We heard that Alan Pardew was a good motivator when he first arrived on Tyneside, to replace the very well liked Chris Hughton, and everything Alan’s done since then suggests he already has his players firmly behind him.
Fab Coloccini - has done very well since his return
Tomorrow’s game against Wigan is important, and with the young Andy Carroll missing that game, Alan Pardew will have to use all his motivational skills to ensure Newcastle put in a top performance.
And with Newcastle conceding 15 goals in their last 6 games, since the 0-0 draw at home to Fulham, there is concern that Newcastle leak far too many goals this season.
In their 19 league games so far this season, Newcastle have conceded 31 goals, and three more than they have scored.
But it seems that Alan Pardew has quickly become a fan of Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini, who of course is a big favorite on Tyneside.
Pardew has been pleased with Coloccini’s impact on the defense since he came in against Man City, after serving his three game ban for being sent off in the disaster at Bolton Wanderers.
This is what Alan said today about the 34 times capped Argentine:
“He’s a top player and the back four did very, very well at Tottenham,” “They were a bit unfortunate – it was a deflection for the first goal.”
“We gifted two goals against Manchester City when we put the ball at risk, but that’s something we talked about when I arrived,”
“There are elements we have to cut out of our game but, as far as Fabricio is concerned, I think he’s done very well.”
Certainly both Coloccini and Steven Taylor have looked good in the last two games for Newcastle, and the defense has generally looked well organized.
But for some pundits, Coloccini still has to prove he is real PL class player, and he should get plenty of chances to do just that this season.
And let’s not forget Mike Williamson, who is currently on the sidelines but is also a good player, and we would expect Mike to get back into the side at some stage this season.