Claudio Ready To Return To Newcastle Defense

We always thought that Claudio Caçapa may have been Sam’s best signing in the summer. And his performances up to the Portsmouth confirmed that he was a class defender who read the game so well, everything seemed so easy for him.


Claudio Cacapa – ready to come back to Newcastle’s defense – good

But then came the Portsmouth game where Cacapa made a couple of bad mistakes within the first 10 minutes and that saw us 3-0 down within 11 minutes. After 16 minutes Cacapa was hauled off and went straight down the tunnel. It was ignominious to say the least for Claudio, but he’s big enough to come back from that – we know that’s true.

Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Everybody knows what happened against Portsmouth last month, but what I have to say is that everybody can have an off day.”  “Claudio made a couple of mistakes in the space of five minutes and that’s why I brought him off.”

“He wasn’t 100% fit but he wanted to play and, looking back, perhaps that wasn’t the best decision he has made.”  “But before Portsmouth I also have to say that Claudio had been superb for us and we have missed his experience and guile.”

“It’s too early to start and talk about our team for Fulham, but we have to stop conceding silly goals.”

We did suspect that Claudio was not fully fit that game, as he was hustled by the Portsmouth players and he fell down at least once. We’re pleased in a way he was injured but yes, he should never have played in that game.

But we suspect that Claudio thought he could hide the injury, but learned that day you cannot do that in the Premier League. It may be possible in the French league and other European leagues, but not here in England. We are looking forward to Claudio coming back into the team, because he will add some calmness and stature at the back. We think he’ll be a lot better for that experience, once he does return.

Comments very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • mac

    Dec 12, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Agreed. I have been a big fan of Claudio since he came to Newcastle,before the injury he loooked top draw and 1 por game doesn’t make him a bad player.
    Well come back but woh should he play with in the middle???

  • Tripp

    Dec 12, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d say Taylor. With Faye still out (?) I think Taylor deserves to have another go esp considering Roz’s gaffe on Saturday. Taylor has played well in his last two starts.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #3

    “He wasn’t 100% fit but he wanted to play and, looking back, perhaps that wasn’t the best decision he has made.”

    His decision? What a muppet bsa, is your decision. If thats not true i urge emre to put him name in the starting 11 every week.

  • scott 9

    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #4

    hes our best defender in my opinion i think him and tayloy in centre back positions and faye in dmf

  • Leo

    Dec 12, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    i like rozehnal and cacapa, with taylor giving good competition till the end of the season, and faye in defencive midfield.

  • Chris F

    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #6

    to be fair, tom_Toon, a manager can only go by the word of his players at the end of the day, regarding how they are feeling, how fit they are, etc.

    real life isn’t like Football Manager, where you can see what % of full fitness a player is, etc. a lot of it is down to listening to the players themselves, and i’d wager cacapa was saying he was a lot fitter and ready than he actually was.

    personally, i;d stick with taylor and rozenhal at fulham, both played ok against birmingham, aside from rozenhal getting caught out for their goal in dodgy conditions.

    chopping and changing our defence wont be doing anyone any favours, and imo, we need a bit of consistency, so leave it be for now imo.

  • Greg

    Dec 13, 2007 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #7

    its funny i remember at the start of the season big sam talking about owen returning from injury and saying, he and the coaching staff alone will make the decision if hes fit enough to play, yet here he is throwing all of the blame on cacapa saying it was his decision and his mistake.
    Sounds an awful lot like what souness used to say.
    A manager should always take the blame and back his players. Poor form on sams behalf.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 13, 2007 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Tom_Toon couldn’t agree more and Chris F couldn’t agree less. Part of FSA’s CV was his comprehensive medical team, how come they didn’t know Cacapa’s state of fitness?

  • Magjp

    Dec 13, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Is Butt fit?
    Can Cacapa play as a defensive midfielder

  • yh

    Dec 13, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Magjp, Faye can, and I think he will fit in well in that DM position.

    Neways, Cacapa and Tayls for me with Faye as the DM is a good combination!

  • Bill f

    Dec 13, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s a sorry state of affairs if the medical and fitness staff are not able to assess if a player is injured.

    If someone has an injury one day then unless they have some sort of miracle healer he will still be carrying it to some extent the next. This statement is obviously a generalisation depending on the type and extent of the injury but in principle it is a reasonable one to make.

    A fit Cacapa will be a real assett to the team, he is a class player. Needs to be eased back via subs bench though.

  • George

    Dec 13, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    I am in no way going to try and defend Cacapa for his display against Pompy, but i just would like to throw a little bit of information the way of NUFC supporters.
    Through contacts i have at NUFC and one or two other clubs in the premier league, i have learned that a study has been going on into injuries to players, and one of the most astonishing facts to come out up to now , is that when a player suffers a hamstring injury, he is usually slowing down in pace before he even feels it, but slowing down some time before it goes, anywhere from a couple of days to a week.
    Now if we look back at some of the injuries this term, i look at certain players and see that they were criticised for poor performances prior to getting injured, is there a conection?
    I have no medical background training, but learnt how to feed data into a computer and analyse it when all collated, and the data sent to me on this study seems to back it up, a player does slow down days before certain injuries.
    So maybe Cacapa has a bit of an excuse for his display. But, without the facts he like all that go with him will have to endure the criticism that goes with the terroritry

  • Obafan

    Dec 13, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Very good that he will be back. Let hms start next to Taylor (who played very well against Birmingham). Roz will fall out of the team because he played awful on Saturday.
    Indeed Faye can be our new DM now that Edmilson will not come in January, but I still prefer him as a CB.

  • scott 9

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    yes i think faye dmf this would be perfect but i dont think big sam will do it but he would protect the back four well and he is comfortable on the ball and an ok passer him and barton in the middle with duff and milner on the wings perfectly balanced

  • Chris F

    Dec 13, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #15

    rozenhal would make a better dmc than faye, and apparently he has played there quite a bit, especially for PSG.


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