

He’s also a smashing lad and one of our favorite players at Newcastle right now – but there are also a number of them, after least season’s heroics!

Williamson told the Evening Chronicle today:

“The defensive record last season speaks for itself.”   “We were solid as a unit and didn’t concede goals at key times to help keep on grinding out the wins.”

“But, possibly, it’s a different kettle of fish next season in the Premier League.”   “The quality, as everyone knows, will go up a notch and that’s something we’re already thinking about.”

Williamson has played at  Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers, before he joined Portsmouth for £3M last September, but never once played in their first teram, for whatever reason. Mike has appeared 16 times so far for Newcastle, and in his career has made 224 first-class appearances with 14 goals.

He has still to score his first goal for the Magpies.

Of course Newcastle manager Hughton will be bolstering his squad, including the defense with perhaps Mancsher City’s Nedum Onuoha (we hope so) and last season’s loan center-back from Fitz Hall, who could still sign a permanent deal at the Tyneside club.

Nedum would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, as he can play anywhere across the back four.

Williamson continued:

“I’m sure the manager’s going to want to strengthen in quite a few areas, defence being one of them.”

“Everyone’s expecting to come in next season with a couple of new faces, and it will just be a case of fighting for your shirt.”

But Williamson has always wanted to play in England’s top league and he is excited about the possibilities that next season offers him.

Mike continued:

“If you’re going to get the best out of yourself, it should be that way. If you turn up week in, week out knowing you’ve got the shirt, it can breed a complacency.”

“Knowing you’ve got to turn up every day and push yourself to new limits only helps the team and the spirit.”

We wonder who will partner Coloccini in defense next season, because if Mike continues to play like  he has so far this year, he will offer local lad Steven Taylor some considerable competition.

But that’s got to be good for the Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • G

    May 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Competition for places can only be a good thing, after all, all the CB’s will realise that if thier form goes downhill they sit out the next game.

  • Craigg

    May 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    At least he seems sure that he will have competion althought he never mentioned Taylor he could have meant Kadar…

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    How when Taylor may not be here next season Ed?
    He is a sellable Asset,Villa,Arsenal,Everton is where he is headed from what I have heard.

    He is on his final year,will want silly wages (currently on 35k I think) and my gut feeling is Mike will sell him for a tidy sum.

  • MacToon

    May 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    If Ashley can make money on a player then they will not be safe at this club, making money on the likes of Bassong will turn us into a selling club.

    Without investment we will struggle in the prem.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Steven Taylor is a great player….you can tell by the way he plays he thinks he is an outstanding player, but he is still a premiership quality player.

    If Williamson can make the step up to the premership, Taylor could slot in at right back. Simpson is suspect defensively and Taylor will offer some more height as i can see we will get most of our goals next season from set peices.

  • Ericles

    May 25, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Sirjasontoon and Mactoon are, sadly, being quite realistic here. I do wonder how much Steve’s loyalty to NUFC will be sorely tested by silly money away from the Tyne. OK, it will be his career decision to stay or leave and for how much but – I like Williamson’s attitude and willingness to compete. We are going to need that by the shed load next season.

  • JSYproject

    May 25, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    sir jason toon.. How many players go for a ‘tidy’ sum when they only have a year remaining on a contract? How do you know he will want silly money? All of this is just you speculating and tryin to pass it off like you know what your talking about. He was linked with all these clubs when we went down and he didnt go.. Surely that was the time to do it? When he had a few years on his contract and we could get a decent amount for him. I dont personally see him going its his hometown club, which he just helped get promoted back to the premier league. Surely he wouldnt waste his time gettin us back if he was just gonna bail anyway?

  • Ericles

    May 25, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    The transfer market is a cattle market and Ashley is just one of a number of cowboys!

  • Doha Mag

    May 26, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #9

    If he doesn’t sign an extension to his contract in the summer, expect Newcastle to sell him.

    However, if he’s already on 35k per week, I don’t see Everton, Villa or Arsenal offering him much more…..

    So maybe a small pay increase for Taylor if he agrees to extend for 3~5 years with additional performance and loyalty bonuses, etc

    Hope he stays as he’s NUFC through and through, but can he patch up his differances with Andy Carroll. I hope so……


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