Hughton has been impressed with Fabricio Coloccini’s start to his second Premier League season at Newcastle.
Coloccini with Newcastle manager Chris Hughton – promotion is ours!
Certainly the Argentine international seems to have greatly benefited from a year down in the Championship, and he is now much better prepared to match the very physical nature of football in England.
Fabricio struggled a little in his first season in English football following his £10.3M move from Deportivo La Coruña, and of course the wheels came off the Newcastle club that season, and we were relegated from the PL for the very first time.
Coloccini’s excellent form this season, coupled with Mike Williamson looking so good, will likely mean that new boy Sol Campbell will have to take a seat on the bench against Blackpool on Saturday.
Sol did get a good 60 minutes of football in last night, when the Reserves drew 2-2 with Liverpool at Whitley Park.
Newcastle manager Hughton talked about Coloccini today:
“Fabricio was outstanding last year and a very important player for us. He has got used to English football and the challenges it brings and it is good for him to be able to show his quality in the Premier League.”
“I thought the two center-backs stood up really well to a tough test as Wolves. They had a real go at us, with a lot of long balls into the area.”
“And the two centre-backs stood up to that. It has been an encouraging start, but they will have plenty more tough tests to come.”
With Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell, Steven Taylor and Kadar now at the club, it’s a long time since Newcastle has been so strong at center-back.
There will be some good players on the bench once Taylor and Campbell return to the fray, that’s for sure.