We blasted Fabricio Coloccini no end during last summer, because we thought he was just one of the players who wasn’t showing the commitment necessary at Newcastle.
Coloccini – after scoring at Watford last Saturday
At the time we were also disappointed and depressed that the club had been relegated.
But we were wrong, plain and simple, because Fabricio has been a star man on Tyneside this year, with some solid and spectacular games at the back for the Magpies.
You just have to look at the Argentine’s face in the photo above, to see what it means to the man to score a goal for the Newcastle club, and yes, we are hoping he gets his due rewards and is included in the Argentine squad for the upcoming World Cup this summer.
There’s not many Newcastle fans who would say he doesn’t deserve that – given his tremendous play for Newcastle so far this season.
And Fabricio is just one of the reasons the lads have now had 19 clean sheets so far this season.
We were big fans of the Argentine before he ever arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2008, and he’s starting to look like the player we thought we had signed.
Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m feeling good, and I have confidence on the pitch.” “I’m happy because now because the team’s playing well.”
“When we can play football, we play football and that’s what we’ll be trying to do against Barnsley.
“I’m sure they will be keen to do well at a big ground but we have to just stick to our game.”
“I want to score more goals, but first I must think about defence, and clean sheets.
“If I can help the team score, it’s good.” “Every player gets a lot of delight out of scoring goals – even defenders!”
Colo would love to score a goal at St. James’ Park, and maybe it will come as early as tomorrow, and we’d love to see his reaction of he does get a home goal.
The Argentine International also talked about how difficult the pitch was last week at Watford and how the lads think they can win every game:
“We couldn’t play football at Watford because of the pitch, but we were strong.”
“Barnsley are a good team, but we are playing with confidence at St James’ Park.”
“We believe we can win every game – home and away.”
We look to Coloccini to put in another confident and steady display tomorrow at the center of our defense, as we are hoping the lads can extend their winning streak to 4 games.
If they can do that there’ll be many thousands of happy Newcastle fans around the world tomorrow night.
Howay The Lads!!