One of the things that’s always great to see at Newcastle, are players who love to play for the famous black and whites.
Fab Coloccini – molested by Newcastle players after scoring great goal
And one of those players is Argentine center-back Fab Coloccini, who has been in sparkling form over the last several games for Newcastle United, and put in another immaculate display on Saturday afternoon, against top side Spurs.
Oh, yes, and he also scored Newcastle’s goal with a wonderful piece of technique, when he shot home in one movement, having skilfully evaded Alan Hutton, who now seems back to his best.
And it was Coloccini’s 100th appearance for the Geordies, and he was 29 years old on Saturday too – so a wonderful goal was so fitting, it’s just a pity it wasn’t the winner.
But enough of this negativity. 😀
What a terrific player this lad has looked this year – and even at Stevenage he worked his socks off in that terrible loss – and Fab turned up for the game – unlike some other Newcastle players that day.
Sorry to bring Stevenage up this Monday morning.
Pardew talked about Fabricio this morning:
“He was brilliant. He is a smiley guy, comes in, does his work and he is one of the latest to leave the training ground every day.”
“He has not really got an offensive word to say to anyone, he gives everyone support and to be a senior international that he is, from what I have seen he was very unlucky to miss out on the World Cup.”
“He was outstanding against a team like Tottenham who pay all that money for their players, I thought he was the best player on the pitch. I can only go on what I see and I have had some good center-halves in my time, and he is right there up with the top group.”
“He is different. He has a controlled way about him. He is probably the most calm center half I have had and I like calm center halves. I am pleased about that.”
Good words from Alan, and we have to think he’s been both surprised and delighted at some of the excellent players he has inherited at Newcastle, not to mention the tremendous team spirit that exists at the club.
And the man himself has said he is both surprised and humbled to hear such a glowing endorsement from his new manager.
This is what the cult hero said this morning:
“It was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored, it was certainly different. I normally score a header or a simple push over the line. It was a great moment for me.”
“The reaction of the fans was amazing. To have 50,000 people singing a song about me is unbelievable.” “I’m not from this country, my family are in Argentina, but I feel the love of the fans. I feel really good here. It is the best I’ve felt in my career. It was my birthday and that was the perfect present.”
“I am really pleased to hear what the manager has said. I am calm, I’m quite quiet really, but sometimes you need to be like that as a defender. I like to try and anticipate what is going to happen in the game.”
“For the manager to describe me as one of the best defenders he has worked with is good. He has a lot of experience and he watches a lot of center-backs, so I’m proud to hear that.”
After Coloccini’s first season, many Newcastle fans were doubtful whether Coloccini was a good £10M signing from Spanish club Deportivo, but we noticed their fans at the time were very upset about him leaving – and that’s always a good sign.
But since Newcastle were relegated 18 months ago, he’s been one of the star players at Newcastle, and he’s such a great guy too, it’s hard not to love this Argie.
He’s becoming a cult hero on Tyneside – and long may it continue!