Fabricio Coloccini did not have a good game last time out at Spurs.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain
But if Fabricio is like he’s been in the past on Tyneside, he’ll come back with some strong and solid games for Newcastle, and we need him to do just that.
Coloccini took time to settle in at Newcastle when he arrived from Deportivo in the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was manager, but he didn’t have a good first season at the club, and of course we were relegated.
But since then he’s done just great, and was huge for Newcastle in the promotion season and last season too, and has become one of the most popular players on Tyneside.
And Alan Pardew rewarded him with the Newcastle captaincy, once Kevin Nolan elected to join West Ham and play in the Championship this season.
Newcastle are trying to nail Fabricio down to a new long term deal on Tyneside, but have so far not yet been successful in doing that, for whatever reason.
And we have to hope that Fabricio doesn’t go the way of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, when they just couldn’t reach any agreement on a contract and both left the club last summer.
Coloccini is a popular player at the club, and he is a very popular captain, and Ryan Taylor talked about the Argentine yesterday while he was at the Newburn Leisure Center.
Ryan Taylor with some of the Newcastle kids yesterday
Ryan and Danny Guthrie have been working with the kids as part of the NUFC Foundation during the half-term break, and this is what he had to say about Colo:
“Colo deserves the captain’s armband he’s got now,” “I think when he first came he found it tough, but to come from where he has to where he is now is brilliant.”
“He has settled in now and hopefully he will stay at the club for a long time. Colo’s come a long way and he deserves that captain’s armband.”
There was talk of delaying Coloccini’s contract talks until the summer, along with those of the two Dannys – Simpson and Guthrie.
But that doesn’t sound good to us, and why do Newcastle have so much trouble closing contracts with their existing players who they want to keep on Tyneside?
Maybe it’s got something to do with the contracts being so incentives-based.