One Newcastle player who has grown in stature at Newcastle throughout the season is Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini.
Fabricio Coloccini – we hope he gets into the Argentine squad
Fabricio arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 2008 when Kevin Keegan was managing the club, but it seemed it was Dennis Wise who brought the player to Newcastle for over £10M.
While he started his career on Tyneside well, his form went off as the club got into trouble both on and off the field, and he was one of the players we slammed last summer after the Newcastle club was relegated.
But his form this year, coupled with his fight and spirit have forced us to take all that criticism back, and we have gladly done that.
Fabricio has proved himself not only loyal to the Newcastle club, but he is now a definite fan favorite on Tyneside, along with his brilliant Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez.
While Fabricio was in the Argentine squads earlier in the season, he has been omitted form recent squads chosen by Diego Maradona, and the odds seem now against the center-back making it to South Africa for the World Cup in the summer.
However, Fabricio is still hopeful he can be selected, as he told the Sunday Sun today:
“It will be difficult, but I have never lost hope,”
“The first thing I needed to do was make things right for my club, and luckily, I have fulfilled the objectives that I set out for this season with Newcastle.”
“That was down to the group of players here more than any individual, but I am happy and very calm about how I have been playing.”
“What comes next, who knows? It’s everyone’s dream to play at a World Cup. If I can play in this one and help my country, what could be more proud?”
“I am a proud Argentinian and I will make myself available for the international team until the day I die. “But obviously, my aim now is to play in this World Cup.”
The 6′ Cordoba-born player has represented his country 33 times with one goal, and he has now appeared for Newcastle 75 times with two goals.
We think Fabricio making it to the World Cup in South Africa in June will be just reward for a great season at Newcastle, and all the positive publicity around the world for Newcastle in the latter part of this season, has to be a help to his inclusion.
Coloccini has been the bed-rock of the Newcastle defense this season, and whatever happens at Newcastle in the future for Coloccini, we’ll never forget that.