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Is This Newcastle’s Most Consistent Player This Season?

Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson has had an excellent season on Tyneside, and that;s after it looked last August that his carer at the club could have been over, but he came into the side at half time at Everton, when we were 3-0 down, and he hasn’t looked back and Mike has been one of Newcastle’s most consistent players this season.

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Mike Williamson – done very well this season

Maybe Mike would be edged out by Mathieu Debuchy or even Loic Remy, but there’s no doubt he’s had an excellent season on Tyneside.

Mike joined Newcastle just over four years ago from Portsmouth, and he’s one of those lower league players who have proved they can hold their own in the Premier League, and to think he cost only £1M – another good deal for the club.

Mike is hoping Newcastle can make amends for what happened at St. Mary’s last Saturday and get a home win against Manchester United on Saturday:

“It’s our next game. When any team comes to St James’ Park we feel as though if we play how we can do to our potential then we can get three points.”

“Man United are still a quality team with quality players and it will be difficult but it’s down to us that we go about our jobs probably and do it right.”

“We’re almost neck-and-neck with Southampton, pushing for a higher finish.” “It’s going to be difficult, as they are a fantastic team with good individual players.”

“We’ve got to brush ourselves down and go again.”

Mike has now played 29 times for Newcastle this season, and 130 times in total, but in his time at Newcastle he has never managed to score a goal – yet.

He scored 3 goals in 23 appearances for Watford and 11 goals in 167 appearances at Wycombe Wanderers, so he has been known to score some goals in his career.

With nobody else finding goals easy to come by these days at Newcastle, maybe he could break his duck on Saturday?

Hope so, and Mike is one of those players who what you see is what you get, and he always gives 100% for the side.

Comments welcome.

69 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Armstrong back in time for this weekend? If Pardew had any balls, he’d reward Arma for his England displays with a start against Man U. There’s (literally) nothing to lose and I’d love to see him running at Ferdinand or Jones and Vidic. Vidic is a top, top defender but Armstrong is very quick and direct, his movement for the short time he got against Fulham was exceptional and we all looked at each other when we saw how quick he is.

    When the only other options are Shola and Cisse, I’d gamble on Arma playing off Cisse. It could be a breathe of fresh air, and the very worst that could happen is that we don’t create any chances at all and the las doesnt get a sniff.
    We’ve got nowt to look forward to, the entire stadium knows it and the feeling of restlessness is palpable. One more sh!te team selection or performance and Pardew will feel the full force of the disharmony he has helped create. Playing Armstrong is his chance to show he really is thinking of the future.

    Never gonna happen though, is it?

  • Wayayman

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2


  • Every week same old same old. So boring. Williamson has been consistent yes, but he’s not particularly good.

    I want a Williamson Mbiwa partnership for the rest of the season , regardless of results. Mbiwa needs toughening up and a run of games. Playing him at right back. Is a disgrace. We should have recalled Tavernier. I’m sick to the back teeth of seeing a utility line up week after week.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Southampton are not a fantastic team, they are a decent mid table team – jeez if they are fantastic then what does that make the teams above them

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Shame you and the rest of the player’s and pardspew didn’t show the fight to finish higher when the chance was there against Everton and Southampton then isn’t it

    Same bullshit every week! Unless of course we win and puppet lauds fatty and dedicates the win to him!


  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I doubt bringing back Tav would be good for the lad, remember how Pards deals with youngsters….

    “I didn’t put Remie Streete on there to make a point. He really was my only defender and he shouldn’t be anywhere near my bench. That’s the truth of it.”

  • Rainrix

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    mindshaft…. Its in vogue to overly praise southampton, mainly because they have so many english players, that and teams like ours make them look better than they are 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Well must dash as I’ve got a bed to put up! Yay the joys of flatpack with four mahoosive boxes 🙁

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Which excuse will Pards roll out this week prior to Manure game.

