We haven’t heard too much recently from Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Fabricio Coloccini – Barton was easy to get on with
But the Argentine has made an excellent start to the season, and he seems to be forming a very good solid central defensive partnership with local lad Steven Taylor.
And Coloccini has been taking extra English lessons, and his English has improved, and that will help him better fulfill his duties as new Newcastle captain, as he will be giving a lot more interviews than before.
Coloccini has talked today about Joey Barton leaving, and says Joey was always an easy man to get on with:
“Joey was a very good team-mate. He was not a difficult man to work with – in fact, sometimes you need some players like that with character,”
“When we are on the pitch we need players with character, players who want to go and win. Maybe you need players like that when you are battling against adversity.”
“He always showed his character then, which is good. Sometimes when we did not have good times at the club or we were near the relegation, we needed that kind of player. Now it is up to those left to do that.”
“Of course the dressing room is different without Joey. A lot of players have different styles. Some are quieter, some are like Joey with strong spirit. But it’s normal, a lot of dressing rooms are like that.”
“Other players show themselves and their character in different ways. Joey was louder, maybe. But those differences are the same in all changing rooms.”
“I know I am the leader. But it is no more pressure because these players have gone – I felt pressure from the moment I signed,”
“For me it is so important to have the relationship I have with the supporters. I’m so proud of it.” “When I bring my family over, it is a proud moment when they sing my song. I feel like I am back home again, back home in Argentina.”
“I want to go on the pitch, I want to win. I’m proud to be captain – I’m happy too. I was surprised – there was Joey, Harps, Smudger – they are all good players, experienced players and English too.”
“For me it was like a present.” “I said all along I wanted to stay here and now everyone knows I will be here and there will be no more speculation.”
“I’m also happy because we had a good start to the season and we have signed new players, good players. We are looking forward now – to the future and for the team.”
The Argentine was linked with moves to Spain over the summer, and to clubs like Valencia and Sevilla, but it didn’t happen, to our immense relief.
Coloccini’s on a massive contract on Tyneside, and it runs out a year come June, so we often think what could happen next summer, and we think he may even be moved out, if Newcastle can get a buyer.
With his team-mate Jonas Gutierrez also on a big contract which runs out at the same time, Jonas may also be one to move out next summer, especially now we have many new players who can play on either wing.
These two lads have been great for Newcastle since they arrived three years ago, and it would be great to see them stay on Tyneside and even get contract extensions, but the way the club is now run makes that rather unlikely, and we cannot see that happening.
The fact that Coloccini is now such a vital player for Newcastle may become important, and we’re sure Alan Pardew is working hard right now in trying to get a contract extension for his captain.
But being an important player or a good player, never stopped the powers that be at Newcastle from moving top players out, if it helps with the financial situation at the club.
It’s a decent bet that both Argentine Internationals will move out next summer, unless the manager can persuade the top two on Tyneside, to extend their contracts.
What do you think?