We Were So Wrong About Fabricio Coloccini

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!!

23 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    We need to get him on the ball more as hes great on the ball and get him to bring it out of defence instead of hoofing it to the big man. If we had Guthrie in the middle he would make space and make himself available for Colo to pick him out but with Smith and nolan it just seems go up the flanks or hoof it to the big man.

    Regarding him at the club, hes either a honest lad who just got written off as another foreign money grabbing flop or he has read the book of “things to say” to journalists. After watching highlights of the first game of the season i think its the former, there a clip of him getting done by luke moore and after it he was shouting and looked really pissed off at himself, which i thought fair play!

  • AlanSmith.

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    ive been impressed with coloccini this season saying that i thought for the first 1/3rd of last season he was brilliant. one player doesnt make the team last season players like owen, cacapa unsettled us as well as the managerial merry-go-round.. this season there is stability and players who hungry for success guthrie, simpson, enrique are all stepping up to the plate, i have to admit i thought as the season went on we’d fade and maybe finish 2nd or 3rd.. but because of the success of the transfer window, the lads we bought in have freshened up the squad and im now confident we’ll win the league and hit over the 100 points mark. the team looks to have a good spine to it now.. with harper, colo, willo, smith, guthrie/nolan/[barton] and carroll and mcloven up top. players like routledge and jonas make the midfield that much stronger and jose and simpson provide the link between defence and midfield. also having squad players like r.taylor, ranger who can come off the bench and make a difference have made this seasons squad one of the best [if not technically, mentally] squads wevehad since sir bobby. if – sorry WHEN we get promoted id look for butt to retire or move on shola/best to go and more hungry players in the mould of williamson/guthrie/routledge to be bought in, if this happens i have no doubt we’ll be safe next season and would expect us to finish 8-13 next season. ive always had mixed feelings about mike ashley. having met him before all the trouble started i thought he was a nice man, with the best interests of the club at heart. the trouble made me think twice but after this season im beginning to believe made it was what was needed to sort this club out. give credit where credits due, mike has supported this club and chris to the best of his ability and the 5-7 year plan he talked about is starting to look like it could yet come true bearing in mind we are only 3 years into it!

  • chuck

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Who is “WE” Ed., think you mean “I”dont you?
    Allways thought he could play, like Enrique takes a while to get to grips with the style of football played in the UK.
    Looks like both are in with the rivets now and getting the praise they deserve.

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Alan – it will be important to strengthen the side in the summer – but if we do that we could well have a decent season – which is all we want for the first season back. Then we’ll need to push on from that.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #5

    A mate of mine is a season ticket holder at Watford he told me that Collocini along with Jonas was the best player on the park & oozed class. My only worry is, is he string enough for the PL which we all hope & pray we will get back to next season

  • Ericles

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Colo and Enrique are much more settled into British soccer now. It shows and I am sure we will have them with us for the Premiership campaign next season. As the spaceman said to me “Make it so”.

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    In recent years most Argentine imports take about a year to settle into the English game (veron / heinze for instance) or certainly a stinker of a first season. I am hoping Colo falls into that bracket, as assuming we go up next season I would like to see Colo playing in the centre in the Prem again, so he can show the world he is not a flop, and is indeed a class defender.

  • AlanSmith.

    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed i totally agree ill be happy with anything above the relegation zone next season we just need to consolidate.. but if we have another transfer window like january im saying we could easily get around that mid table that would be classed as an extremely successful season!

  • boater

    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Robby Bobson – you said a rude word mate innit.

    The main difference is how we defend as a team now, Collocini was hardly the first big name defender to find his reputation nose-dive, after being left isolated by the rest of the team and left looking like a good defender turned bad defender overnight. This is even more significant than the drop in division for me.
    Gotta love the boy now.

  • jstone415

    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes Colo has improved greatly from last season but his test will truly come next season in the prem. He has this season shown glimpses of last seasons form and has been completely useless. For example Derby home. Hopefully his form will keep improving and he can prove himself a capable Premiership defender in the future.

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    jstone415 – beat me to it mate. I hope he keeps his good form going. Looks good this season, but the speed of premiership play made him look like a mug last season.

  • SirAlan

    Mar 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Coloccini is playing his football in the “CHAMPIONSHIP” a massive drop in class from the PREM, i cannot believe the shite i read on here at times..

  • Bosck

    Mar 5, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    SirAlan, you describing your own post then?

    and chuck ed has always written his posts using “we” instead of “i” so yes he did mean he had made a mistake about colo rather than everyone, tho i have to admit i had my doubts!!

    sir alan, yes average players can look good in the championship but only top players will show a touch of class at the same time which colo has throughout this season. the main concern with fc in the premiership was his physicallity and speed, if the first was any problem he wouldnt have lasted in the championship, and he has shown he has the technical ability and positioning to account for faster strikers, stop being so quick to shoot people down.

    until we are playing again in the premiership we will not know whether the ability players are showing is the level they are playing at or not so stop being so negative!!

  • SirAlan

    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Bosck “top players ” youre calling Coloccini a TOP PLAYER….obviously youv’e seen somthing in coloccini that most managers in the Prem and Europe have missed, why do you think hes playing at Newcastle ? its because hes average @ best….you clown

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #15

    @SirAlan, he is a regular in the Argentine international squad, and a quick peep at the current world rankings will tell you that they aint bad. If you can’t see this, I suggest you get yourself a ticket for the Falcons, cos football aint your sport.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I think he had a rough first season but is proving himself to be a good and decent defender. Of course he will have a much bigger test next year and I can completely understand that he wont go to the world cup. I dont see anyone talking about sending championship players to the world cup to represent England.

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #17

    He may still go to the world cup yet Charlietoon, after all, their cheating, cross dressing manager is still partial to the old ‘dusty showbiz’. As for championship defenders representing England, most of the English defenders in the Championship could be no worse than Upson on Wednesday surely?

  • SirAlan

    Mar 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #18

    G… hes not a top class player, prove otherwise or you get ya self a Mackems season ticket…clown…Does the G stand for Geek ?

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #19

    No, it’s the initial to my real name, seeing as I am not immature enough to base my user name around basking in reflected glory like some attention deficit disorder suffering teenage spotty wimp who likes to talk like a big man on a footy thread when he clearly knows nothing about the sport. Go and do your homework then jog on son.

  • BruneiToooN

    Mar 6, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #20

    at first i think collocini was going to be the next marcelinho…but i m suprise that he stay with us in the championship. Even make me suprise that he did well and didnt move during the january transfer window…

    maybe playing at the championship will teach him better when we r promoted to the premierleague.

  • Doha Mag

    Mar 6, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Colo has done well this season but remember, it is the Championship and not the Premier League where we will be playing our footie next season.

    Another three points for the boys today, and hopefully WBA and Forest drop a few points…..

  • SirAlan

    Mar 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    G… for you to claim Coliccini is TOP CLASS says it all about youre Knowledge of football “Son”..i bet you where touting “Jean Alain Boumsong ” for the french national team also, ….Clown

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah, don’t pile a heap on the lad’s shoulders. He’s done well and deserves praise, but this is only the Championship. Its unfair and not helpful to bury our own players under a cartload of expectation. Name the world-class centreforwards Colo’s been pitted against this season…….
    Ease back a bit, eh?


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