Coloccini cost about £10.4M when Newcastle signed him from Deportivo de La Coruña in August of 2008, and he’s turned out to be an excellent buy for the club even though he was brought in by then Director of Football Denis Wise.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle United captain and star defender
And then manager Kevin Keegan was not surprisingly involved in bringing the 34 times capped Argentine International to Tyneside.
But like many other Newcastle players at the time, Colo found it hard that season in the Premier League and all kinds of bad things happened at Newcastle, including Kevin leaving in early September, just after the Argentine had arrived on Tyneside.
It ended up of course with Newcastle being relegated, but over the last three years Newcastle have come storming back and finished 5th top of the Premier League last season.
Coloccini confirmed today that he found it hard in that first season he had this to say to the Daily Mail today:
“I knew I could play here, so I came,” “But the first year was hard.” “That’s why I wanted to be here – because I wanted to prove to myself I could play in this league.”
“It was really difficult, but it wasn’t about how much Newcastle paid for me,” “I came here after playing in Italian and Spanish football, and, for me, it was different.”
“I’m happy at Newcastle – I think the future is good here.”
One of the best things that happened for Colo was that he had a season playing in the Championship, and that toughened him up in his physical play, and he’s been excellent in the Premier League for Newcastle, since we were promoted two years ago.
And Colo was so good last year that he made it into the PFA Premier League Team of the Season, and rightfully so too.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is no fool, and he appointed Fabricio his captain last July, for the departed Kevin Nolan, and was keen to sign him up for a prolonged stay at the club.
And the manager was successful in doing that earlier this year, and Coloccini will now be at Newcastle for at least the next four years.
Fabricio Coloccini has turned out to be a great buy for the club, and he can lead the Magpies back to great things, in his time remaining at Newcastle.
Well that’s what we are hoping for. 😀