Wearing the black and white stripes for Newcastle United is an honour. Many players have donned the uniform of the Toon and represented the team admirably. Generally, I think a player needs to be of a certain standard before he steps out wearing the black and white stripes but as long as you give 100% every game, you are OK by my book.
This brings me on to Mike Williamson. I do not think Mike Williamson is good enough to represent Newcastle United. I didn’t think he was good enough when he came off the bench at Goodison Park, I didn’t think he was good enough when he lined out against Liverpool. I didn’t think he was good enough in our 2 wins against Spurs and Chelsea, and even after his master-class yesterday in the 2-1 win against West Brom, I still do not think he is good enough.
I am not saying that I do not appreciate his endeavour. I really do, and if his commitment and energy could rub off on our more talented players, they would be the better for it. I want the club to retain the services of Willo as I think he would be an excellent bench option to have to plug gaps when injuries or suspensions affect the first team, but the very fact that Williamson is being spoken of as our No. 1 centre-half surely goes to show how weak we have become in this area?
There is a saying ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’ and I think Willo is one of the hardest working players we have in the squad, it is just a shame he doesn’t have a little bit more talent.
I am not one to forget dross performances purely because of a decent run of form, and while it may sound harsh or critical, it is not intended to come off as such. If he can do it for the rest of the season then perhaps I will alter my view. After 4 games? Bit premature – the same can be said for Shola, Santon and Tiote.
Just want to emphasise the fact that I am delighted that these players have improved upon their recent mediocre performances and are actually contributing to the team. However, that is the least we should expect from them as professional footballers. So in short, I am delighted things are improving. I am delighted that some of our fringe players have stepped up to the mark. I am delighted that we have now won 4 on the bounce. If we have a semi-decent December we could find ourselves comfortably top half coming into January where we would need to sign another dominant centre half to upgrade upon Mike Williamson, and a dominant centre forward to upgrade upon Ameobi.
While some of you may be thinking ‘but they are playing so well, we can’t replace them’ to this I would say, stop being so damn sentimental and think of the long-term good of the team. Ameobi and Williamson are not the future of this great club. We can take their decent performances when they come, but we need not rely on them.
As always, your views are welcome.