Coloccini – Williamson Partnership Looking Very Good

Fabricio Coloccini had a tough time in his first season at Newcastle, but this season he has looked much more comfortable playing in England’s top flight.

Fab Coloccini – played very well for Newcastle this season

And Coloccini was one of Newcastle’s main men last season, in getting the side instant promotion, and he played just great for the Magpies, and showed his undoubted class.

And Fab has improved from his first season on Tyneside, and is starting to form an excellent central defensive partnership with Mike Williamson, as the pair of them seem to have a good understanding at the heart of the Newcastle defense.

Alan Pardew talked about the Argentine International today:

“He’s a cool customer, quick, intelligent and has the ability to read the game,” “I like his calmness and how he’s comfortable on the ball.”

“He played that central midfield role for us at Villa and was comfortable in possession and you can’t do that with many center halves,”

“But his best position is center-half and I’ve been very impressed with him.”

And his central defensive partner Mike Williamson, who is still managing to keep local lad Steven Taylor out of the side, has also talked about the Argentine today, and has only some glowing things to say about the 29 year-old, both as a player and as a a person:

This is what Mike said today:

“He’s a brilliant footballer,” “To play with somebody of his talent is fantastic. It’s a joy to play alongside him. It’s amazing the ability he’s got. He’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.”

“He’s very warm and welcoming and makes you feel part of it. Everyone knows his English isn’t as fluent as most of the other lads, but he’s a really nice guy, family-orientated.”  “Everyone has got their own friends and family, so we don’t spend a lot of time together away from the training ground.”

“He’s got his own family – two young children, so he’s got his hands full – but when we’re all in each other’s company, we get on very well.” He’s a very cultured player, very laid back. He’s very good on the ball. “

Both Mike and Fabricio are two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet, and we hope they show the same form this afternoon against Blackpool, that they showed in keeping a clean sheet against the might of Manchester United on Tuesday night.

If that happens, Newcastle will have every chance of moving onto 43 points after today’s game at Bloomfield Road – a win. 😀

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • andre29

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Blackpool FC vs. Newcastle United watch online on

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    My Fav centre half in the past 15 years.

  • terencelim

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s like having a Jonathan Woodgate without injury.

  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I do think our CB’s work really well together .. well player Collo and Willo .. I think with a defensive midfielder like Tiote they have proved they can do it at the top ..
    only down side is pace ..but reading of each other and the game is top drawer .. also willos gets his foot in really well, al la Tony adams

  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Geordie-Gerrard7 .. agreed he can defend and play the ball out from defense really well

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    He does lack some pace and Willo lacks rection time but as Sweendog says with Tiote in front of them they are a good partnership.

    Off the point but Marcel Desailly said on the PL show yesterday that when he played PL football with Chelsea that St.James Park was one of the best experiences to play at.
    Fantastic fans and noise he said.
    Hope some french players are listening to the former captain

  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    They do have a good partnership.
    Colo is class.
    Willo scares me sometimes.
    Holding shirts and pushing players. He’s been lucky a few times this season. He’s been caught on camera but the refs have missed it.

    Willo’s been close to getting a goal a few times lately, perhaps today’s the day?


  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8


    Not a Titus fan then?

  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    geoff777 🙂 .. titus shambles .. isn’t agent shambles currently with Sunderland ..

  • DrunkenSteve

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10


    I am traveling today so will be listening to the match on the radio.

    I would be grateful if a kindly blogger could let me know which station(s)/frequencies are best to get full coverage? (Should be in th north west by kick off)

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Willo or Taylor ? I say willo

  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    I believe so … crocked until next season …

    Shame, they are a much worse team with him playing. 🙂

  • youngtoonfan

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    What’re peope’s teams for Blackpool? We’ve got quite a few options in the midfield now that Ireland and Nolan are back this match.

  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Enrique
    Barton – Tiote – Nolan – Jonas
    Ameobi – Lovenkrands

    Ireland for Lover 60-65 mins
    Ranger for Ameobi 70-75 mins

  • mark9403newcastle

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Collo has had a fantastic season, a defender who reads the game as well him is invaluable. And Williamson had a fantastic game against Man Utd but i still dont think he is the strongest partner for Collo. Williamson is a good buy at £1m but i would still invest in a big strong defender who can head the ball, were always the weakest when we concede set pieces (I said we’d concede to Aston Villa like this) plus we seem to struggle against the stronger more physical teams like Stoke and Bolton, not sure who I’d buy personally but thats my opinion for future positions to strengthen!!

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Good links for the match


    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads I know were trying to be hopeful but let’s be honest Williamson has the odd good game but mostly he is poor and after one good season in the championship people think Colloccini is Vidic!!!!to be honest I prefer Taylor !!!!if we want to do well next year the first thing we need to buy is 2 centre halfs

  • mashearer

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    its not just during championship season..this season except few odd games collocini has been excellent for us ..and willo i think he keeps getting better the more he plays

  • arfa chance

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Collo has adjusted tongue English game and is quality now, and works well with Willo as he reads the game very well and mops up

  • nufc_123

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    @Geordie-Gerrard7, definitely a top class player, but personally I prefer Albert in terms of the last 15 years

  • P.I.

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Haven’t blooged for ages but i’m constatanly reading the updates on my iphone. Cheers Ed, your optimistic views help get me through the day at work. Im sure im not the only one.
    Anyway, I have to agree with mark9403newcastle regarding the centre half partnership.
    Colloccini has come on loads this season, he’s found his feet and looked comfortable for the most part, which is to be expected from an Argentinian international lets be honest.
    As for Williamson he’s been a bargain for £1m but he’s the kind of player who lacks a bit of pace, is sometimes a bit clumsy.
    In my opinion he’s fine if we want to remain as a mid-table team and we could have him playing in the side for a good few years and im sure he’d perform admirably, but for us to push on into the top half regularly and look to challenge the European places I personally think we need to look to bring in a more accomplished partner for Colloccini.
    There’s bound to be someone in Europe who we could bring in. Look at Haageland at Fulham who they signed for peanuts. He’s very physical and would be an ideal partner.
    If we were to bring someone like him in I wouldnt be too bothered about losing Steve Taylor. He’s decent but I dont see him improving drastically while at Newcastle.
    Williamson looks more impressive and Taylor would for some reason fetch more cash if sold.

  • nodrog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFCSTEVE. You are an absolute plonker. Williamson is far superior and safer than yhay numpty Taylor.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 23, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Can we try playing Staylor at right back. He can atack better by bring the ball up.

    But of course, his defence is less effective then Simo


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