It seems that the camaraderie within the Newcastle camp is now spreading to the fans, especially when the lads have built a 3 game winning streak and are now 6 points clear of second placed WBA.
Mike Williamson - Coloccini is great to play alongside
A top performer for Newcastle since he arrived from Portsmouth in January is Mike Williamson, and Mike has come out today and says simply playing alongside Fabriocio Coloccini is improving his game.
Mike talked about Fabricio today in the Newcastle Journal:
“He doesn’t speak that much but he knows the simple things,” “I hear his cries of ‘man on’ or ‘left shoulder’ and there is an understanding there.”
“But to be honest I don’t need him to talk because I know where he is going to be, he is that consistent. He will be there if the ball goes over my head and vice- versa.”
Of course Diego Maradona left the center-back out of his Argentine squad for the friendly game against Germany in Munich on Wednesday evening and the odds are now unfortunately against Fabricio being in the Argentine World Cup squad.
But if that happens it has little to do with the way he’s been playing on Tyneside – he’s been just great for Newcastle United this season, and the fans have really taken him.
And the Geordie fans have taken to Fabricio not only because of his play but because of the real commitment he has shown to the club during these hard times.
Mike continued talking about his central defensive partner:
“For a player like me who comes in to play alongside a player that is world class, which he is, it has been ideal for me to slip in,”
“Everyone knows what he has to offer around the world. He is a top, top player and has helped me enormously, he’s made it easy for me. I watch him, learn off him and I hope he will help me develop my own game.”
“Without a doubt he should be going to the World Cup and he should have been in the Argentina squad this week. In training, in a match, he is outstanding.”
“Some of the touches he shows, he is laid back, comfortable and a joy to play alongside. It’s hard not to stand there and admire it.”
“It can be hard to settle into the English game when you have come abroad – particularly in the Championship – but he has adapted,” “There’s not one part of his game that is lacking.”
“Day in, day out he seems like he is really enjoying it. Last season was difficult for every member of this squad but at the minute we are doing our best to put the memory of that to the back of everyone’s minds.”
“Everyone is really close and pulling in the same direction.”
The lads are very close this season, and lots of credit must be given to manager Chris Hughton for that, and we also have to remember that Williamson has only been on Tyneside about 6 weeks, but he’s already settled in so well.
The closeness and camaraderie of the squad augers well if we do get promoted.
If we can add say 5 new players to the squad in the summer we should be able to hold our own next season, if indeed we do make it back to the Premier League.