Coloccini Understands Importance Of Survival For Newcastle

Fabricio Coloccini has had an eventful first season for Newcastle, and he is likely to be dropped for tonight’s crucial game against Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park, as Steven Taylor is expected to return to the side.


Fabricio Coloccini – likely to be dopped tonight

Fabricio cannot believe his first season has turned out to be so bad on Tyneside, as he talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“When I joined Newcastle, I could never have imagined the club being in serious danger of relegation, having to win their last two home games just to stand a chance of staying up. It would have sounded crazy,”

“I was sold a club that would be challenging in the top half of the table with maybe a good chance of doing well in the cups.” “But the reality is that we are in the relegation zone and we have to fight to get out of it.”

“If someone had told me May would be a very important time for Newcastle, never would I have thought it was for this reason.” “But now we must show that we are ready to fight to stay in the Premier League.” 

We were very high on Coloccini when he first arrived at Newcastle last August, as we’d been following the player for a while after the 2006 World Cup, where he looked good for Argentina. And when he arrived then manager Kevin Keegan was highly complimentary of the player, even though Kevin had nothing to do with his arrival.

But often this season the Argentine has looked a bit slow of foot, and not a great header of the ball, as we witnessed against Liverpool in December, and in fact he has been completely overshadowed by Frenchman Sebastien Bassong, who has performed magnificently for the Magpies in his very first season.

Asked about his own form during an occasionally fractious interview Coloccini maintains it is not a major cause for concern for him, but it has hardly been easy to be consistent with evberything that’
s been going on in the soap opera that has been newcastle United this season.

Coloccini continued:

“This season has not been good for anyone. Everyone must question their own form,” “We are in a relegation fight because the team has not played well. We cannot hide from that, so none of the team must be playing at their best.

“I feel my own form has been good this season but the team has not been playing well and that makes it difficult for all of us. It has been tough at times.”  

It seems like the appointment of Alan Shearer as the new boss has been recirved well by all the playersm, but we would ahve hoped we woulod have garnered more than 2 p[oints and one gaol foprm Alan’s first 5 games in charge.

Coloccini talked about Alan:

“Alan Shearer has been great,” “He left me out for the Stoke game and I had to accept it. Of course, I was disappointed but it is the manager’s decision and I respect that.”

“I just had to work hard to get back in the team.” “I don’t know why I went out of the team. Team selection is always down to the manager and he will know better than me. But I am not the only one to be dropped since he came.”

“He left out Michael Owen last week. Nobody wants that but it shows he is not afraid to make tough decisions.” “The manager feels the pain, perhaps even more than us because he has been at Newcastle for so long.”

“But that is understandable because he was brought up here and has always been a fan. That does not mean we do not care. “He wants us to be feeling like the fans are feeling.”

“He wants us to share his passion and to know how important these games are and what relegation would mean to the city. We understand the message.”  

There’s no doubt that Fabricio is a good lad and a good team player, and could still maybe have a future at Newcastle United.

But he will have to steady down and eliminate the mistakes he has been guilty of this season – but there again we have to allow the players some time to adjust to the pysical demands of the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Widowmaker

    May 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Colo needs to know that he was dropprd because he could and should have done better on the field.

    I somehow feel he is not aggresive enough for the EPL and that is an area that he needs to improve IMHO.

  • dougnufc

    May 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree, he lacks aggression, he always looked relaxed when playing

  • Toon Graeme

    May 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Im not jumping on the anti-colo bandwagon – but you get dropped for a reason and the fact he cant see what is wrong with his form!

    Last two games alone he has given away a free kick just outside the box (as an example).

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Well thats sounds a bit better than the sound bites I’ve seen elsewhere basically sticking the boot in when we are down. Her Majesties Gutter Press have a hell of a lot to answer for. Suprised they aint saying that Shearer is on the verge of walking just to upset the team before the biggest game to date until next week anyway.

