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Pardew Will Try To Accelerate Mike Williamson Comeback

Mike Williamson is about two weeks away from his return to full training at Newcastle.

Mike Williamson – back in two weeks

Alan Pardew is facing up to a mini injury crisis at Newcastle with Steven Taylor out for the season and Fab Coloccini missing the next game at Norwich City this Saturday.

Who will start alongside James Perch in the middle of defense on Saturday we have no idea, so short of players are Newcastle in central defense right now.

But Alan will now try to speed up the return of Mike Williamson, but of course you cannot overdo or else the lad will have a relapse.

But once Mike is able to play again,  we can look to him playing in the Reserves and having some pre-arranged  practice games behind closed doors to get fully match fit.

Alan Pardew talked about the 27 year-old Stoke-born central defender today:

“Mike Williamson’s back around the squad,” “He’s going to need a lot of work on the training ground to get himself up to speed, but we might have to accelerate that.”

“He’s not that close – he’s definitely not playing at Norwich, or maybe the one after that against Swansea City on December 17.” “We’re going to have to see if we can speed him up a bit.”

Pardew had praise for Perch, who came on for Coloccini in the first half of the Chelsea loss, the first home loss since Everton’s visit to St James’s Park in early March.

James Perch came on for Colo in the first half and did quite well, and Pardew is giving the lad praise for his performance,  as Alan no doubt tries to pump up James’ confidence ready for the vital games ahead.

James Perch – huge opportunity for the 26 year-old

Alan gave Perch credit for his performance:

“James came into a really intense game, and he looked a little bit nervous when he came on to the pitch,”

“After that, he grew in stature. In the end, they took Didier Drogba off. He didn’t give him a sniff.”

“He’s going to be important next week – he’ll play. He’ll take that confidence into the game.”

Of course the positive way to think of Perch’s situation is  that he now has a great opportunity to prove he deserves to be at a club like Newcastle United.

Certainly Danny Guthrie has come in for the injured Cheick Tiote and played great over these last six games, and we have to hope James Perch will do exactly the same thing in the weeks ahead.

That’s what we’re hoping for, and we want to support the former Nottingham Forest player in his efforts to do just that.

There would be nobody more delighted than us if James comes through with flying colors in the games ahead.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Kc-Toon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #41

    i might be totally ahead of meself here as i dont watch much reserve football, but anyone that does, remie streete gets rave reviews all the time, maybe he could get a chance ?

  • Dannyo

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #42

    I’ve thought it, and decided to forget about. The lad is, what, 16? He’s getting good reviews for his age, which probably means he’s 2-3 years ahead of himself, but physically too lightweight, and so severley lacking in first team footy, at any level, he’d be a pushover.
    Atleast thats my thought on it. I’m still keeping my guess on Kadar to partner Perch.
    But no one really knows.


    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #43

    Is this really all that will be discussed on here until Saturday? Potential CB partnerships?

  • seantoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #44

    Dannyo I can remember mata running past simmo with ease on Saturday lol. To be fair it was world class that move he did. I don’t think Maicon, Ramos or dani alves would have done much better

  • jordijohnty

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #45

    First post on this forum but this is my line up for norwich
    Simpson Perch Kadar Santon
    Raylor Guthrie(Tiote) Jonas

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #46

    jordijohnty, Raylor right wing? Can just see him sprinting down the line, then sprinting back to help Simpson out. You must be missing Barton and wanting memories.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #47


    i think that’d be my team except i’d put Kadar in at CB and put Santon in at lb, putting raylor on the bench

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #48


    When did barton ever help out simpson? Or are you being ironic!

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #49



  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #50


    wasn’t rooney 16 adn wiltshire 17, if you’re good enough……..
    how on earth would he ever get experience if he isn’t given a chance.


    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #51

    We already have our 2nd string CBs and u want us to leave a extra man on the bench? Its so crazy it just might work haha

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #52

    forgot to put best in there*

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #53


    i was too slow!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #54

    no one is knocking raylor as a player, just not a left back is all.

  • jordijohnty

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #55

    mattyNUFC.very similar to my idea.would rather have someone who can pass a ball (raylor) than someone who runs into cul de sacs all th time(obertan)

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #56

    Rotonda heights, When did Barton sprint down the wing? Yep, I’m being ironic.


    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #57

    Hahaha sorry lad 😉 had to get me joke out though did I?

  • soundoid

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #58


    which ever way i juggle the back 4 it looks a bit soft.

    2 big lads up front who can come back to defend set pieces is a must for me. toyed with the idea of 2 holding players but sod it attack.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #59


    dunno. i’ve been really impressed with obertan 75% of the time. like to see how he’d do against a team like norwich. if it wasn’t him i’d most definitely put HBA, sammy or fergie there before raylor. i don’t think he’s a bad player just the other three are more suited to do a better job i think

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #60

    sometimes i think we underestimate how many times obertan does make it to the by-line and does manage to get in across. agreeingly, not enough, but i sure don’t remember barton doing that. i don’t think i ever remember jb taking on a player at the byline

  • simsanator

    Dec 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #61

    Centerbacks we should look at have to come from a prem team. To come in from abroad in jan is near enough impossible. Just look how long it took colo!
    Players I’d be happy with –
    Hangalaande – worth 15 mill but really worth every penny.. Class
    Onohou – rotting at city
    Cahill – 10 mil. Out of contract. Going to top 4
    Samba – I wish.
    Dann – only just moved but good player
    ShawcRoss – prob out of price range but would be nice.
    Huth – cost 8-10 mill but still only 27
    Jonny Evans – never going to make it at utd.
    Aaron Hughes – experienced and cheap
    Alex – transfer listed today by chelski
    It’s imperative whoever comes in can hit the ground running. Ashley needs to realise Hejaz to spend to compensate loosing sailor. He’s worth 15 mil on current form so we have to bring in a similar experienced player. Ridge well is awful.

  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #62

    simsanator // Dec 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    With the tag price that you have put on these players, no one of them is coming here.

  • Willo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #63

    @ boater (6) I agree. HBA doesn’t look up to speed and he does tend to give the ball away cheaply and we cannot have that at Norwich. I may be in a minority but I think that like Sammy, Ben Arfa may be better used as an impact sub rather than a starter so I’d start like this

    ————Cabaye(Gosling)——-Guthrie– ————
    Obertan______Gosling(Cabaye) _______Jonas

    I’m not too sure where Cabaye figures into this, more attacking or more defensively but for me it has to be Santon with his height at the back to help Perch. Thoughts?


    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #64

    Raylor&Ober were crap agenst chelski so here’s my team to play against Norwich:-
    Simmo, Perch, Kadar, Santon
    Sam, Cabaye, Guthrie, Jonas
    Best, Ba

    Subs:- Elliot,Shola,Raylor,HBA,Gosling,Loven,Ober

  • Sav

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #65

    Might have to put Best in at centreback against Norwich.


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