How many times have Newcastle been faced with a player who has not met his high expectations at the club, and then Newcastle cannot unload the player, because of both his high wages and high transfer price.
Fabricio Coloccini – disappointing season at Newcastle
Many, many times and that is now true with 23 year-old Spanish striker Xisco, and true also with another player who was disappointing last season – Argentine Fabricio Coloccini.
But with Fabriocio costing a cool £10 from Deportivo last August, it will be difficult to recoup much of that money right now, and even at £7M, the Argentine will be a tough sell.
But this is what Newcastle will need to do with a number of their players in the summer.
It’s easy with the free agents (at least something is easy this summer) – because Owen, Viduka and Cacapa have contracts that run out at the end of this month and their wages will be off ther wage bill come July – whew!
That will will a savings on the three of them of around £230K each week (£12M over a year)- so that’s a decent start. Viduka and Cacapa hardly played last year for the first team, and Owen was a disappointement again.
Is it only us who thinks Own should have said something before he left Newcastle? After all he was our captain, he just seems to have left with no parting words to the fans, or anything for that matter. And now he’s in the news trying to get a deal with Everton.
Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have been linked with the 27-year-old Coloccini, who wasn’t terrible for us last season, he had some good games, but he didn’t look like a £10M defender – let’s put it that way. Not good in the air, too slow on the gorund and poor positional play are the words on Coloccini – and apart form that he’s great!
But it’s just another terrible deal we made with Deportivo La Coruna, and memories of Albert Luque come flooding back., We paid £9.5M for him, on the same day we signed Michael Owen, gave him a ridiculous wage – by his own admission – and took a bath on him when he was sold 18 months ago.
Sevilla’s Sporting Director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi has admitted they are unlikely to make a move for Coloccini, and Argentine club San Lorenzo (they have little money) having been scared off by his price tag and probable wage demands already, Newcastle may have to see if they can arrange a loan deal for next season – to at least get him off the wage bill.
There is a possibility of a loan deal with Fiorentina, but Newcastle will also want to have them include the option of making the deal permanent at the end of next season, with a fee agreed up front.
Colocini’s agent, Marcelo Lombilla, confirmed the defender wants to quit English football, saying:
“We are looking at possible opportunities for him – all of them in Europe.”
We knew he wanted to leave Newcastle, because as soon as the final whistle blew against Aston Villa he was down the tunnel into the dressing room and on the phone with his agent – “get me out of here.”
Some commitment to Newcastle United and it epitomizes the attitude of a lot of our squad last season – and that’s one reason we were relegated.