Newcastle’s Coloccini – I Am Learning All The Time

Fabricio Coloccini is becoming a big favorite with Newcastle fans because of his professional performances at Newcastle since he joined from Deportivo for £10M in the summer.

Fabricio Coloccini – learning all the time at Newcastle

He has formed good partnerships with both 22 year-old Steven Taylor, and now with 22 year-old Sebastien Bassong, who has looked stellar in the Newcastle defense these last few weeks, and will keep his place as long as he keeps up these performances.

Coloccini is fast trying to lean the English language, but Fabricio has been one of the stalwarts that have had Newcastle keep 4 clean sheets in their last 7 games, and that’s what his manager, Joe Kinnear, definitely wants to see.

Fabricio talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:

“This is my first season in England and I am learning all the time.”“I am enjoying the experience.”

“And I hope it continues.”

And Coloccini seems to have a great attitude and respect for his second new manager at Newcastle, Joe Kinnear.

Coloccini added:

“Joe is a very good coach and manager.”

“He explains what he wants, and the players are working hard to do it on the pitch for him and the fans.”

Coloccini is a good player and a good man, and he is improving all the time.

His one flaw could be that he is slow on the turn, but we think Fabrico next season will be an even better all around player than he is right now.

And that, along with the great displays of Jonas Gutierrez, has to be good news for new Argentine manager Diego Maradona.

Coloccini was a good buy at £10M, so how much could Sebastien Bassong be worth in a year or two, if he keeps up his performances of the last few weeks?

We certainly made some excellent buys in the summer, and as we’ve said, we cannot wait for the January transfer window to open.

However, one last thing on Coloccini are that rumors from the dressing room suggest that Fabricio often wears a quizical look on his face, during Joe Kinnear’s team talks.

Apparently he has to keep asking his friend Jonas Guteirrez, to explain some of the words Joe uses, as he cannot find them in the Spanish English dictionary.   😀

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • shearer4pm

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    cant imagine what those words would be 🙂

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    No he didn’t form a good partnership with 22 year-old Steven Taylor.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Collo provides the crunch, and Basso the speed, they make a great double act. They could be great in Europe for us next year.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    here is a betting tip

    steve claridge said he has inside info that paul ince had benn sacked and souness is manager

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    this was on sunday

  • Joe

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t find them in the dictionary can’t imagine why

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Coloccini & Bassong all season long!..

    …Steven who?..

  • Premiership Manager

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    At 10M Colo should be the finished article. He is a good player, however it remains to be seen if he will give good value for money. On the subject of defenders I’m getting a bit tired of so called supporters still slagging Enrique and Taylor.

    It’s easy to forget that these are young players who are still developing and have their careers infront of them.

    JK hasn’t had a great deal of time to work with Taylor and hasn’t got the coaching staff to get the best from the team, give it time and it will happen.

    An injury to Colo, 2 good games from Taylor and those knockers will be singing his praises again. he’s a class player as I’m sure Enrique will be. All they need is their confidence building so be patient and get behind them, rather than knocking them.

    As I said when JK was appointed, he could be a blessing in disguise so lets hope he can persuade MA to also appoint some much needed back room staff as well as players during the transfer window.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Ince has been sacked and we have been linked to Kameni on skysports. The report on the Kameni transfer is one of the worst I have ever read.

    “Both Fulham and Newcastle have outstanding first-choice keepers in Mark Schwarzer and Shay Given, but the Cottagers only have veteran Pascal Zuberbühler as back-up and the Magpies Steve Harper.”


  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Pity about Ince, I would like to have seen him do better. Thing is Blackburn are a cr*p team so I think it would take a miracle for anyone to get them out of the sh*t.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    i really rate collo, he is a rock at the back. our defence is the best i have seen it in donkeys.

  • toon_9

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree we have made some excellent signing…………..i wonder if we were maybe a bit hasty in criticising the lads who found them

  • dougnufc

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets get Santa Cruz from Blackburn!

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Premiership Manager – I have long been against Taylor playing – I feel he has had 10000 times the chances of other players because he is a Geordie – can you rally say he makes less mistakes than the pilloried Bramble.

    Young Bassong will make mistakes, but his game is there in terms of positioning and ability. Taylors positioning is simply bloody awful – he unsettles everyone around him – makes good players nervous and pulls them out of position by his – and for a defender if you cant work as a unit you the whole back line fails.

