Coloccini – We Have Very Good Creative Players

Fabricio Coloccini has been interviewed by the Newcastle Journal today, and the Newcastle captain says he’s not worried about Newcastle’s attacking prowess or lack thereof.

Colo in action on Monday – he’s the one on the right with the hair

Newcastle were outplayed for long stretches of the game at Loftus Road on Monday evening, and that brought some criticism from Newcastle fans, that we may not have enough attacking flair in the ranks.

But Fabricio thinks that’s far from the truth as he said today:

“I do not have any worries about our attacking,” “I know we have a side that is capable of creating chances and scoring goals and you will see that in the next few games.”

“It was difficult on Monday because I thought QPR played a very good game and prevented us from creating too many chances.”

“They pressured the ball very well. But I don’t think there is any issues in terms of us creating things – we scored three goals in the two games before that.”

“We have very good creative players. We have strong attackers and strong midfielders.” “I really don’t think there will be a problem in terms of scoring.”

“Things have been good so far but we’re not getting carried away,” “It is still very early, but we had a good start last season and that helped us and the same thing has happened again.”

“It has given us something to build on in the next few weeks and I hope we keep going and taking points.” “Our home form will be important, but it is always good when you are doing well in away games as well.”

Colo’s right that it’s still very early in the season, and most Newcastle fans would think 4th place is not a reasonable measure of the ability of the current Newcastle side.

The goal for the season is officially a top half finish, and there have been some good things to take out of the first five games of this season, great team spirit and some excellent defending being just two of them.

And it’s easier these days not to get too carried away with things, after the torture of being relegated two years ago, which brought massive realism to both the club and to its supporters.

We do expect manager Alan Pardew to make some changes to the starting line-up for the game at Villa Park on Saturday, to try to get more attacking power and creativity moving forward.

Maybe Dan Gosling and even young Sammy Ameobi could get a start in the side.

A draw would be a very decent result against Villa, who are like Newcastle and unbeaten so far this season in their five games.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Elb11

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully he’s proved right soon… No creativity whatsoever against QPR.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Think pardew should try out a solid 3 man centre mid of cabaye – tiote – gosling with santon starting left back against villa. Sorry ryan, your a grafter, but your too slow to be a modern full back matey

  • toon 4 life

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    we shud be settin our sights on a win instead of a draw

  • toon 4 life

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree wiv you 2 ameobi’s ryan looked awful on monday night no pace and outta position wich also makes guti look shite santon will come and hopefully change that round i wud like to see sammy get more time on the pitch as he has something to giv


    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Give Sammy a start is like giving Ranger a start last season…he just isn’t ready yet

    He needs impact sub use for now not starts imo

  • redondo77

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with Colo many creative players and we will see it in next few games, but I don’t see Shola getting better.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon 4 life agreed with sammy getting more time. He should be used as an impact player, what kind of impact can u make in 3 minutes ! Give the lad at least 20minutes to get into the game and he might just do what he done at scunny

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Dont think i would start Tiote against villa, it is like having Smith in midfield again, he cant pass and gives the ball away nearly every time he gets it, Hopefully he gets over this bad spell soon because once he does, we will be seeing a lot more of the ball and hopefully start scoring again.

    @2 AMEOBIES, i would like to see that, maybe get to see Ba start on the left where he prefers.

    I think the real reason we are not scoring is because we are using Big Fat Sams’ tactics, long ball over the top and all that. what is the point having wingers and Cabaye on the pitch if they are only going to get the ball flying past them for 70% of the game. we need to play some carpet football again, we looked great using it in pre season in America and we scored some pretty good goals last season, as well as having complete control of the game.

    Sort it out Pardew.

  • Davies

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    WWJBD – You’re probably right, but Ranger and Sameobi are two very different players in one big way; Ranger seemed to bottle it when he got into the first team and Ameobi Jr doesn’t seem bothered by the pressure.

    Ameobi also seems to lack the laziness that’s given us all reason to slate both Shola and Ranger.

  • redondo77

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Is it possible that Shola’s stamina can only last for 20 to 30minutes? He exists during 20 to 30 minutes in every game he started and then dissapeared.

