Sevilla Want Fabricio Coloccini – Good

News tonight that Spanish Primera Division side Sevilla are looking at Newcastle’s questionable Argentine center-back, Fabricio Coloccini, who has lost his place in the Argentine national squad because of his less than stellar performances for Newcastle this year.


Fabricio Coloccini – mediocre at best for Newcastle this year

The 27-year-old is saying he has not settled in England, but that’s nonsense, he wants away because Newcastle are in the English second division, and we wouldn’t have heard a word out of him, if we had not been relegated.

Coloccini  put in a number of average (at best) displays this year and did little to help Newcastle avoid relegation. He is not good enough in the air, as we all saw against Liverpool last December, when he was continuously beaten in the air by Sami Hyypia from corners.

And he doesn’t have enough speed to be a top player in the Premier League, as the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans found out last season.

Newcastle paid an outlandish £10M to Deportivo, who have more than once got high transfer fees for Newcastle for questionable players (remember Albert Luque?).

Since relegation, Fabricio has made no secret of his desire to leave Newcastle, since the club will not be able to afford his £65K/week wages in the Championship. Coloccini  is one of 9 priority players the Tyneside club has put up for transfer this summer.

He hardly earned his high wages last year, but he was not alone in the Newcastle squad for not playing well enough – given the wages the club has paid out.

Owner Mike Ashley wasn’t too much good last season, but the players have to take the major responsibility for getting the club relegated, and Mike must be wondering what he got for the £74M wage bill he had last year. Answer – not much.

That wage bill is in the top 3 or 4 in the Premier League last season, and the Newcastle club finished 3rd bottom – what if wrong with this picture?

Such is the state of the Newcastle club right now, in complete disarray because owner Mike Ashley has decided to sell, and will not appoint manager, that the club will accept half the fee they paid last year for the player.

So that would be around £5M, and that’s within 12 months – so he was hardly a good buy by a certain Dennis Wise, was he?

Luckily,  Coloccini has a long-term admirer in Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez, and with Sevilla securing Champions League football for next season there will be cash to spend to strengthen the side, and we hope they’ll bid high for the player – and anybody from Sevilla reading this – we were only kidding above – and Fabricio really is a great great player.

Sevilla finished third in La Liga last season, and there are reports that the player’s representative, Marcelo Lombillo, said,

“Fabricio [Coloccini] was disappointed with the decline in Newcastle.”

” We are considering several offers, all of them from Europe. One of the options on the table is a club from Southern Spain.”

Just let’s add some truth to that quote – the decline was caused by players like Coloccini not playing well enough for the club, given the huge wages paid out to them.

The  club has a right to expect better, and they just didn’t get it from the squad last season, and that’s the principal reason we were relegated.

Looks like Fabricio is trying to rewrite the history of last season already – best of luck matey!

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the rot started when we stopped selling those Geordie Burgers

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #2

    mmmm …. Soylent Green ….

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed – that Edline is disgusting.

    Tell me what Fabricio did that was so bad, he never hid, he was always available for games, he played alongside that local geordie cockney hero Taylor – who makes every player he plays alongside a bimbling wreck.

    I despair, and I am saddened you would be so cheap as to post that……and there was I thinking you used to play………

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Irish @ 3:
    “It has been another difficult week at St James’ Park, in which the managing director Derek Llambias has been forced to use public transport after his BMW was seized by a leasing company”

    Dennis! Hail this man a taxi!

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Colo isn’t cut out for the Premiership by the looks of it and definitely not for The Championship.

    Too slow, poor positional sense and not strong enough physically or in the air.

    If we’d paid peanuts then he’d be a half-decent squad player but if we can get anywhere near the £6m being bandied around then we should take it.

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #7

    My rot used to start wheneve I ate them Isaac and it lasted a couple of days.

    At least I think they were Geordie Burgers. I may have been too young and they were just generic canned burgers. Mmmm Yum!

  • Elfy_Toon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #8

    stardust i rarely disagree with ur point of view, and on this occasion i agree with ur assessment of Colo, i thought he did a gd job in his first season, i do disagree with ur snipe at taylor who i thought performed adimireably last season. the problem was the midfield and strikers. the defence were our best asset last season.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #9

    BBM – did you see Collo run with Young at AV on the last game 1 on 1 – he kept up with him every step and he is one of the quickest players in the league.

    Positional sense was fine – Taylors knocks other players out.

