Fabricio Coloccini had a very tough first season on Tyneside, after he joined the club in August of 2009.
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And of course that season ended in relegation and quite a few Newcastle fans at the time questioned if he was worth the £10.3M Newcastle paid Deportivo for the Argentine Intentional, and of course Newcastle were also relegated after his first season in May of 2009.
But in the last couple of seasons Colo has been one of Newcastle’s best players, and that culminated with the Argentine being appointed the new Newcastle captain earlier this month, after Kevin Nolan left the club in June and elected to go to second division West Ham for the five year contract he craved.
Coloccini says he will not be as loud as Kevin was in the dressing room, but he knows how to lead men.
Newcastle flew to Kansas City yesterday for a three games and 10 day tour of America, and today, Fabricio talked about being appointed the Newcastle manager:
“It was a surprise to be appointed captain because there are a lot of big players here.”
“The club has a lot of leaders and I am sure the manager could have chosen any of them to be captain. That’s why it’s a surprise he picked me, but I’m really, really happy to have been chosen.”
“This is the first time I have ever been a captain. I spoke with my English teacher last week because I have to start my lessons again.”
“I left my course last year because my English had improved to a certain level, but now I am the captain, I think it needs to be even better.”
“It is my responsibility to improve. Now I am the captain I will have a lot more speaking to do and I want to be able to do that properly.”
“In Spain the captain is normally the player who has been at the club for the most years. That is how most Spanish clubs choose their captain.”
“Being a captain in England is different. It is a much bigger responsibility and I am ready for that. The fans and the press give the captain more importance and you are seen as much more of a figurehead.”
Coloccini has become a firm fan favorite on Tyneside, and in our poll for captain earlier in the summer, he received 31% of the vote and was only behind local lad Steven Taylor, who got 36% of the vote.
But there is still a question as to whether Steven can regain his first team place at Newcastle, and that maybe that was one reason Fabricio got the job from manager Alan Pardew.
But in our poll asking if Coloccini was a good choice as captain after he had been appointed, a whopping 93% thought he was a good choice, and so it seems manager Alan Pardew made an excellent choice.
Fabricio needs to also show his best form throughout the coming season, and of he can do that he’ll not go too far wrong.
We think Coloccini will make a fine captain for Newcastle, and wish him all the very best for next season.