Newcastle have done well in their first two games of the season and can lift the mood on Tyneside even higher with a win at Scunthorpe on Thursday night, in the second round of the Carling Cup.
Fabricio Coloccini – in magnificent form this season – so far
We haven;t heard to much from new Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini lately, but of course he was the Man of the Match in both Newcastle’s games and he’s probably playing better now than at any time since he arrived on Tyneside in August of 2008 for just over £10M from Deportivo.
In the last thee games against Sunderland, Newcastle seemed to have Sunderland’s number, and the only time our lads didn’t win was at Sunderland last January, when the home side equalized in the third minute of added time, to get a 1-1 draw.
But Newcastle hung on well on Saturday, led by another terrific performance from the big Argentine at the back.
This is what Fabricio told the local Newcastle press today:
“It’s a big responsibility, but it’s nice to be captain.” “I like it, and I’ve enjoyed every game.” “Beating Sunderland helps put a smile on the face of the city and we want to keep it there.”
“I’m very happy. For us, it was important to get confidence as well, and it was important for the fans.” “All week when we were went out, all the people said ‘come on, we have to win’.”
“It was good – last year we won at St James’ Park, and drew there, and now we have won again.” “The game and the crowd was special. The three points were a present for the fans.”
“It’s good – we took the three points, and celebrated with them at the end.” “We know about the history. Every game with Newcastle United is important to us.”
“I don’t know what the manager has in his mind, but for us the cup’s important.”
Alan Pardew will make some changes for the Scunthorpe second round Carling Cup tie on Thursday night, but exactly how many changes he will make is not known.
But it’s clear that Mike Williamson will be given a game at the back, and he’ll pair up with Coloccini or Steven Taylor.
And maybe Tamas Kadar will come back in form the cold, if he’s fit, but we’re that Mike Williamson will want to put in a strong game at the back, because he’ll want his starting position back in the Newcastle side.
“It’s positive, but we have to keep going like this and work hard.” “We have to focus on our work.”
“I’m very happy for Ryan, because he’s a great man. He works hard every year to get opportunities, and for the last two games, he has got his opportunity, and played very well.”
Fabricio is a popular player on Tyneside, and his appointment as captain was well received, and in our poll over 93% thought it was a good appointment by the manager Alan Pardew.
Coloccini is on a massive wage on Tyneside, which is said to be in excess of £75K/week, and he has two years left on his five year contract, so whether he will get a contract extension we don’t know.
Maybe Fabricio could take a reduced wage to stay on Tyneside beyond the summer of 20013, but whatever happens we want to see Coloccini at Newcastle for at least the next two years.
The new captain is starting to show he can really play in the world’s top football league, after a difficult start during the relegation season.
And recently Pardew said that he was trying to sign up two players already at Newcastle to longer contracts. One of those has top be Danny Simpson, but perhaps the other one is Fabricio.