    Poor jumping off his back leg with weight over it.

    I wish people would think themselves before forming a bandwagon view.

    For a first season the the EPL it was a good display – but with a back line of Collo, Enrique, Bassong and Beye we were fine……and then along came Taylor.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #10

    stardust how is it that taylor gets a gd deal of praise from pundits and football experts then? are they all wrong and u right? wasnt it mourinho who said two seasons ago that he could go on to be the next john terry?

  • Elfy_Toon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #11

    what have you got against taylor? he shows the passion and desire that so many lack, and loyalty not seen much nowadays. yes he makes rash decisions sumtimes but all in all he is a gd defender.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Generic you say? I thought they were made from Geordies. Full of nourishing Greggs saturated fat. mmmm

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Me? On a bandwagon? H’way…..

    He has many the same problems I suffer now, except my excuse is age is against me. My positional sense and strength is ok.

    Colo looked sluggish even when Taylor wasn’t
    around. He’s a decent footballer but not a great defender in my opinion. And definitely not worth £10m. I want my centre-half smashing the place up and getting hold of Steve Taylor (should we agree what you say is true).

    It’s nowt personal, Colo didn’t sign himself. He just wasn’t the right man for the job at that price.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Elfy – if I had to give an honest opinion I think Taylors play is positionally terrible, I believe he plays for himself and ego on the pitch.

    However in his defence when the chips were down at the end of the season he can look in the mirror and truly say he did his best, many in our team couldnt.

    I gave the above analogy as I am sick of very very good overseas players coming here being undermined by the fans, how may time do the same pundits to whom you refer say players need a season in the EPL to get used to it – NUFC fans allow 1 game.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Get your hair cut boy !

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #16

    BBM – I think you have forgot about the language barrier to “get ahold of him” and say what – just point lots lol.

    I think the sluggishness you refer to isnt pace, its when he was passed around, 1/2 or whatever – one more than one occasion he stood there like a startled rabbit and didnt track back any more.

    A very very easy thing to put right.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #17

    i can agree with u there, i dont think taylor is in this for himself i do truly believe he loves newcastle passionately, but apart from that everything else there is spot on. i think most of the players weve bought from abroad deserve to be given time to settle, look at enrique for example! there not all like bassong who settled in one game.

  • Dragonera

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #18

    IMO Colo needs another season to adapt. however, he will not get it with us as he is too expensive. Taylor needs to stay at RB. He is awful at CB, but shows much potential at RB.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Dragonera – he is a woeful full back – I cant understand why anyone would want him there – he was wooden legs, fumbles under pressure (fb is always pressured0 he is a good header of the ball – thats it!

    By the way Elfy – re my view of taylor playing on the pitch re ego and playing for himself is backed up by lads who know him personally.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #20

    stardust, dragonera what would u think of taylor in midfield? he seems to lik getting forward and any mistakes he made wouldnt be so costly? perhaps in a holding role instead of butt.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Elfy – dont think he had the engine, range of passing, control….need I say more lol.

    He will be a good player in the Championship though but woefully exposed in the PL.

    After the Man U game the Man U players were arguing with Taylor in the tunnel – they were all shouting he was a s**t player and that everyone knew it in the league, if the fellow pro’s dont respect you, they dont fear you – you have nothing.

    I believe they were shouting that as they had identified him as a weakness – could be wrong of course.

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Stardust – at a very simple level to communicate effectively at the back you need to know perhaps a dozen or so universal words or phrases –

    – “Time”
    – “Turn”
    – “Man on/tight”
    – “Get rid”
    – “See it out”
    – “Left shoulder”
    – “Right shoulder”
    – “Hold”
    – “Out”
    – “Stand up”
    – “Keepers on”

    – “Smash the *^%&”

    Language shouldn’t be such a barrier on the pitch. Maybe if they’re sitting down for lobster and a glass of wine.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #23


    and of course “Where’s Taylor” lol

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Doesn’t that say more about the Man Utd players though?

    And wasn’t it coincidentally after he’d forearm smashed Ronaldo. Which was a bit daft but go on, admit it, you cheered a little?
    I know I did.

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Reet, I’m off. My lass is offically asleep and I will be getting wrong in the morning for being on my football porn.

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Forearm smash? No BBM – it was a gentle lean as he lost his balance.

