There’s no doubt that Fabricio Coloccini loves to score goals for Newcastle.
Fab Coloccini – after he has just scored!
Fab has four goals so far in his 108 appearances for the Newcastle club, and if the manager stops him from going up for a corner, he’s not going to be too happy.
That happened shortly before half time on Saturday, and Alan Pardew says he could see that Coloccini was upset with that decision.
Coloccini has shown some real skills at Newcastle, since arriving from Deportivo in August of 2008 for around £10.4M, and he set up Newcastle’s third goal on 50 minutes on Saturday.
With a wiggle of his hips, he skipped past one Wolves player, and then beautifully put Joey Barton away down the right wing, with Joey crossing the ball for Peter Lovenkrands to score an easy goal for the Magpies and put the lads 3-0 up.
This is what Alan Pardew admitted today:
“I upset Coloccini before half-time, because he wanted to go up for a set play and I asked him to stay back,”
“I might have to upset him a bit more, because he was absolutely different class in the second half. He’s a top, top player.”
We had thought last week that Coloccini may have been used in defensive midfield, in place of Tiote, and that Steven Taylor could have been brought in at center-back.
That didn’t happen and instead Danny Guthrie came in, and gave a good solid no-nonsense display in place of the suspended Cheick Tiote.
But it seems that Pardew has thought about using Coloccini’s capabilities more upfield, but that has to be a possible experiment later in the season, and only once Newcastle are safe for the season.
Coloccini has played defensive midfield before in his career, but for now the Argentina international will be at the back in central defense, alongside the reliable Mike Williamson.
“I think, somewhere down the line, that might be a useful tool for us when we’re a stronger side and teams start giving us respect and camping in.”
“We don’t really get that. Teams come here and try and win.”
“Hopefully, teams will come here and try to shut up shop, and when they do that, that feature Colo has of stepping out and having that quality might be a good feature for us.”
There’s no reason why Newcastle, with another top performance this coming Sunday, cannot capture all 3 points at Villa Park, and that would surely make the club safe in the Premier League with 42 points on the board.
Newcastle could be just 90 minutes away from safety, and we have to hope that the lads will go out for the win against a team who are not too solid in defense this season.