  • coloccini.AWFUL

    May 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    He should be ALOT better than he is basically!

  • T

    May 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    By now he should be used to passing to a midfield 3 or 4 in front of him that either rocket the ball right back at him or lose possession immediately.

    The fact he hasn’t adapted to the absolute turds in front of him is unnerving.

  • 51times

    May 11, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    He needs to play to his strengths, cutting out through balls and such. I don’t think he’s awful but he’s not really lived up to his pricetag either. If we stay up, he’ll do better next season.

  • Davies

    May 11, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I still like the bloke. He was top quality in the first match he played in, but I think playing at the pace of that sort of game, when he was used to something very different started to take it’s toll after only a few matches.

    If he works on fitness etc over the summer (provided we’re still in the EPL) he could be well worth the money paid. He always looks good in the air and does show agression when required. Twice in the match against Pompey he pretty much ran through their midfield on his own crashing through players as he went. He looked solid. Shame about the gaffs really.

  • 51times

    May 11, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Also he’s a better passer than most of our midfielders…probably a better crosser too.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Gotta agree with davies I dont think he is that bad a player. Our midfield has piled the pressure on our defence all season long. He has had no pre season in a new league, hell vidic and evra where nowt flash when they first came here. Give him a pre-season under a manager that knows what to do and let him work on his strength, his lack of pace is something he will have to stick with and read the game.

  • xfer

    May 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    He dont know why he is dropped? He must have thought he has shown his best form to date! No wonder we are in trouble.

  • Craigg

    May 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    The problem with Kevin Keegans and Bobby Robsons teams was the defence let the rest of the side down and were the main reason for us not winning the league at least once if not more.

    The midfield is the reason we are where we are in our current situation and the reason for Cacapa and Enriques errors last season and Coloccini and Taylors mistakes this season.

    Carvalho, Terry, Ferdinand, Vidic, Carragher ETC. look good because what they have to do which isnt much they do well, Put them in a team that cannot retain the ball where they are under constant pressure and their concentration would slip and mistakes would creep in.

    When we secure our survival we need to buy three or four quality midfield players who can keep the ball and reduce the work load for the defenders as all of them are much better than they have shown.

    Bassong and Beye are faultless despite these problems and should be playing for a much better side, Lets hope that next season that side plays in black and white and arent Juventus.

    What im trying to say is that we should keep Coloccini and give him the chance to shine in a team worthy of his talent.

  • RyanToon

    May 11, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    shame he doesnt know how to defend

    lets hope we get the 1st goal tonight otherwise we will be fooked imo

    lets av em lads!

  • sahota

    May 11, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Spot on Craigg. I think for all players to showcase skills, they also need some better players around them. But I also agree with others that Colo needs to work and learn a lot to be successful in this league. But I think he won’t play tonight.

  • JJJ

    May 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Sometimes those relaxed calm type of players just arnt cut out for the premier league.
    Look at Veron for example, one of the best midfielders in the world just doesnt work at Man United.
    But having said that I think we need to give him more time, as we should have given Rosehnal more time too.

  • kevheslop

    May 11, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #16

    I lot of the reasons and excuses for Colo not doing well don’t really stand up or hold weight as Bassong has been able to flourish and exceed expectation playing in the same side with the same problems around him, so for a ten million price tag Colo has to go down as a disappointment, the price tag not being his fault of course, but we expected better – however, Bassong exceeded expectations, which makes a nice change for a signing for us!

  • T

    May 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    I think they stand up just fine because they’re different types of players.

    What may be the case, and a lot of people have hinted at it and I agree, is that Colo is something of a luxury in this team right now and he’s unable to adjust his game accordingly. We need scrappers and battlers and don’t need ball playing center halves. Bassong has been able to do so much better.

  • bakerbaker

    May 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s awful imo, would rather have Bassong any day, yet he cost 20% the price of Colo & is much younger!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #19


  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #20



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