Captain Fabricio Coloccini put in another terrific performance for Newcastle in Wednesday’s great 3-0 win over Manchester United.
Fabricio Coloccini in action on Wednesday evening
And it was really good to see Newcastle so strong in the middle of their defense again, as Mike Williamson again showed what a terrific acquisition he has been for just £1M from Portsmouth two years ago.
Mike is one of the few who has shown he can make the step up in class, and he’s improved a lot in the Premier League.
At the moment we are interested in keeping the very good players we have at the club, and in Krul, Coloccini, Tiote, Cabaye and Demba Ba are as good as you get in the Premier League.
We are a little concerned that we may still lose Tiote and the fact we are supposedly after French central midfielder Benjamin Corgnet may be the player who is brought in if we do lose the Ivory Coast International.
One of our top players, Coloccini, is still in negotiations with Newcastle on a new contract and surely it has to be of the highest priority to get this man signed up for the next several years at Newcastle.
In the last couple of seasons Fabricio has proved he is now a top class Premier League center-back, after having a tough time of things in his very first season at the club.
But Coloccini, like his Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez were loyal to Newcastle as they helped us get straight back to the Premier League, after we were relegated in 2009, and we’ll always remember that.
We have to hope we’ll be able to keep Fab, who had this to say about the game on Wednesday night:
“To play so well against a team that is full of top class players like Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs meant a lot to us and that is perhaps why it was our best game of the campaign so far,”
“To beat Man United was always going to be special and for me, it was one of the best games I’ve played in since I arrived in England, and it is right up there with our derby win over Sunderland last season.”
“It sends out a good message and lets the teams around us in the table know that we are capable of putting in performances like that. There have been some strange results around lately and it was good to take advantage of that..”
We also wonder what’s going on with Danny Guthrie’s contract negotiations, because he becomes a free agent at the end of June, when his four year deal at Newcastle will run out.
But maybe Newcastle will let Danny leave the club in the summer, and that’s why we are looking at other central midfielders like Corgnet, but Danny has shown he can be a very good player for Newcastle, when he gets a run of games as he did late last year.
Danny Simpson is another one who has so far refused to sign a new deal, and those negotiations will not start again until the summer, or so we are told.
But if Newcastle cannot come to an agreement with the former Manchester United player, don’t be surprised if we sell him in the summer and bring in another top full-back.
Danny showed again on Wednesday night that he continues to improve in a black and white strip, and it was great to see the banter between Tim Krul and Danny after the final whistle, when they were laughing away and seemingly discussing how Danny had again managed to clear off the line, this time from Wayne Rooney.
We’d love for Danny to stay on Tyneside, and we’ve just seen there’s some late-breaking (good) news in the Evening Chronicle today, that Danny’s on the verge of signing a new deal.
That would be great.