    They have quality all over the pitch
    We’re tired
    Losing Cabaye in Jan has affected us
    Losing Debuchy / Remy is something we have to deal with
    We need to stop them scoring
    I need to be on the touchline
    It’s getting to warm to play high energy football
    The youngsters need to step up
    You can’t stop Rooney
    We can’t compete with the likes of ‘insert any team here’
    We’ve had a good season
    People shouldnt forget we’ve played 36 games this season

    blah blah kin blah

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    the dressing room must be a depressing place to be just before kick off

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Very true I think.

    Williamson is nothing special, an average centre back for the league but that’s important to us when we have so many players who are up and down every week.

    You need to be consistent when at the back, being world class one week and sunday league the next is no good, consistently average is better in my opinion at CB.

    Obviously we want consistently good/world class, but they are hard to come by.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I would be inclined to bring armo on as a sub
    ts ok using him as long as pards don’t scape goat him when and if we lose

    for me I would rather we bring him on when were winning just to ease the pressure but that don’t look likely

    I don’t wanna see mbiwa at right back its not like saylor has not played there put him in there he is after all the right sided defender not the left

    colo will never be dropped when pards is in dug out he defo will not drop now he is in the stands

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Just goes to show you how much the club has sunk under Pardew when Williamson is a star perfomer. The man is championship at best.

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Williamson and Colocini are one of the worst centre half pairings Newcastle United have had in recent seasons.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Really worried pardew will ruin armstrong or anyone else with an ounce of skill and flair.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16


    ”for me I would rather we bring him on when were winning.”

    We’ve not scored a solitary goal in 10 out of the last 14 games, could be a very long wait…!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #17


    you can just imagine it.

    ” Now lets try and contain them for the first half.

    I don’t want any movement as that will tire us out.

    Willo you know what to do on free kicks, nothing different please”

    etc, etc
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    It’s funny when you see a proper manager like Bayern have on Tuesday. Breathtaking movement off the ball.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18


    I’ve seen your post to me a couple of times but sorry, I’ve never been on at the same time. Not sure if you’ll see this but I thought I’d post it and then repost it later if we’re on at the same time.

    Firstly, I’m glad you are a rational person who sees that we aren’t in a terrible place and that top 8/10 finishes are what’s needed to get us a platform for the next level. But obviously there are issues that need to be addressed at the club.
    1) It’s impossible to judge coaching quality unless you’re involved day in, day out, so I think we just have to say that for whatever reason many of the back-up players do not look good enough for a top half PL team.
    2) The manager appears to be poor in reacting to changes to his first team. With Cabaye missing we become predictable.
    3) I don’t think we struggled at the end of last season did we? But with nothing to play for, the players are not going to put in that extra bit. If you think players should always try 100%, that’s obviously not true, we know players would push a little bit harder in a derby game, a big cup game or a crucial game to get into Europe.
    4) We obviously need several players this summer but I’d rather see the fringe places taken by youngsters
    5) Time will tell on the youth team…nobody is really standing out that much sadly…
    6) Outsourcing has led to commercial revenue being cut but also costs relating to certain aspects lowering, so the figure is misleading.
    7) MA clearly likes employing people he trusts for the important roles. Sadly that doesn’t always mean they are fit for the job…ahem…JFK…ahem…
    8) Professional business standards? I bet they are adhered to as much as at SD.
    9) I doubt MA feels he has any social responsibility to NUFC sadly. Part of that is because I think he feels rejected after the KK debacle. I think those times are gone…

    But the biggest single issue I have with the current owner is communication. Why, simply why, could the owner not hire an experienced football person who knows how to run a club who can arrange signings, sort out the day to day running of the club and interact with fans. Someone who actually gets the fans and doesn’t hide behind soundbites like Pardew. Hughton was good at that but a poor manager in my opinion. I think people would be happier with Pardew if he was left to talk about the matches and someone else talked about the other stuff. Someone who isn’t DW or JFK…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19


    You’re forgetting there are lots of teams below the PL…in terms of English football, every PL team is a fantastic team! Just look at League football and there are about 92 teams I think? And there are many clubs with at least as much ‘right’ to be in the PL as Southampton, yet there they sit in 8th.

    Leeds, Leicester, Boro, Forest, Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Ipswich, Birmingham..and others…all at least as big as Saints and capable of being in the PL if they do things right.

