Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle captain has been in terrific form in pre-season for Newcastle, and of course has been called back into the Argentine squad for their game in Frankfurt against Germany on Wednesday, 15th August, and on Saturday he again strolled through the game and looked great at the back for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew acknowledges Newcastle fans on Saturday
Alan Pardew was pleased enough with the overall performance on Saturday night, other than we failed to take our chances to win the game, but he has singled out Tim Krul, Colo and his Argentine International team-mate Jonas Gutierrez for some praise this morning, in the Newcastle Journal:
“Fabricio Coloccini is just immense for us. On Saturday, he just looked like himself, which is a top centre-half. So I’m happy with that.
“Tim Krul looked like Tim, if you know what I mean, as did Jonas Gutierrez who was really sharp as well. We can’t do as much as we want to without these guys in the team and playing well.”
“We need them to be fit and in the team all season.”
Fabricio had an excellent season last term for Newcastle, and he made the Premier League Team of the Season, and it looks like he’s all ready for another stellar season on Tyneside, leading the club forward, hopefully to bigger and better things in the future.
The big disappointment at the game on Saturday was that three of our best players, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse were subjected to racial chanting by the Den Haag fans, and Newcastle said yesterday they would investigate the matter privately with the Den Haag club.
We don’t know if some of Newcastle’s other top players like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa will get some playing time at Hartlepool tomorrow night, but they probably need to play in both of the last two pre-season games to ensure they are fit enough for the first tough game of the season against Spurs at St. James’ Park in 12 days time.
The summer seems to have flown over.