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Mike Williamson Will Prove His Worth To Newcastle

Mike Williamson has always been a favorite of ours,  ever since he was brought to Newcastle almost two years ago, for a bargain £1M from Portsmouth.

Mike Williamson – played very well at Bolton

Because of the terms of the deal Portsmouth made with his former club Watford, when he was signed on in late August of 2009, Portsmouth didn’t want to play him in the first team.

The fee was said to be up to £3M, and that depended on the number of games he played, and it seems Portsmouth were unwilling to play him at all in their first team for over four months.

That’s when Portsmouth were in dire straights on the money front, and things don’t seem to be much improved since then, and they are again facing severe financial difficulties.

Mike played great in his debut against Crystal Palace in January of 2010,  and last season he showed he is a Premier League class player with an excellent temperament,  as he stepped up to the plate for Newcastle.

Unfortunately he was injured back in August in the early part of the season, and that ankle injury has kept him out for a full four months.

Mike has talked today about that injury:

“At the time, I didn’t think the injury would be as serious as it proved,”   “Initially, I tried to run it off because I didn’t know what I had done. But it turned out to be a strange twist involving my knee and my ankle.”

“When it was looked at the next day, I quickly realised the length of time I was going to be out for. It’s been a long time to reflect, but I’ve done a lot of good rehab and the medical team here have worked me hard.”

“I played the last half of the Championship season and the whole of the first season in the Premier League barring the last few games, so I don’t really feel as though I have to establish myself or anything like that,” 

“I’ve had a good period in the team here, it’s just unfortunate that I’ve also had a couple of injuries along the way. It would be nice to stay injury free now and just concentrate on putting some good performances in.”

“It’s easy to come into a team where everyone works as hard as they do here,” said Williamson. “We’ve got a good team spirit and there’s a lot of confidence here at the moment.

“From the first game of the season, the lads have kept the same momentum, both in games and in training. The spirit is high and everyone is positive.”

Mike Williamson is just a smashing lad and an excellent team player and first class professorial, and we just have to hope he can now go injury-free for the rest of the season.

We are hoping he can again form a terrific partnership at the back with captain Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle.

For the record, Mike has played 51 times for the Magpies, but has yet to score his first goal – maybe at Liverpool on Friday night?

But it was clear on Monday afternoon, just how important he was to the Newcastle defense, and he won almost every ball in the air, something that Newcastle have needed at the back ever since the very impressive Steven Taylor was injured late in the Chelsea game.

And if Mike had played last Wednesday against West Brom,  we could have even won that game, but it was probably too early for him to return.

It was wasn’t it? 😀

But there’s no doubt things can be looking up for Newcastle,  as they will be able to field a very strong side in their next four games, and could even improve on their current 7th place in the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments  welcome.


26 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Was good to have the lad back at Bolton, gave us some much needed height in the defense, and looked quite assured at the back despite being out for 4 months.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Knew i should’ve removed Ridgewell from that lineup, i just couldn’t remember any other CB links 😛

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I think he is better than Taylor. He is so comfortable at the back and always seems relaxed where he won’t do anything rash or stupid like we all know Taylor will. For a million pound he has being a bargain. Say what you want about the owners but their transfer policy is the way forward instead of chucking 10s of millions at players and being no better off like Liverpool for example.


    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Haha I did think u would regret Ridgewell mate! Tbf he is decent and he would be back up to williamson/saylor

    Can’t see us getting another first choice CB tbh or a ST but I am setting myself up very negativly for this transfer window as to avoid disappointment

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Well, i think the stats would be against u on that one. Mind u, we’ll have to see how Willo does over the next 14-15 games to compare.
    Taylor has these stats after all his games:

    Of all Nufc players involved in 30+ aerial duels, Steven Taylor has the best win %. 22/36 won = 61%

    Of all Nufc players involved in 50+ ground duels, Steven Taylor has the best win %. 46/70 won = 66%

    Tbh i though Collo was best at ground duels… These are statistics taken from all the games this season, included the ones Saylor has been out of.

  • Sinner

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    A bit off topic but just seen on some french website we’ve made a bid of 8m for Cissokho.If there is any truth in that rumour,then i can see Simpson off to another club.


  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Well, u said 5th or 6th best choice, so i figured i’d have to come up with 6 of those we’ve been linked with 😛
    Ye, well, i’d be happy if we got a striker, but i’m reluctant to saying “we will”, i’m only hoping. But a CB is a deffo in my book. Or else i’ll be dissapointed, but that goes with the game a few times anyway 😉

  • geoff777

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    We have a good midfield.
    A new contract for Guthrie and we’re sorted there.

    We’re now in the position we just need to add a quality CB and a striker. LB too at some point.
    Contract for Colo is a priority.
    We also have lots of promising players coming through the academy and reserves.

    We’re getting there, just a little more strength and depth at the back (as has been exposed recently) and we can challenge top 7 every season.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Some other fun statistics.
    Raylor and Simmo has provided more crosses than Obertan and Gutti… I dunno, but that sounds the wrong way about for me 😛


    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Tbh I’d forgotten about Ridgewell until u mentioned him haha

    As for ST wor Colin says de Jong so there ya go!

  • t00ntime

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    @dannyo thay proves how important full backs are 😛

    Has anyone ever noticed if raylor plays over 70minutes he just disappears :S he never seems to be in the defense anymore and every now and then u see him in an attack 😛

  • BigKirky

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    If we did get another centre forward, I wonder if Pardew would change the formation to fit Ben Arfa in just behind them.

