Argentine Took A While To Get Used To England

Fabricio Coloccini is coming to the end of his third season on Tyneside.

Coloccini – after scoring one of this four goals for Newcastle

And after a very tough first season at Newcastle, after which the club was relegated to the English second division, Fabricio has remained on Tyneside and played very well.

Last season he become an important player for Newcastle in central defense, and he has also become very popular with the Newcastle fans, with his obvious commitment to the Tyneside club.

And Fab thinks the Premier League is a lot faster than the Spanish League, where he played at Deportivo, before joining Newcastle in a deal worth around £10.5M in August of 2009 , and he signed a lucrative five year deal .

The 29 year-old shared his views of the Premier League this morning:

“It took me a little while to get used to things,” “The first year was hard. I wasn’t really used to the English style.” “I don’t know if I would say I am a better player now, but I am certainly much more experienced in the Premier League.”

“The football is different over here and some players need six months or a year to adapt to it. I feel much better suited to English football, I certainly feel more comfortable.”

“I feel like an English defender now. I am starting to think like an English player much more. English defenders have to be different to La Liga.”

“In La Liga, you can pretty much go where you want because if you lose the ball the other team will attack slowly and you will have time to get back into position.”

“In English football, the play switches from one end to the other very quickly. La Liga is more tactical – here, your position is much more important because a safe position can be a dangerous one very quickly.”

After a month in which Newcastle have only played two matches in March, and lost both of them, Newcastle are back in action again at home to Wolves on Saturday, which starts an eight game run-in to the league.

And with Newcastle just 4 points above the 3rd bottom side, which happens to be Wolves, a win is almost imperative if the Magpies are to pull away from the relegation fight.

Fabricio continued:

“The squad has been together for three years or so now,” “A lot of players have played together and we know more about each other and how we play than two or three years ago.”

“Last year was difficult because we were in the Championship and every weekend we were watching the matches from the Premier League and wishing we were there.”

“Now, we have to enjoy the Premier League and make sure we stay in it.”

Most Newcastle fans saw yesterday the seriously negative financial impact of relegation, when the accounts for June, 2009 to June 2010 were released.

And we are hoping that will spur the players on against Wolves to get a win, which will be only the team’s second win in the last 11 games, but that will take the side to a decent 39 points.

With a win on Saturday, Newcastle will be around 3 points short of safety,  and then fans can all enjoy a summer transfer window that could be the busiest ever, since Mike Ashley bought the club almost four years ago.

Newcastle have the makings of a decent side at the moment, and if the club can get in  six new players this summer, and also keep Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, then the Magpies will have a decent chance next year of cracking the top six in the Premier League.

European competition for the Magpies may not be too far off.

We hope so anyway.

Comments always welcome.

21 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Mar 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    lol well done Ed took ur time already browsed this article on the journal!!! And the header on is far superior u need to step it up ED!! but this is a better blog!

  • toonturtle

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Nice last few comments there “Newcastle have the makings….” lets hope we get our big guns signed up!

  • Drona

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    he is proving why he’s worth 10mil. he’s kept the likes of torres, drogba, zigic, bent and many others in his back pocket. there isn’t a harder working defender in the PL than him

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    this blog certainly has the best informed posts.
    there are some idiots but generaly they add to the amusement
    I enjoy the banter and think the debate between the current camps (anti ashley v pro ashley and pro pardew v anti pardew) stimulating and informative – although the extremists usually generate more heat than light! whatever your view we will know who is right by the time next season kicks off – we could be aiming at europe or checking trains to MK Dons!

    the rumours about signings are now becoming a bit of a bore – it would be quicker to list players who we are not looking at! and instead of simply bandying names about I wish you would say who the new signing will replace and why he is better than what we have allready

    so keep it up lads – HWTL

  • Partizan

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Give me your best line up against the Wolves

  • daneevz

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6


  • Stuart

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Switch Ryan Taylor with Steven and switch Strolla with Ranger and I’d go with that like.

  • Selbymag

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Class act Colo, best centre half we have had for years apart from woodgate. Another player who should stay long term.

  • Partizan

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Daneevz..I like that one,you know why??

    Most of the people here dont know that Colo was a anchor man in Deportivo,,,,well,,most of the times,especially when they were playing away.

    But against the Wolves its all or nothing my friend



  • Stuart

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Partizan, you want to drop one of our best players of the season, Barton, for Ireland?

    I’m all for giving him his chance to shine, but I reckon thats coming at around 60mins coming on for Nolan.

  • Partizan

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart…I didnt drop him,i only moved him to CM where he’s natural position is

  • Partizan

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12


  • Stuart

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh yeah, couldnt see for looking haha, sorry.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    quote “Newcastle have the makings of a decent side at the moment, and if the club can get in six new players this summer, and also keep Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, then the Magpies will have a decent chance next year of cracking the top six in the Premier League.”

    yes, I agree with the concensus that we need 6 new players – and that the remaining 5 of our 1st 11 can be the core of a decent side
    but if we loose enrique – we’re down to 4
    and loose barton – we’re down to 3
    so we could need 8 new players with the quality to step into the 1st 11

    there is no way we are going to buy 8 – so it looks like 4 freebies and 4 for about £10m each and in the last week we have been linked with 8 decent players who fit this profile
    the problem is that so many will take time to gel and we will have to be patient – a quality that is thin on the ground at the moment

    we live in interesting times

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Partizan – looks about the best we can do, but what exactly is Ireland’s role? midfield or replacing barton on right wing? I just think that the simpson-barton link up on the right is too good to loose

  • daneevz

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    s.ireland wont start to protect him! @ Stuart RTaylor still banned. i believe my team is the one we’ll play.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    its just that I think the balance of jose-jonas on the left and simpson-barton on the right (although not as good) is too good to loose

  • Stuart

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18


    You have Ryan Taylor in your lineup, I’m guessing you mean Steven Taylor though.

  • cheikmate

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    So is Ireland fit to play on saturday ? Bit unlucky for guthrie i guess but am looking forward to see ireland in a toon shirt!

    Some good news from bbc today that were goin to start contract talks with enrique:

  • cheikmate

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, theres also a good link on at the bottom of the bbc link a just posted about michael richardson. Here it is:


    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    If we are looking at players to sign again:

    It was reported last week that Roy Berends is going to be looking for another club come the summer! He,s at SC Herenveen at the moment and at 23 yrs old would definitely be worth a look!


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