For once Alan Shearer in the TV studios told it like it is on Match of the Day on Saturday night, both about Newcastle and some of the Newcastle players.
Alan Shearer – critical of Coloccini and Harper
Alan dropped Coloccini last year after just one game and it was obvious from his comments that he’s not an admirer of the Argentine International.
Shearer was extremely critical of Coloccini’s non-involvement in the goal former Darlington defender Shelton Martis opened the scoring with after 39 minutes, for West Bromwich Albion.
This is what Alan said:
“Coloccini’s left his man once again,” “His man’s two yards from goal.”
There’s nothing wrong with criticizing a player when he deserves to be criticized and it’s far better to tell it like it is. You cannot be a politician and a good manager too these days, and you have to tell the truth, albeit in a positive way to improve the player.
But it is looking almost certain that if the club can find anyone in the next 3 weeks willing to buy or loan the center-back, Coloccini and some of the other overpaid Newcastle players, they will stay on the payroll and that will be a huge cash flow problem for the club.
Damien Duff and Jonás Gutiérrez were criticised for their lack of end product and that was certainly true of the Argentine although Duff looked class for a lot of the game. The Newcastle midfield in general did not fare too well with Shearer after the game:
“There’s a lack of creativity with Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Nicky Butt being the central midfield,”
He also said that Ryan Taylor is not a right back, which is strange since that’s where Ryan started his career at Tranmere Rovers, and is the position he wants to make his own at Newcastle.
Shearer also was pleased with Tim Krul’s brilliant second-half performance, and that’s interesting given that Steve Harper, who Shearer also criticised for his part in the West Brom goal, is an old friend.
We are hoping to hear this week what Mike Ashley plans to do with the club, and are hoping against hope that he doesn’t decide to keep it for another year.