Fabricio Coloccini has been a fabulous player for Newcastle this season, and it’s fitting this is his very first season as captain.
Fab Coloccini – Newcastle still going for the dream
And of course the good news earlier this year, was that Colo signed up to stay at Newcastle until the summer of 2016, and he has been so loyal to the Magpies in our time of need – like when we were relegated to the second division.
When Fab arrived on Tyneside from Deportivo, in almost his first interview, he said he thought he could become one of the best center-backs in the Premier League.
And while he struggled in his first season, he was recently named alongside Vincent Kompany in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season, and we see he’s also being named in a number of pundit’s Premier League teams too.
As one example Jamie Redknapp has said Coloccini has been simply outstanding at the back for Newcastle this season – and he’s right there.
And because of Colo and some of the other top Newcastle players, the lads are still battling for a Champions League position, and as the Argentine told the Daily Mirror – that’s still the dream going into the last game of the season:
“We are fighting for a dream, so it is a very important game.” “We are confident, because we played well against Chelsea.”
“We’ve played well against Manchester City too. We lost to City on Sunday, but the final result came because they scored the first goal and we were chasing an equalizer.”
“We have a very tough game, but it is one we can win. We have to do our own work at Everton and take the three points first. If we do that, it puts pressure on Tottenham and Arsenal and we’ll see – but we have to do our own job first.”
“When you’re on the pitch, you do not take notice of other scores.” “At half-time, we may hear of the scores, and I’m sure people may shout the score to us, but unless we win, we will not get there.”
“So the job of winning is the most important to us.” “We will make sure of that first. We’re very happy but we still have the chance to finish third or fourth and we’re still fighting for that.”
It could be that the Newcastle players were a little fatigued on Sunday, as Alan Pardew suggested, because it was the third game in a week.
And while top teams like Chelsea and Manchester City are used that – our lads are not – but they should be by the end of next season, with the lads at least being in the Europa League.
So we can maybe expect maybe a bright performance from the players on Sunday at Everton, and all they can do is to try desperately to win the game – and then we’ll see where we end up – it will be anywhere from fifth place to third place.
Not too bad at all – and the lads have been terrific this season – no doubt about that.