    I am against Taylor for this fact alone, positionally he is destructive to any team – I also believe this reading of the game is within – you can learn some of it but will never be a great – even with coaching.

    Ability in other areas and strength yes, but his inclusion is any team will never work as his instict to defend as a unit isnt there.

    I have said all along he should be sent to the Championship for a year, if he comes back the same – sell him.

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with you Bill about Ince. A bright young English manager who didn’t have a full pre season or a whole transfer window to buy his own players… and the favourite for the job is Sounness!

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Blackburn didn’t replace Bentley, that’s why they have struggled. And now the dfence seems to have fallen to pieces too.

  • King Joe

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    The time is right to get Santa Cruz in toon.

  • Premiership Manager

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18


    Unfortunately due to matters beyond his control Taylor has never had a chance of a rest or to play alongside an experienced international centre back for an extended time period to learn his trade.

    If Ferguson had him at MU he would have been protected, rested and coached correctly and would be a superb player. Unfortunately he has been thrown in at the deepend and fed to the dogs from the age of 17 onwards.

    I can agree with some of your points, however he has and still does make some outstanding tackles. Last week many people stated that we conceded two goals when Taylor came on, while this is true, it was the poor changes and organisation of the midfield and attack that allowed the other team to come forward and the blame should lie with the manager, not anywhere else.

    My main concern is if we let him go will he come back to haunt us. He is still one of the first names on the under 21 sheet and Stuart Pearce rates him very highly which IMO says a lot.

  • Newckie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Great to see the players like Joe! That is just so so important to moral which we know comes from the top down without exception (as you know Ed.)

    Get ready for January Joe and stick it up “em”son!
    Take no prisoners!

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    dougnufc // Dec 16, 2008 at 12:23

    Lets get Santa Cruz from Blackburn…… isn’t Santa Claus good enough?

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Premiership Manager

    Sounds like we have the same view, although v Stoke I agree with you that JK carries the can for the subs, however Taylor was % culpable for the goals.

    I also agree re the speed of which he has been thrust into the limelight, and the fact Newcastle fans put more expectation yet more forgiveness on Geordies – which in itself is destructive.

    Thats why I continually make the point – for his own good, he needs to get away from here and learn his trade outside of the Premier League – out of the spotlight and away from NUFC fans as he has lost the support of many (not to mention his team mates).

    The unfortunate fact is he was a victim of circumstance but is now old enough where managers expect more. I believe loaning him out may be the saving of Taylor not his demise.

  • Premiership Manager

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Stardust good to have a constructive debate.

    Over the years Taylor has often been outstanding hence the number of MoM awards. when he was asked to play at Right Back not so long ago he was outstanding.

    If we let him go we’d possibly get 4-8M but you have to ask who would we get to replace him and would the replacement be as versatile, scoring much needed goals when required as Taylor has done.

    I think that once the team starts to settle and pull together as it seems to be doing now. Things will start to change. I wouldn’t swap the back four at the moment however Taylor is a very good option to have on the bench and the current players know that if he gets back in, they will have a job getting their place back and that is how it should be.

    I think it’s a win win situation and Taylor will benefit from being out of the limelight and his time on the bench. I’m also confident that when his confidence returns, (it can’t be to high at the moment with what’s happened at the club and being on the bench), we will see a far better player, especially with joe working with him.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Stardust Taylor is not a geordie he was born in London.

  • dave

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #24

    I can’t help but think taylors dip in form has stemmed from his contractual problems last season – I think he merited a pay rise considering the big earners that came in and produced nothing but I’m sure it unsettled himand he hasn’t been the same since

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Santa Cruz…??? Cmon lads let’s be fair!!! There are several teams in the EPL who would love to sign Rocky and it isn’t one of the best kept secrets in football that Man City want to sign him in January! A truly world class striker when he puts it together; alongside bently one of the main reasons why blackburn did so well last year! The ideal replacement for Viduka…but i cannot see it happening at all

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26


    Stupid comment to make that really!!!!!!

