It’s generally agreed that Coloccini struggled in the Premier League last season, after a good start.
Coloccini – loves playing for the famous Newcastle United
But for a fee of £10.6M from Spanish club Deportivo, he hardly looked that kind of player last year.
The Argentine also had the added hardship that when he first came in he didn’t know a word of English, and went to English classes.
And there were those really funny stories coming from the dressing room when Joe Kinnear would erupt in the dressing room and his friend Jonas Gutierrez had to translate what Joe was saying, because Coloccini hadn’t come across those words in his classes. 😀
We always thought that was hilarious.
And of course when we were relegated we thought Frabricio would be one of the first to leave, since he didn’t seem t o have too much loyalty for the club.
But Fabricio has played well this season, let’s make no mistake about that, and we have missed him since he’s been out injured.
He seemed to put some solidity back in central defense last Monday night in his first game back when Tamas Kadar and the Argentine played very solidly.
Good for Coloccini on his first game back for a while and great for Kadar, who at 19, looks to be a winner for the future.
It was also good that an experienced International and an up and coming youngster could get the job done so well together for the team.
Fabricio talked through an interpreter today, but his English still needs to improve so Geordies can understand him better – and yes we know he probably has difficulty with the Geordie dialect too – howay man, canny lad.
“The best thing about playing for Newcastle United is the fans,” “I get recognised in the street and I get a lot of respect. It makes me very proud to represent them. It was not the same in Spain or Argentina.”
“I like the attitude of the people in Newcastle, their attitude to life and the football team. The people have taken me to their heart and that means so much.”
“To come here and be treated so well by people, I didn’t know what to expect, but this is a special place and it means a lot to me.”
“There is a strong bond with the fans and I feel as though I owe them something. I have a lot of affection for the place, despite the weather.”
“I stayed at Newcastle because it is a big club and a famous club. It is just an accident that we have gone down, Newcastle should not be in the Championship and I want to help get the team back into the Premier League.”
We know the Argentine is on big wages at the club and a contract over 5 years, so that’s another reason he would like to settle at Newcastle.
His wages are anywhere between £65K/week and £80K/week and cynics would say that’s really why he wants to stay.
But after we’ve blasted Fabricio too many times in the summer – there is also nothing that would make us happier than if he came through big time for Newcastle this season and over the length of his contract.
Then he’d be a Newcastle hero.