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Never usually do this but my team for Saturday:

    Ben Arfa/Sissoko/Gouffran
    Armstrong(why not)
    Remy (or Cisse if still injured)

    At the very least this is a team that is capable of going to have a real go at Man U. Armstrong will be absolutely buzzing and an unkown quantity. Anita would do a better job against Janusaj (or however u spell his name) than Yanga.

    Plus I think having Ben Arfa, Armstrong and Gouffran as the tricky players while Sissoko bombs on might just be enough to troubke a tired Man U back 4.

    On recent form I wouldn’t usually put Benny on from the start but needs must and I think Armstrong might be a good foil for him.

    Drastic times needs drastic measures not Pardews usual negative (and ridiculously predictable) tactics/team selection.

    What do you think?

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Pardew doesn’t just ruin gifted technical players, he refuses to play them in their natural position. Pardew is a destructor who lacks the the necessary finesse to be a top class coach. Hopefully Ashley has tumbled him after attending the last few games.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22


    yeah I know but this is the thing with kids and pards
    earlier on in the season he could have used hadiara Sammy dummet even gosling a lot more as subs we were winning last year its just easier

    pards seems to have a sink or swim attitude to the kids I think Sammy’s first start was against Chelsea that hardly seems fair when there have been plenty of other games he could have played and dummett and hadiara and Sammy have only played because of injury not because we want to bring them through

  • Phatoon

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    I see Sissoko is out for 2-3 weeks….

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Surely Ashley sitting watching the Southampton debacle realised he has employed an idiot to manage his club.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    Sissoko is out? Where did you see that? Leaves us with even less creativity…

  • Phatoon

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Just came through on my bleacher report app. It’s taken from a tweet by him at Clairefontaine saying he’s out for 2-3.

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Sissoko is doing a Remy and avoiding the humiliation of Pardews end of season melt down, by flitting off to France with his fit bit of Totti on a sicky.

  • Rainrix

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah he’s put a tweet up, presumably thats why he was on a plane to paris mid week


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    sissoko injury
    no mention on physioroom.com

    latest from that website:
    R Giggs Groin/Pelvis Injury no return date
    A Buttner Hamstring Injury 5th Apr 14
    A Valencia Knee Injury no return date
    Rafael Hamstring Injury no return date
    R Van Persie Knee Injury no return date
    ]C Smalling Hamstring Injury no return date
    ]J Evans Calf/Shin Injury no return date

    T Krul Knee Injury 19th Apr 14
    S Ameobi Ankle/Foot Injury no return date
    M Debuchy Groin Strain 12th Apr 14
    L Remy Calf/Shin Injury 5th Apr 14
    G Obertan Knee Injury no return date
    R Taylor ACL Knee Injury no return date

  • spitfire_

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Williamson the most consistent player this season… boy we are so so sh!te.

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    When has Newcastle United ever been so useless at set pieces? Under this moron and his league one mindset we are completely one dimensional. Williamson is pushed forward for set pieces, but never does anything and yet the management never accept these failings and carry on regardless.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s a sign of the times when Mike Williamson has become our most consistent player but the guy deserves some credit. He doesn’t try to be any more than what he is – a solid, dependable centre half. Goodness knows, without him in a lot of our games we’d have been royally screwed.

    However, players like Williamson should be the solid people we call upon from the bench, not be our go to centre half, that is if we want to progress further. We don’t so Willo will likely be lining up again as a key part of our starting CB pairing – not that I have an issue with that because he’s done what was asked of him this season which is more than can be said for a fair few others in our squad.

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew wants bundled into the back of a taxi and sent back home to cockney land along with some of his dodgy signings. The geezer is a total waste of space.

  • Considering Sissoko is the one player in our team at the minute who can run great distances with the ball and relieve pressure, as well as the only player who looks for the through ball (picked out Cisse a few times recently). We are in for a complete and utter mauling unless we have one of those odd games where we grind out a result somehow.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS – ref Sissoko. It was suggested the other day when Jail spotted Sissoko at the airport with his girlfriend -Paris bound that he was injured.
    However, if my memory serves me correctly you suggested that he had a day off and that he could do what he wanted on his day off.
    Looks like a “bad shout” from you.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #36

    You just got schooled son.