  • toon 4 life

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    tiote was rubbish the othernite he gave the ball away to much imo i understand he is gettin bak to fitness and sharpness but why not giv guthrie a run with cabaye i think them to wud compliment each other nicely giv sammy more than 15 aswell and get gosling on


    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12


    Oh aye am not saying they are alike (for one thing I like Sammy) but I still think starting him this soon would be a mistake a full 90 could show him up and knock his confidence

    Impact sub appearence until January atleast in the league and full matches in cup games would be my plan for him

  • IPToon

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    This formation Saturday = Aston Villa 1 – 2 Newcastle

    —————————– Krul ——————————–
    Simpson ——– Taylor ——- Coloccini ——- Santon
    ———————– Tiote —– Cabaye ——————–
    Obertan ————— Gutierrez ————— Marveaux
    —————————– Best ——————————–

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha creative full of $hit…

    Cabeye must be getting so frustrated having to pull his weight of two men while Tiote sits there giving the ball away. Cabeye has not been given the opportunity to show his creative talent so far lets hope with the introduction of the two G’s back from injury and Benny Arfa then it may give him more freedom…

    Either that or Pardew’s training sessions just arent working cough cough 8 points 4th in the league i know 🙂

    I really hope lady luck keeps shining on our lads because….. god do we need her

  • sticklebricks

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    At the start of the Championship season didn’t Colo say he would cut his hair if we got into Europe..?

    Only another 34 games to go…

  • redondo77

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope we signed Inzaghi.

  • toon 4 life

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    cant wait for benny to play next week fu££in miss that lad wiv a passion

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Shola should stay far away from the first team. But for some unknown reason, we all know deep down that Shola is guaranteed a start every game. We just got to live with it.

    He contributes so little, its unbelievable.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Shola has like 3-4 good games per season. The rest of the time, he’s either injured or disappeared in matches.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed – You say “The goal for the season is a top half finish”
    I know you are right in what you are saying but when you see it written down like that it doesn’t half sound depressing.
    A top half finish for the once mighty Toon is all we can realistically hope for? How have we ever come to this?
    Unfortunately it will never change until we finally rid ourselves of this obnoxious owner.

  • Persian Geordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    We can beat Villa (easy) if we do this:
    —————————– Krul —————————
    Simpson ——– Taylor ——- Coloccini ——- Santon
    ———————– Tiote —– Cabaye ——————
    Obertan ————— Gosling—————Jonas
    —————————– Best —————————

    with: Marv, Guthrie, Sammi a must on the bench.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    @wynsleap // Sep 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    We just got back to the EPL 2 seasons ago. What are you expecting? Europa spot? As far as i’m concern finishing anywhere above 12th is really a bonus.

    We have spent nowt this season and we have only 2 fit centre backs as of now, and only 1 good striker in Leon Best. Even Stoke has a more stronger squad than us.

    I’d take a 10th place finish right away.

  • toon 4 life

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    collo wiv no hair = awfull haha nufc in europe = we can dream

  • geoff777

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    The whole team needs time to gel.
    We probably won’t see the best of them until the second half of the season.

    Tiote had a really good last twenty minutes against QPR. He got some great tackles in and broke up lots of their play.
    He didn’t have a pre-season so has needed a few games.

    Santon will make a huge difference but again will need time to adapt to the pace of the EPL.

    I agree with some of the teams I’ve seen posted.
    we definitely should play 451 becoming 433 or 4213 when attacking.

    I’d like to see something like this away from home.


    Simmo — Saylor — Colo — Santon

    ———-Guthrie ——–Tiote



  • redondo77

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Filippo Inzaghi = The cheapest and great goal record, not needed by the club. Probably less than 1m and will play well until he’s 40 (like Maldini).

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Would take 10th all day long progression from last year no???

    The sooner we get fat Ash out the club we will be in a much better position, however with all this new “free sponsorship” looks like we will be stuck with him for a good few years to come while he makes his money back, which is fair enough…. for a greedy pie eating, stripping gambling pig!!!!

    We will never achieve anything other than 10th or below with him as our owner.

    I read a post yesterday cant remember or cant be arsed to go searching for who it was from but mentioned fans reaching their saturation point on disappointment after disappointment and turning their backs on going to games, having the fat controller as owner is killing our club, eating it up from the inside…. LITERALLY!

  • K4Toon

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    i fear by the time HBA back to fitness he will face a losing battle to Shola for a starting place. Shola has simply brought us luck to pick up 8 pts in a miraculous 4-game unbeaten run while HBA barely scored a single goal in 12 mths.
    i think Shola is a better player and shld start every game, as long as he can stand on his feet, ahead of HBA or whoever at the club.

  • Matt

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Realistically the formation should look like this

    —————————– Krul ——————————–
    Simpson ——– Taylor ——- Coloccini ——- Raylor
    ——————– Gosling –— Cabaye ——————–
    Obertan ————— Guthrie—————— Marveaux
    —————————– Best ——————————–

    You can’t just thrown Santon in at the deep end, you need to bring him on about 60 minutes this game then give him a start next time around.

    Tiote gets dropped because he’s in poor form and maybe a game on the bench will help him physically and mentally recover from it.

    Guthrie gets a start only because Vukic is injured

    Marveaux deserves a start. He has great quality in his play. His creativity and delivery are far superior to that of Jonas.

    Jonas is dropped because frankly he’s done nothing useful so far. Enrique made him look good. His crossing is poor, he’s basically a loose cannon who only uses pace to take people on.


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