    It was the only time I had ever wished a player was allowed to wear a metal bar up his sleeve for protection. You never know when your forearm might get hurt.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #27

    We don’t have any really good defenders, Enrique is ok, Beye is good but not great, Bassong is good and may become really good.

    Woodgate has been the only defender to play really good for us, i thought when we splashed out on Coloccini that we had eventually found his replacement, but obviously he was not!

  • simon376

    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Got to agree with Stardust in the fact that I’ve also heard that Taylor thinks he’s better than he is. But I think Taylor did alright last season. I think the main problem is he hasn’t played alongside a goot centre back as he was learning his trade, apart from Bassong this season.

    As for Colo, I would give him he fact he is new to the English game and could have done with another season, but watching him I thought he was shocking. I wouldn’t condem him altogether as it was just his first season, but not going to be sorry to see him go.

  • Dragonera

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #29


    You make a great point about fellow pro’s not respecting him.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Feel sorry for him, the way he and many other signings have been treated by our club is very unfair and I wish him all the best!

    + He is a better centre back than S.Taylor!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #31

    He’s a good player and will do well if he does go to Sevilla, he’s more suited to the Spanish league where the play is more technical compared to over here where it’s all strength and long balls.

    I doubt he will be too worried that it didn’t work out here if he’s playing champions league football next season.

  • Doocey

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Rangerman // Jun 16, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    He’s a good player and will do well if he does go to Sevilla, he’s more suited to the Spanish league where the play is more technical compared to over here where it’s all strength and long balls.

    I doubt he will be too worried that it didn’t work out here if he’s playing champions league football next season.

    Agreed, Coloccini will still turn out a fine player, I’m pretty sure of that.

    Headline’s a bit harsh but anyways, yep he’s off.

  • Dragonera

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #33

    “Headline’s a bit harsh but anyways…”

    Pretty much sums up the quality of Ed’s recent articles. Despite Ed’s admirable dedication to this blog he seems to have lost all control of his emotions. The quality of the service he provides is ultimately suffering because of it. Extremist and misleading headlines coupled with the regurgatation of identical articles day after day has seen the quality of this blog dip even further. Maybe Ed should have stayed true to his word and ended the blog at the end of the season. That’s not meant as an insult to Ed, but as constructive criticism. If your hearts not in it Ed, then just call it a day, mate. You have your own life to live and i’m sure everyone on here will understand.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #34

    Stardust, can you respect the opinion of others? I urge you to stay in your own blog

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Anyone who can’t stand the articles written here can always choose not to read. I do not understand the problem. If it’s bad, why do you keep coming back?

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Well said Toon_Ksk… twice!

  • AmSickOfThis

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #37

    i Dont get this continual bashing of Steven Taylor on this Blog he was one of if not the only player in our run in to show any pride or seemed to care about the club
    is hard to slate any of the defenders when there has been no midfield protection at all the midfield didnt defend or attack or create
    as for collocini he should have been moved to the defensive midfield role after he was torn apart by liverpool
    colo will go back to spain and do well where he hasnt got the pace and aerial threat as here in england to contend with and have midfielders in front of him who actually do something

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #38

    The header: sevilla-want-fabricio-coloccini-good-take-him

    Well we need to sell him because of his high wages and he needs to go for the sake of his international career.

    Conclusion, A club want him and will pay for him, ok we take a loss on the £10 mill but £65K a week off the wage bill GOOD TAKE HIM.

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Jun 16, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Yes Collo was disapointing this year but please have a good look as to why all of our defensive unit was found wanting this year (and previous years). I have played as a sweeper locally here in OZ for nearly 20 years and if your midfielders and forwards can not hang onto the ball it makes it near on imposible to shut out opposition teams. It doesn’t matter who you have playing in the back line, if your midfield is sh*t, you will leak goals.. How many time this season did we see our midfield dominate a match??.. I’d say none!!!.. In the end we fans blame the defence for not clearing the ball or the keeper for not making a save that he should of… The real issue is the lack of midfield quality… Colo does deserve some criticism but not the amount he has received… Butt and Co in the midfield should be the ones that are hanging their heads in shame..

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 16, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #40

    How many time this season did we see our midfield dominate a match??..

    Usually (not v L’pool though!) when Barton played!

    The points about poor midfield putting pressure on defence…. yep, agreed and the two positions we knew we were short of were left back and a creative midfielder…. Poor decisions and some poor buys and sales in the last 3 transfer windows.


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