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World-Class Coloccini Helping My Game – Williamson

10:51 am, Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 will die for the toon army // Mar 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Colo is getting better and better.

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Mar 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    More money for MA and NUFC.

    http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/breaking-news/2010/03/02/mike-ashley-in-takeover-talks-for-blacks-leisure-79310-25943141/

  • 3 Captain Beefheart // Mar 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Colo always was a class act, none of our other defenders would even make the reserve team at Boca Juniors, he just took a while to adapt his game to England. Toon fans are so fixated on star No9′s, we forget it’s often the No6′s that win us more points in the end, and we all saw the difference in results when he was out of the team.

    OK, I’m old, brought up watching Bobby Moore & Franz Beckenbauer. But for me Colo is the nearest thing we have had to that type of cool defensive strategist, and our player of the season by some way. Everyone at the club has learned something from him, including Taylor and Hughton.

    I am delighted fans are starting to appreciate the guy, and I genuinely hope he stays at the club for the rest of his career. He’s the kind of player with which we can build a side with European aspirations.

  • 4 MacToon // Mar 2, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Idd Capt. Beefy.

  • 5 Robby Bobson // Mar 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    I’ve always said he is wasted in our team, he is great on the ball and we should use him more to bring the ball out of defence…look at Rio great ball playing centre back and he brings the ball out, whereas Colo just seems to lump it long to Carroll.

    Taylor and Williamson are real old style centre backs and its good to have Colo there for abit of calming influence.

  • 6 Bao Zheng // Mar 3, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    At last, thank you for that.




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