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Coloccini – Of Course I Want To Stay At Newcastle

11:00 am, Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

There have been some high level meetings recently  between Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew and other members of the Board,  as well as with Chief Scout Graham Carr, as Newcastle plan for this summer’s transfer window.

Fab Coloccini – of course I want to stay at Newcastle

We think the club have done a lot of work already in their scouting work and speaking with agents about various players,  and it seems that Newcastle will be signing 22 year old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano, of  Stade Reims in the next couple of weeks.

That will be Newcastle’s first signing of the season, and it’s a surprise the lad is only playing in the French second division,  but we trust in Newcastle’s ability to find good players, wherever they are playing.

And as we reported yesterday,  the contract negotiations with Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson are not having too much success right now, and may be delayed until the summer.

But some good news today that at least Coloccini says he wants to stay at Newcastle,  and that the talks are ongoing and it’s just normal business of agreeing to a new contract.

This is what Coloccini said today, when asked if he wanted to be part of what looks like a bright future for Newcastle:

“Of course I want to stay.” “We’re speaking. It’s a normal process. Everything’s OK.”

“We have to think about each game – not the Champions League or Europa League.” “We just have to give 100% in every game.”

“And then when there are four or five games left in the league,  we can weigh up which competition we are going for.”

Coloccini is   a cult hero on Tyneside, and he reads the game so very well,  and of course he has massive experience and has played 34 times for Argentina.

The other thing is that he is very rarely out injured,  and has so far played 144 times with 5 goals for Newcastle, and this is his 4th season at the Newcastle club.

His weakness is against fleet footed forwards like Shane Long of West Brom and Andrew Johnson of Fulham as two examples, and they can give the Argentine some trouble and play on his lack of speed.

But Fabricio has had a terrific season in the black and white colors of Newcastle, and he’s a fine captain of the side, and the Newcastle fans are just hoping  to see him  commit his future on Tyneside.

After all, things are starting to look up big time now at the club – and the future even looks bright.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Danny Simpson · Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News





21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDownSouth // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Rotonda

    No, that’s not true. Dixon just said that that’s why Tottenham got completely hammered by Spurs.

  • 2 Beardosfacedouble // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Fab man, just sign and let us plan with confidence for next season

  • 3 dez // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Interesting comment made by Pardue on MOTD2 last night about directors not wanting to sign older players.

    Of course you dont want those who have just come for a pay day, but the signings like Keegans of Beardsley can make a big difference

  • 4 ToonDownSouth // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Anyone else notice we abandoned our high line against Wolves, and were mch much worse for it? Maybe Pardew listened to some of the clowns on here who think they know the players better.

  • 5 ParisToon // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Tottenham hammered by Spurs………I’ll have a pint of whatever you are drinking!

  • 6 jayphoto // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    just a note! Cabaye made his name and was looked at by barcelona and madrid playing for a Lille Team who won the title playing 4-3-3. Tiote got his move to england playing in a twente side who won the title playing 4-3-3. Demba Ba got a 9m move to west ham making his name playing left side of a hoffenhiem team playing 4-3-3. Papiss Cisse scored god knows how many goals playing in a frieburg side playing 4-5-1/ 4-3-3, Davide Santon excelled playing in jose mourinhos inter side playing 4-3-3…… anyone see where I’m going with this???

  • 7 ToonDownSouth // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Jay

    1) a 4-3-3 would involve playing Ba on the left. But why on earth who we move a player, who has scored 16 goals in about 20 games at center forward?

    2) 4-3-3 has absolutely not width in midfield, and we all know Simpson needs babysitting.

    I know we all want more attractive football, but a few of our players – first team players even – just are not good enough. Simpson and Williamson are nowhere near good enough for a top 6 side. It’s shocking when you compare those 2 to the equivalents at teams around us!

  • 8 wynsleap // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    jayphoto – 4-3-3 it is then?
    But who would you suggest along with Ba and Cisse for that third spot?

  • 9 Ollieh51 // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    @ Jayphoto – I agree.

    We need a 4 – 3 – 3 / 4 – 5 – 1 to stop getting overrun in CM in the second half of games like this.

    We get tired, stretched and then concede silly goals.

    Pardew said he’s realised this now and should have changed things sooner.

    Push on 1st half, get a couple of goals, shore up the CM in the second but then have the options to break with the wingers and a creative player in the centre just off either of the Dembas.

    Why pardew can’t see that we keep getting MOLESTED by 5 men in CM I can’t understand.

  • 10 VanToonMan // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Guys…let’s not debate about this aspect of Pardew’s tactics over and over again. We all know that 4-3-3 with Tiote Guthrie Cabaye in midfield and Ba Cisse HBA forward would be our best formation. However, it is just not possible this season because our RB and CB (Simmo and Willo)….are not simply not good enough so we need defensive wingers.

    So there’s no point going over this again….we have to Accept that Pardew must play 4-4-2 for the rest of this season until summer reinforcements come in.

