I never thought I’d utter these words but…is Mike Williamson the answer, at least in the short-term?
The weekend saw the Newcastle loan player and his Wolves teammates chalk up their third clean sheet out of five matches since he arrived at Molineux, not bad going for a team who had leaked nine goals in their previous three Championship matches.
Mike Williamson has been given a lot of the credit for this turnaround in fortunes for the Wolves defence and even though this is at a level down from the Premier League, should he be catapulted straight back into the Newcastle team in January?
Surely Coloccini can’t continue in the team for much longer at the level he is now showing and the Captain’s form appears to be dragging Chancel Mbemba down with him.
Steve McClaren has shown little interest in including Jamaal Lascelles, although he did surprise us with the astonishing substitution of the defender for Ayoze Perez with United 3-1 down at half-time on Saturday.
Putting another inexperienced central defender alongside Mbemba doesn’t look ideal either and with Mike Williamson the only other option, could it be any worse.
At times in the past Williamson has done a job of sorts for Newcastle and as somebody who appears to play very much on confidence, his spell at Wolves certainly appears to have helped him in that respect.
Obviously there is already much talk of who Newcastle will and won’t buy in January but it is a bit far-fetched anyway to believe that midway through the season, United could land the perfect answer to the central defensive problems for both the short and long-term.
If nothing else Mike Williamson is talking a good game at the minute and after reading more of Coloccini’s feeble apologies this morning, I could at least do with a rest from those empty words.
Mike Williamson talking after Wolves drew 0-0 with MK Dons:
“There was a lot of discipline, tactically we were sound, we worked hard, and on another day it would have been a comfortable win.
“Defensively it was about focus, discipline and communication because sometimes you can switch off and that didn’t happen.
“I think the understanding is growing at the back, it is about making sure we stay solid, don’t over-commit, because clean sheets are the foundations for three points.
“You want to score goals but a lack of concentration or too much commitment going forward can see you undone at the back, at least we stayed focused and disciplined and stuck to the task.
“It was just fine margins away from taking the three points.
“We need to build off the foundation – we did a lot of the basics very well, we just need to put the ball in the back of the net and get the three points.”
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