Fabricio Coloccini is becoming a bit of a folk hero on Tyneside this season, and the Argentine center-back, with the big hair, has talked today to the Newcastle Journal.
Fabricio Coloccini – has been great this season for Newcastle
Fabricio is still learning English and of course his studies were interrupted last season by then manager Joe Kinnear who kept using words in the dressing room that Fabricio didn’t learn in the classroom. 😀
That’s when his friend Jonas Gutierrez had to translate, and the words usually came when the lads had not done particularly well on the field of play.
Coloccini was interviewed today and answered with the help of an interpreter:
“People have said nice things about me this season.”“People have told me about good things in the press, although I do not read them. The manager has been complimentary, and the fans as well.”
“That is the most important thing. I can feel the affection the supporters have towards me and it means so much to me.”
“I realize from the fans, their reaction, that I am doing well and they are pleased with me.”
“I had no idea there was a song about me. Someone told me there was, but I don’t know what the words are.”
“Maybe that is a good thing. When you are playing you are concentrating on the game, but I am so happy they sing about me.”
“I don’t think that has ever happened to me before in my career. It makes me very happy and proud to know that.”
“It is a special feeling. It makes me feel very satisfied.” “It gives me a lot of confidence.” Like many foreign defenders, Coloccini initially struggled to adapt to English football.”
Coloccini did not play particularly well last season, his first in English football, but last season was also the worst at Newcastle for many many years, as the team, on a £74M a year wage bill, were still relegated from the Premier League for the very first time in their history.
Newcastle’s £10.6M signing from Deportivo La Coruna in Spain looked like another expensive mistake in the transfer market by the Tyneside club, and we’ve made far too many of those over the last 15 years or so.
But Fabricio has also played so well this season, as he gets more used to the physical nature of play in English football, and seems so dedicated to the Newcastle cause.
He’s been a rock at the center of Newcastle’s defense this season.
Yes, he earns an awful lot of money on Tyneside, said to be around £75K a week, so we should expect some good play from the Cordoba-born 28 year-old.
We expected Coloccini last summer to want to remain on Tyneside if no club came in for him, if only for the money, but the way the Argentine has played this season, lots of Newcastle fans have taken to the charismatic player.
“If an offer came from La Liga in the summer I would want to stay at Newcastle. Hopefully in the Premier League.”
“I am very happy and settled here, and so is my family. I am very pleased with how things are going.”
“The language barrier is less. My English is better, I can shout at people now and tell them what to do.”
“My form is not down to the fact my English is better, it is just because I am better suited to English football after nearly two seasons at Newcastle. The more I have played the better I have become.”
“The team is also playing well and that is a big help for a defender.” “Even in the Championship, which is even more physical and direct than the Premier League, I can deal with it.”
“I have put on three kilograms in the gym, lifting weights. I had to get stronger. The game is very different in Spain, it is slower and less physical.”
“I had to build up my strength to adapt. I am used to it now and I like it. I had three good years at La Coruna and I was happy there, but I have never been happier than I am now as a Newcastle United player.”
“This season has been especially good, the team spirit and the results on the pitch.” “It has been better this year, everything is settled. This is a peak in my career.”
Coloccini wants to get Newcastle back in the Premier League and we must say, we’ve been a little surprised by his commitment this season to the Newcastle cause.
Fabricio wants to be back in the Premier League and, after last season’s mediocre season he will want to prove to all, including himself, that he is indeed good enough to be a star in the Premier League.
Not too may would now bet against him doing just that next season, if Newcastle get that all important promotion back to where they belong – the Premier League.