    One question though….our unbeaten game run at the beginning of the season had us playing Obertan on the right wing….why has Raylor all of a sudden become the obvious pick?….For me he has pretty much done nothing since being at RW…HBA or Obertan it should be IMO

  • 11 jayphoto // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    TDS – Ba was brilliant for Hoffenheim on the left drifting in! And lets be honest, hes got most of his goals this season almost playing attacking midfield behind either ameobi or best, hes never really been the up top target man!

    Wynsleap – Id probably play Ben Arfa as he can create! Agreed it leaves us a little open but tiote, cabaye and guthrie in midfield cover a lot of ground and i think work hard enough to cover!

    Basically, we need to find a way to have ba and cisse in the side without being a predictable 4-4-2! The other suggestion would be 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12 Ollieh51 // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    @ VanToonMan – Agree on OberToon being an option. I think we’ll appreciate the work he does for us in a revised formation now.

    He’s a better release of pressure with his pace and has created a whole host of chances for us this season.

    Raylor’s hardly peppering the box with crosses, why not use our assests to their greatest potential by playing more intricate football along the deck?

  • 13 martoon // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Ollieh51 & Jayphoto – it is not always as simple as ‘play 5 in midfield’. Spurs tried to do that in the second half yesterday and still got murdered.
    Dez @3 yes I saw that too and certainly got the impression AP did not necessarily agree with the policy of the chairman.

  • 14 Ollieh51 // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    @ Martoon – It’s been pretty simple for clubs we’ve played to go with 5 in the CM and wear us down?

    Know it’s not as simple as throwing more men in but it’s a different shape and approach that we could use to keep our opponents thinking.

    We have different players to Spurs as do Sunderland to Wolves. Think we’re better set up with players to be able to play a 5 man CM vs. the scum?

  • 15 JDdubai // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Its not the formation its the personnel!!!

    the right players playing will allow you to play 4-3-3 but also to make it 4-5-1 or 3-4-3 with the full backs attacking and Tiote dropping to hold in front of the CB’s when the opportunity arises.

    This allows the team to be more fluid and gives enough players in centre mid(Tiote/Cabaye/Guthrie) to pass our way through if needed or to play wide with full backs attacking on both sides (Santon/Fergie) and would also allow HBA/Ba and Cisse to move along the line up front and be harder to mark instead of facing our own goal and waiting for the aerial bombardment which makes it easier to defend against.

    Itgives you width with pace and 2 fullbacks who can dribble and attack and also 3 in centre mid to control the game and protect the defence.

    Having said all that, i predict 4-4-2 against the mackems with Raylor on right mid and the ball coming down with snow on it more oftn than not from Willo and Simmo’s “delicate” passes!

  • 16 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Collo needs to sign his contract soonest! Knowing that he is staying could bring some of the rest out of their lack of confidence problems!

    Anyone know if this lad Romain Amalfitano is any good?

    I fear the worst for next Sunday~!

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 27, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Tds @4 played much worse – what, did we ship 5 goals? And the clown is? They were two messy goals nowt to do with being outpaced either and nowt to do with defensive line. Idiotic statement lad sorry.

  • 18 ferdinand85 // Feb 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    4-4-2 is our best alternative right now, we all know that. It’s fun to entertain, but why change a formation that has taken us this far? Raylor doesn’t add anything to our game. OberToon deserves the RW, with HBA as a supersub. With this change we will entertain AND maybe keep a clean sheet this weekend. And I don’t find any room for gutierrez in a 4-3-3 formation? He has been one of our more consistent players this year.

  • 19 arctoa // Feb 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I agree that we’re working towards implementing a 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 formation which is evidenced by the signings that we are making, but until we have at least a 10-man outfield core of players who are eminently comfortable in that formation there is no point in trying to force the issue. We’re a squad in transition so we’re going to go through sticky patches like we are now.

    That doesn’t make it any less frustrating, of course.

    As for contracts, I expect Coloccini to stay and Simpson and Guthrie to go. The club won’t tolerate their brinkmanship over their contracts, especially when neither possess the qualities that would fit into a 4-3-3 squad system: Simpson is technically inferior and Guthrie, despite his range of passing, doesn’t have the required pace or stamina to get box-to-box. Shame, really, as they’re both decent players and solid personalities.

  • 20 arctoa // Feb 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Mind you, while I expect Coloccini to stay there is no doubt in my mind that he will get shipped out with the other two if he doesn’t budge on his contract demands. I think a compromise will be reached, though, as this is the highest level he has regularly played at and his family appear to be settled in the area.

  • 21 AndyMac // Feb 28, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    “Mind you, while I expect Coloccini to stay there is no doubt in my mind that he will get shipped out with the other two if he doesn’t budge on his contract demands”

    Its Colo’s last big contract and while he has been a high wage earner – money’s not everything and he’ll have seen Jose and AC pick up winners medals yesterday.

    He must look at Pardwho and wonder if he even knows where Wembley is ?




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