    Born in london…..RAISED IN NEWCASTLE SINCE BEFORE HE COULD TALK!!!! Shola was born in Nigeria yet he is a geordie lad, has a geordie accent, loves th city, the club, the fans…

    As does Stevey Taylor who is still a great prospect for english football! I say prospect becuase he is still 22! That is very young for a central defender! He is captain of the U21s! Has never had a regular central defender and played alongside the likes of BRAMBLE, CACAPA, ROZENHAAL, BOUMSONG, RAMAGE…some of the worst central defenders i’ve ever seen! Yet he is still here and will improve with players like colo around him….

    Let’s get off his F@cking back becuase this is a black and white blog…not a steven taylor slaughtering ground…support boys, remember what that word means

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    SIRJASON – yes he was but he is treat like one as you know.

    Dave – I disagree, I never thought he was worth big money -its rewarding someone who in my opinion doesnt warrant it. Maybe I am just too objective but I dont see him with rose tinited glasses – though I respect your view too.

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Kevin Nichol – In my opinion Rozenhal, and Cacapa were unsettled playing alongside him because of his positional play.

    They are good players made to look ordinary by circumstance – i.e. playing alongside a first teamer “Taylor”.

    Even look at Colo when Taylor is on the pitch – he is at 6’s and 7’s, Yet when Bassong is on they both know what the other is doing.

    Taylors positional play is his weakness and the biggest weakness in the whole team in my opinion.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Am I the only one who thought Collo dropped some big clangers on Sunday? That pass straight to Defoe, and losing his man at least twice during set pieces.

    Still, I really like the guy and he’ll no doubt get a chance to partner up with Taylor and Basso over time. The problem arises when Collo himself gets injured…

  • Howay50

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Some words of advice for Colo who washed his hair for the first time after a perm and it was a mess…help!

    OK – don’t panic Colo – here’s a step-by-step to glossy, healthy curls! Shampoo and condition your hair using specially formulated products for permed hair
    Blot and squeeze the water from your hair using a dry towel. Or just wrap your head in a towel but don’t ever rub it dry
    Spray your hair with a leave-in detangling conditioner and then add some anti-frizz serum
    ‘Comb’ your hair with your fingers and once it gets easier to run them through, start using a wide toothed comb
    Apply your usual favorite styling product and tip your head upside down, combing the hair to maximize lift. If you don’t want your hair too big, stay upright!
    It’s best to dry it naturally but if hair drying, use a diffuser and a cool setting
    Control how much or how little volume you want with tiny mists of scrunching spray
    With this care, your perm should be smooth and just what you wanted and allow you to be aerodynamically ready to head in loads of goals for the Toon!

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Whumpie, yeah I saw that on the stream, guess we could have been talking about him doing a Titus if things had gone pear shaped. Still think he had a good game though as did poor old Titus most of the time.
    Incidently that stream on Sunday was bloo*y frustrating as it seemed to freeze just as goals were being scored apart from the last one.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32


    You scare me a little.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Which stream were you using? I’ve hardly ever got any of them to work properly.

  • dave

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #34

    hey stardust I don’t see him thro rose tinted glasses I just thought that compared to some of the nuggets we’ve paid good money for and big money to them he deserved more but I also think he was badly advised
    but I respect your views and we all have to get behind the boys if we’re going to get out this mess

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Dave – Agreed! 😉

  • clinta

    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #36

    it’s funny how most were slagging off the club, and ranting and raving during the transfer window, but now it’s turned out to be the best bit of business we’ve done for some time, if not quite enough.

    clearly shows that the youth and scouting policies put in place by the ‘cockney mafia’ have done us more good than bad for now and the future.

    hmm… maybe some of the majority mob were wrong after all, we’ll still see i guess, but as toon fans short memories and quick emotional outbursts tend to cloud what really is and has happened.

  • repo

    Dec 17, 2008 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #37

    blackburn are crap,

    wait till Blyth put them to the sword in the 3rd round..

    howayyyyyyyyyy blyth…

  • Sav

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #38

    Stardust, Taylor is a great young player. Of course he makes mistakes but he has been the best player in our crap defence for a long time.

    JFK seems to be getting it right, spending 4 days out of 5 on defensive work. Taylor has never had that. The other thing he has missed out on is a settled defence. Beye is heaps better than Carr, Geremi, Nobby and finally we seem to be getting some good performances at LB from Enrique who also needs nurturing.
    Taylor has been good and will get his chance again.
    Just because Bassong has done really well, is there a necessity for you to hop on here and slag off another good young player?


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