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.
“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.
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