  • BigKirky

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    @lee_ryder: #nufc the news Toon fans were dreading , no striker purchase in January as confirmed by AP

    previous comment wont be applicable then :-/

  • solano

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonarmy1986@3″Say what you want about the owners but their transfer policy is the way forward”…mmm, disagree there like. Maybe it’s the way to tread water or be best of the rest sometimes.
    For every Williamson (who has been a very good find and let nobody down) there is a Perch. You are right though, that the Liverpool method is wrong too.
    The way ahead is to find some middle ground by having some real investment in the squad instead of constantly replacing our best players and retaining the average ones. If our scouting set up is as good as it is cracked up to be maybe Ash should trust in this and be willing, now and again, to go for players near the top of recruitment lists and pay that little bit extra now and again. Cabaye and Tiote are an example of being wily in the market, but we cannot always broker those kind of deals and if we find ourselves brokering for their replacements in the near future, then the club will certainly not be moving forward.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Solano – for every Williamson there is a Perch. True. However the benefits of this system is we dont waste 10 mill on a trasnfer and 60gs on wages every week for the bad ones. We lose 2 or 3 mill in transfers and 10gs a week. Much better off this way.

    Personally you might think we cant broker these deals all the time but I think why not? Man U got Chicorito for 5 mill. My god if we had him and Ba as our front two with a net outlay of 5 mill we’d have the best strike force in the league.

    Yes it’s not as satisfying as spending 10 mill on a player but everytime we do that we get a crappy player who gets injured and comes with two many expectations.

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    I would suggest we hold on to Simpson, R Taylor, Gutherie and Best when getting new players in Jan and the summer.

    1st thing we need to do is learn from what happened to us in the last 2 months. We lost players to injuries. If we do qualify for EUROPE and have another injury crisis then there wont be any need to hit the panic button cos we’ll have enough quality players replace them

    That way we wont struggle in the PL and any other competition we may be playing in. WE NEED A LARGER SQUAD THAN WE HAVE NOW WITH QUALITY PLAYERS.

    I also think we need better LW and RW’ers. Oberton and Gutierez are not cutting it for me. + a top stiker (Giroud – smart, calm and lethal or De Jong – fast and clinical – more like sturridge)

    If we insert 2 quality wingers into our current team, we’ll be a very good attacking side as we are defense

  • solano

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    FAO Big Kirky…”January is the worst time to buy players” (Derek LLambias December 2010) ….it’s hardly a surprise we won’t be recruiting a striker then? WWJBD has the right attitude as his cynicism is borne of experience.
    So now, not only Carroll’s windfall, but the summer season ticket money has also been iced away. And what of the last minute transfer sales money from the coming window? Obviously, we won’t “have enough time to get somebody through the door” at such an unforeseen event as receiving “an offer we couldn’t refuse”.
    When will all this money make an appearance??
    Don’t tell me ….don’t tell me……..possibly when the summer arrives and more season ticket money is needed… only for it to disappear again like Brigadoon. MA and Delboy must be p**sing themselves everytime they pull this trick off – it’s like taking chocolate from a baby.

  • solano

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Charlietoon…Tiote’s and Cabayes don’t grow on trees, is the point! They aren’t peaches in the orchard.

  • solano

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie for every £10m we have wasted on players, someone, somewhere else has recruited a very good £10m player. It’s about how good your talent spotters are and having a flexible recruitment policy. Eg.Can you tell me how much KK wasted in the transfer market? Not easy, right? Compare with Souness, and everyone can real off the names.
    Point is, if Carr is so good we could use him to get even better players (not going wild, you understand) by being willing to add that extra bit of quality. Afterall, all this money we are talking about was promised for re-investment. Much better we spend some and have a go at competing at the top than letting it stay in Mikes casino stash?

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Im sick and tired of hearing people b*t*hing and complaining about AC’s 35m since Jan. Lets just say BA, Cabaye, Santon and obertan cost us 35m in total. Will you still complain?

    I really do believe Ashley is doing whats best for the club. He’s sending out scouts to look for young hot talent at cut price deals or for free so he can develop them at our academy.

    For 35m, i honestly believe Ashley can put together a starting 11 with 7 reserves and still have a few million left over. Ashley is a smart business man, he gets a player for $1 and sells him for 3. AC was worth 1m in our books last year and he sold him for 35m

    Everyone on this blog has sold something shitty or squat in value for more than what they worth. Its how you run a business – Profit Maximizing

  • solano

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Vann Dann….you are fed up of reading the truth? Ashley is a businessman, you are right there. The rest from you, is just Double Dutch.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Williamson is a capable back up at best I’m afraid he just isn’t up to PL standard & gets found out against the top strikers. We need to buy a top CB and when Saylor returns we will have 3 top CB’s with Williamson as cover.

  • planb

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardews just admited no striker in this window maybe a defender their taking the P#SS

  • kingkev9

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #24

    RonVanDam- utter rubbish. NUFC is not a business!! That’s the whole problem!! Your sick of people going on about the AC money, ok then but where is it!?

    Solano agree 100% with your posts

  • Ollie666

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #25

    as long as perch doesnt play im happy
    plus williamson did a great job against bolton

  • Sav

    Dec 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #26

    If it is to be a defender we buy and not a striker in January, it should be a fullback who can double as a CB. Santon can play left or right so it doesn’t matter much which side (L or R) the new player is on. Does this sound like Eric Pieters?

    Having said that, I think Simmo and Ryan Taylor have made huge improvements with some decisive performances this season and deserve credit in our excellent defence. Taylor’s assist on Monday was instrumental and his forays forward all the more effective for being somewhat unexpected.


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