Newcastle's Mike Williamson can be success at Leeds United, on one basis

Leeds United remain linked with Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson.

Leeds United continue to be linked with signing Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson, who could be available for loan.

The Chronicle reported that while his exit is not certain, Leeds are the most heavily interested club in his services.

Williamson has been at Newcastle since 2010 when he was signed with Portsmouth, but the general feeling in the North East is that the centre-back has outstayed his welcome.

The 31-year-old has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season, but did start and score in a Capital One Cup win over Northampton.

Williamson has a reputation for gaffes, but this has been somewhat overstated given he has made only three direct errors leading to goals over the past four seasons. Unfortunately for him, two of these came in 2014/15.

The defender is not the complete write-off Newcastle fans may represent him as, with The Chronicle even reporting boss Steve McClaren has been impressed by him in training.

So he may not be the disastrous signing Leeds fans worry that he could be.

Williamson would not be coming into walk straight into the team, instead to compete for a spot with Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper alongside captain Sol Bamba.

It is on this basis he could be a success, playing in a partnership with Bamba.

Both Bellusci and Cooper are less polished defenders than the Ivorian, with Bellusci excellent at his best but gaffe-prone at his worst. Cooper is inexperienced and struggled in the second half of last season.

While no intent to drop Bamba, if injury or suspension caused him to miss games, a partnership of either Cooper or Bellusci with Williamson could be nerve-wrackingly poor.

Yet if the Premier League defender gets starts alongside Bamba, on a rotational basis, he could have something to offer, and add to Leeds' strength in depth.

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