Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini was just determined to show he’s a Premier League class player this season, and so far he looks just exactly that, as his consistency so far has been superb.
Fab Coloccini – watch out – he’s just scored
Colo’s reaction after scoring the sensational equalizer last Saturday
The 28-year-old Argentina International had a mediocre season in his first PL season, after arriving from Deportivo la Coruna during the summer of 2008, with a huge £10.3M price-tag over his head.
But not only is the Argentine showing he may just be worth that fee, but he’s also become a massive favorite with the Newcastle fans, after his dedication to the Newcastle cause once the club was relegated last year.
Fab is probably now the official vice vice captain at the club, being third in line for the Newcastle captain’s armband, behind Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith, but since Alan doesn’t make the first team too much these days, since Cheick Tiote has arrived – Colo may wear the armband a few more times before the season is out.
And he seems to have fans among his team mates too, as central defensive partner Mike Williamson said today:
“He is one of the most laid-back players I have ever played with. His quality on the ball is just unbelievable.” “Playing alongside him is not difficult because he is a world-class player.”
“He has got everything in his game – he can head it, he can tackle, he can play. He has got the full package.”
And Chris Hughton has managed to get the very best out of Coloccini, since he took over as manager of the Newcastle club almost 16 months ago, during which time the Argentine has been a massive player for Newcastle United in the center of defense.
Chris talked about his vice vice captain today:
“He is having a wonderful season so far. Last season, he was certainly one of our better players in a good season, and what he has been able to do is take that form into this season, and it has been important.”
“With Steven Taylor being injured and having brought Sol Campbell in and seen him miss the games he has missed through being injured and with Mike Williamson in his first season in the Premier League, Fabricio has been a vital player for us, and we hope that continues.”
“I am a great believer that if you are a player who works hard enough at your game, are confident enough about your own ability and try to do all the right things, you stand in good stead to improve yourself as a player.” “He has been arguably our most consistent player this season.”
We’ve often said how delighted we are with our two Argentine players in Colo and Jonas Gutierrez, and the Newcastle fans have taken to both players, not just because they are obviously top-class players, but they seem to be dedicated completely to the Newcastle club – and we just love to see that.