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Having to sit through 90 minutes of the worst football in the Premier league is a total showing up. West ham Southampton and Charlton wouldn’t tolerate it off old Pardew so why do we?

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashley is probably thinking he’s made toon more financially viable than saints

    New Southampton director Hans Hofstetter says the club’s board has inherited a “difficult financial situation”.

    Hofstetter spoke as Southampton published their annual results for the year ending 30 June 2013 – their first back in the Premier League.

    The club posted a net loss of £7.1m and will enter the summer window owing £27m in outstanding transfer fees.
    Continue reading the main story

    “It is a burden that has to be covered and will be covered”

    Hans Hofstetter Southampton director

    A bill in excess of £30m is also pending for their new training ground.

    Southampton will begin next season with a transfer debt of £27m – despite already repaying £21m of fees this season alone

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Sports Direct has been forced to scrap a plan to hand Mike Ashley shares worth more than £72.5 million after a stinging revolt by institutional investors.
    In its second humiliating climbdown over a proposed reward scheme for its billionaire executive chairman, the retailer admitted last night that it had failed to gather enough shareholder support to push through its proposal.
    Sports Direct, which owns the Lillywhites department store in Piccadilly, Central London, as well as a nationwide chain of sportswear outlets, said after the stock market had closed that, as a result, it was cancelling a general meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
    Under the terms of its latest contentious bonus proposal, Sports Direct said last month that it wanted to give Mr Ashley eight million shares, equivalent to 1.3 per cent of the retailer’s share capital, and with a face value at the time of about £65 million if he hit pre-set profit targets. It said that its founder, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club, had not taken a salary or bonus since the company had listed in 2007.
    Thanks to an increase in Sports Direct’s share price since the March proposal, the value of Mr Ashley’s potential payout has risen to £72.65 million. A similar plan to award Mr Ashley shares in 2012, requiring the approval of 75 per cent of voting shareholders, was narrowly defeated and Sports Direct did not propose a similar scheme last year.
    One of Mr Ashley’s most loyal shareholders is Andy Brough at Schroders, who first bought Sports Direct shares at 80p. However, Mr Brough has been gradually offloading his stake since the retailer technically became too big for his mid-cap fund, eroding Mr Ashley’s support.
    Shareholders, 50 per cent of whom needed to approve the motion, made clear that they admired Mr Ashley as a businessman but were loath to hand him further control of the company. He already has a 61.7 per cent stake in Sports Direct and has taken more than £1.2 billion out of the retailer based on share sales and dividend payments.
    “It’s not about Mike — we really like him, he’s a fabulous entrepreneur — this is about creeping control of the company. It’s not hard. This is not the way to run a company and they did not listen enough to their shareholders,” one leading institutional owner said.
    Another noted that, in order to qualify for the award, Mr Ashley would have had to lift pre-tax profits to £330 million this year and £410 million in 2015. The targeted £80 million increase meant that, if he was successful, Mr Ashley would then effectively take all of that in the shares payout, the shareholder said.
    It is understood that the Association of British Insurers, which issued a “red top” alert about possible shareholder concerns for the 2012 proposal, did so again this year. Pirc, the pension fund adviser, also said it opposed the scheme.
    Sports Direct said it was “disappointed” at shareholder opposition, having previously expressed confidence that it would win approval. Dave Singleton, chairman of its remuneration committee, said: “It became apparent that, while we had the support of some of our largest shareholders, we had not been able to secure the requisite level of shareholder approval. While the board is disappointed that this resolution will not now be passed, we respect shareholders’ views.”
    The retailer said it now planned to include Mr Ashley in its 2015 bonus share scheme, under which eligible staff are awarded 25 million shares, worth £226.75 million based on Sports Direct’s 907p closing price yesterday.
    Sports Direct did not indicate what proportion of the pool he would be entitled to.

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #40

    He’s been here four years and in that time he’s never actually been close to winning anything. The football is embarrassing no wonder the decent players want out and non want in.


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