Fabricio Coloccini Still Improving At Newcastle


It seems that Fabricio Coloccini, after some difficult games for him in the Premier league, is starting to come to terms with it, and he certainly seems to be improving as the season progresses at Newcastle.

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Coloccini – left out of the last Argentina squad against France

Coloccini talked yesterday to the Newcastle Journal:

“It was very difficult to be out of the Argentina squad – I always want to be in the team and for the last three or four years I have been,”

“Of course, it would be a massive disappointment not to get to the World Cup but there are a lot of good players in Argentina and that is a possibility.”

“Maradona picked me for the first squad and he said ‘You are in good physical shape’ but he didn’t speak to me about not getting in the team last time.”

“We have changed the manager and maybe he wants to look at other players. But I will stay quiet, work hard and try and hope that will be enough to get back.”

“It has not been easy with my club not doing well – it will be better for my chances if we climb up the league and better for the club.”

“That is my number one goal – to get Newcastle up the table. I love it here and I am very happy here. My family is settled here. But, as you would expect because I’m in my first year, I am learning every day.”

There have been many changes in the Newcastle defense this season, with Coloccini being an ever-present, and the latest change for Coloccini came when Steve Harper came in to replace Shay Given. 

As we all know Shay was keen to leave the club after 12 years and 458 appearances for Newcastle, and ended up at Manchester City.

But it appears the Argentinian has said that has had no effect on his own, as he continued:

“It hasn’t been a massive change for us. I have just had to get on with it,”

“Shay Given was a world class goalkeeper but Steve Harper is a big goalkeeper too – a very good player.”

“I have not had to change the way I play because both players are very good.”

“There have been many different players in our defense this season but that is no excuse for bad games because we play alongside each other in training every day and know each other’s games.”

Newcastle face another crucial game tomorrow afternoon when they travel to fellow relegation candidates Bolton, in waht is another 6 pointer.

Newcastle won the first encounter at St James’ Park by a single goal from captain Michael Owen, in the 71st minute, but Coloccini is all ready for another tough game with Bolton’s top scorer Kevin Davies, who is always a difficult man to mark.

Fabricio continued:

“It will be a very tough game. We won earlier in the season but they gave us a very tough game,”

“I remember Kevin Davies, he is a good player and he made it difficult for us defenders. He is a big man and he is a danger to opposition teams.”

Fabricio is a great guy, and someone we had liked before he ever came to Tyneside.

Coloccini had an excellent game last week, especially in the second half, and his play with Sebastien Bassong will be key tomorrow, as to whether Newcastle can get their second league double of the season against Bolton.

Another good performance from these two lads, and it’s very possible Newcastle can take all 3 points tomorrow.

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 28, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    once he has fully adapted, him and bassong will form a brilliant partnership

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Harper at a charity do and colo speaking from a sports tournament launch. The boys seem to be getting out into the community of late.

    I do think Colo has improved and has really been dumped into a situ which will probably make him a better player, whilst we are battling for prem survival.

    Im looking forward to the match and hope for 3 points and would love a draw against manure on wed

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  • jimiley

    Feb 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Too slow, small and not strong enough.

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  • waddler

    Feb 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    l totally agree with Toon-Sydney, he is still adapting to the Premiership and developing a partnership with Bassong.
    We will need cover for Enrique next season and once Beye is back we will have the defensive foundations in place.
    I wonder if Collicini and Guitirez’s success on Tyneside might be used to attract a clutch of South American or Spanish players to try their luck with us.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 28, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont believe all this “he’ll adapt” nonsense.

    Bassong didnt take long did he.

    Reality is, he hasnt got the pace for the prem. His only good games are when he makes no mistakes, rather than when he ACTUALLY has a good game…like bassong.

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