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!