Hughton – It’s Now Up To Coloccini To Show What He Can Do

Fabricio Coloccini had a difficult season in the Premier League when he signed from Deportivo for around £10.5M in August of 2008.

Coloccini – wonder who just scored?

But last season Coloccini was great in England’s second division, and has another year under his belt in the physical football leagues of England.

That should stand him in good stead for next season, and manager Chris Hughton seems to think that both Fabricio and Jose Enrique will be up for the game tonight, as he said today:

“I think they will all be up for it, not just Colo and Xisco, but going there will mean something to Jose Enrique as well.”

“It’ll be a good moment for them to be back in Spain. It’ll give them the opportunity to see some old faces and so on.”

“That’s the nice bit, but the most important bit is getting the result we need and coming through the game having taken something from it.”

“It’s another step nearer the first game at Man United.”

Coloccini has become a bit of a folk hero on Tyneside, and he certainly showed some commitment last season, as he could so easily have left Newcastle in the lurch, like other players did last summer.

And most fans will be hoping Fabricio will be much better prepared for life back in the PL than he was two years ago.

Chris continued:

“Colo had a very, very good season, along with the other players. It’s important he carries that form into the Premier League season.”

“He was a foreign player coming to England two years ago, and the settling-in period is never easy.” “But now it’s about him and the other players maintaining the form that they showed last season.”

Colo will be playing against his old club tonight as Newcastle play for the Trofeo Teresa Herrera.

Colo had a solid game alongside Mike Williamson on Saturday, and this pairing will probably start our first game against the Red Devils in just under two weeks time,  with Steven Taylor injured and out for 3 months, and Sol Campbell not fit enough for that first game.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • ollynufc180

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    i am a big fan of colo’s and really do like him and they way he plays…………

    reads the game superbly,,.,,,,superbly calm and unwasteful on the ball……..

    i also think the fact that he’s stayd with us and been so committed and enthusiastic of things in the tough times of late shows he’s a top bloke and someone who i’d be abolutley made up for him if he proved his doubters wrong in the PL

    well i’m behind him and after his committed displays and attitude all of last season i am sure the whole toon army will be 😉

  • Tom Mo.

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    agree olly but who wouldnt stay on when theyre making like 60k a week. There’s a lot worse things I would do for that kind of money.

  • slazberger

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    on the radio last night about 1h 38min in they start talking about newcastle if anyone wants to listen

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    thanks slazberger

    But, is it talking about Newcastle?

  • james19

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Hey guys,followed this site for ages, just wondering if there are any links to watch the game tonight? cheers

  • slazberger

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah as i say about 1hour38min in to the show

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Now it is thanks m8

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t think Colo is suited to the premiership…can’t trust him to win vital headers in the box, gets pulled outta position too often without having the pace to recover…doesn’t really have the heart for it when the chips are down…major weak link in our team at the heart of the defence.

  • callie9

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I kind of agree Shot Bru. It’s a shame because I truely think he’s a quality player, and one of our better players too. I just don’t think he’d be able to contain the physicality of the likes of Drogba…Then again not many can. I think he’d be a good PL DM though, class on the ball, reads the play well and a good defender.

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10


    Fabricio Coloccini played as a Defensive Midfielder just ahead of the defense for Deportivo when we bought him.

  • MacToon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Slaz for the link and worth a listen even though there’s some bo££0ck$ said about Newcastle!

    So Sir Les didn’t want to give up the no.9 shirt really! lol

    STaylor might go on loan when recovered and might not even be in the first 25 named players! ummm interesting because (under 21’s aside) I’m finding it hard to come up with a 25 man sqaud atm.

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Apologies callie9 for being so negative about colo…i agree with you that he reads the game well…as well as anyone in our team and would possibly be effective as a DM, but the coaching staff are probably relying on his CD capabilities this season to not only deal with the likes of Drogba but also Davies, Beattie, Zamora, Saha et al. I just reckon he’ll get battered outta sight again this season unfortunately.

  • slazberger

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #13

    yeah i got the impression ferdinand is still a little bitter about it.


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