Newcastle boss Pardew: Williamson deserves greater recognition

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels Mike Williamson deserves greater recognition. The defender has become a virtual ever-present this season.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels Mike Williamson deserves greater recognition.

The defender has become a virtual ever-present this season.

Pardew said: “Mike is under-appreciated as well. He has gained experience and confidence from his performances. You have to say he is a Premier League centre-half now when before he was still earning that right.

“I think his best years are ahead of them. Centre-halves get better from 28, 29 onwards. They know when to challenge, when to back off, or step in front of the striker, read a pass.

“Young centre-halves always make errors because they get that wrong. Mike has got a lot better at decision making.”

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