Newcastle Player In BBC Team Of The Season – So Far

BBC Pundits Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson have come up with their Premier League Team of the Season so far, and Newcastle have one player in that eleven.

Fab Coloccini – in BBC PL Team of the Season – so far

During their discussion, Mark Lawrenson pointed that Newcastle have not been the better team a number of times this season, for example against Spurs at home, last week against West Brom and yesterday at Liverpool, but Newcastle still got 7 points out of those three games and Mark thinks that’s the sign of a good team, and he says that Newcastle have gone to as higher level this season.

That sounds good.

Here’s the eleven they picked as the PL team of the season so far.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Steven Pienaar (Everton)
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)
Michu (Swansea)

The two pundits admitted Colo didn’t have his best game yesterday at Liverpool, but he was up against Luis Suarez, who was close to world-class in that game yesterday, and as the Newcastle manager said after the game – Luis would have given many great defenders a tough time yesterday.

And we have to remember that Coloccini was in the PL Team Of the Season last season, and he was a Colossus in the game at Sunderland, and yes – he didn’t have his best game in Newcastle colors yesterday.

And the words on Fabricio by Robbie Savage were:

“On a whole he has been immense; he’s the captain, he leads them well from the back and he’s been immense.”

We’re surprised that a number of players are in the team including Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal, who isn’t even a starter at the moment for Arsenal, and was good but hardly great when he filled in for French International Bacary Sagna, until the Frenchman returned to the first team recently.

Michu of Swansea as a striker alongside Robin van Persie is also a strange choice, and if you asked 19 managers in the PL who they would take between Michu and Demba Ba, they would say Ba, and maybe the Swansea manager would say Michu – so that’s a really strange choice.

If you want to watch the video of Mark and Robbie discussion the team they picked and why they picked the players they did – here’s the video.

What would your choice be got PL team of the season so far.

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53 comments so far


    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Just planned of to Bordeaux for the 6th december! Pay for tickets next week this will be fun!!

    Fantastic, hes up with Kompany for best CB in league


    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Wow the players they’ve picked are sport on imo.. imagine a team of that? WOW!


    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #3


  • nick_9

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed with the latter paragraph and anyone would be crazy to suggest otherwise. He is one of the best we have had in years

  • Graeme

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #5

    No doubt about it, Captain Colo is a class CB – all we need is another one, of similar stature, a lot younger, who can grow into the job of eventually replacing him.

    January is going to be very revealing about the owners intentions on where he sees us, what he expects us to achieve!!

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #6

    So what would Alderwerield’s super fee be ?
    If Colo was £10.3m then surely we’d need to spend that kind of money to find as quality a guy as successor.
    Kets might think we can get all his Panini’s cheap but I think Wor Toby would be £10-12m ( NOT € ).
    If I was going to sign two or three players of over £10m then they’d be defenders, the foundation of the team. Colo proves the point…

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we are lucky with colo.

    He has never been quick so he has relied on positioning and reading the game.

    Players like this usually can go well into the 30s. He might get to 34/5 before we see a significant decline in his ability.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #8


    Good call.

    Defence is the one area of our first 11 we are weak. Other areas have a good first team just need a bit if cover.

    Spend around 10-15 millions bringing in a good full back and a good centre back.

  • nick_9

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Transfer sage agreed regarding his age, he has a few years left in him yet but we need to put a few fast defenders around him.

    Just seen that perch and Jonas are on four bookings. Shame Perch / Pardew didn’t have the nous or cheek to suggest perch fobbing off to gain a yellow once he suspected he would be out for more than a game, or is that just wrong of me to suggest haha

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Sterling over Hazard 🙂 what a joke. No doubt Hansen and Lawro picked that team

  • geordie157

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    The more i see of West Brom, the more i like Mulumbu.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12

    @ 157

    Yeah Mulumbu is a good little player like although I would prefer Sissoko. West Brom could turn out to be the new us this season like (Hope Not) but they have some good players and play decent stuff

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #13

    its the age old problem, our weak back line and lack of depth make us a wary team, hampers our midfield and makes us vulnerable when we do muster up the courage to break.

    one or two good signings please in january, mike.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Great players realises their potentials.
    World class players understand their limitations too.

  • pedro

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Firstly, I’m a huge fan of Colo and think he has been and is a great player and captain. He was fully deserving of his place in the team of the year last season but I’m not sure about this season. He has missed most the games through injury and then didnt look his best against West Brom and Liverpool. This is not a criticism of Colo more a criticism of the appalling punditry that the BBC produce

  • Minato

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #16

    On another note have to say I was a little disappointed with Anita again on sunday. Particularly at right back..I don’t really rate Sterling and he looked like he had the better of him all day. Definitely seemed more comfortable when reverted back to a CDM on Perch’s departure. Concerns me that if we lose Simmo in January, Anita will be deployed full time in this position..and the prospect of that greatly concerns me.

    On colo i mirror a lot of what has already been said. Has been outstanding for us since our championship season and I think he will be really missed. Its a shame really as we have some very winnable games coming up and a solid defence would have made that a lot easier. Happy with Willo or Saylor alongside him but together I again have my concerns…

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes, we signed him to a long term contract on big money to take him well into his thirties, so the club must also think he won’t suffer a marked physical decline over time. You get the feeling he might get even better. Colo gives us cred at the top levels of the game. He is an aristocrat.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t know if true, but I’m seeing reports on twatter that Medhi Abeid will go out on loan in January to either the championship or Ligue 1.

    Firstly, sorry Kets. My deepest condolences, and now we are surely going to get relegated.

    Secondly, where do we think would be better for Medhi? The championship or in France?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Conaldo

    Championship, get him used to the English game

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #20

    And the blog is dead. Night chaps 😉

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #21

    I see that Abeid has done an interview with Sport fr. in which he agrees to go out on loan to get more experience.
    Apparently AP asked him to stay at Newcastle until January.
    I wonder if he has been asked this just for cover for injuries, as a midfielder, and that another midfielder is to be purchased in January – then he can go out on loan. We seem to have plenty of defensive midfielders -so does this mean we are to buy an attacking midfielder and/or get rid of one of our established midfielders. Clearly suggests that there is definitely going to be some transfer activity in January – but I suppose it will depend on the price.

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m stuck in the past. I keep watching this video of NUFC

    What a team they were! Excellent!

    Probably still much better than current team and probably will challenge for the title even against current MU, MC, Chelsea.

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Sammy Ameobi = new Faustino Asprilla?

  • 89Norcal

    Nov 6, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #24

    @Santon, that was a fearless team, filled with NUFC greats that knew how to play. Shame we missed out on the title that year and the year prior.

    I’ve been comparing Sammy to Ronaldinho, with those slick little overhead flicks he was doing in the last game vs Brugge.

    I don’t know what to call him yet, I guess Sammidinho 🙂

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Sammytino? he move like Tino, but he play the same position as Ronaldinho

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #26


    Ginola, Beardsley, Batty, Lee, Albert, Shearer, Ferdinand, Gillespie, Beresford, Barton, Peacock, Ramage, Watson, Srnicek, they were just excellent. Especially Ginola and Beardsley my favourite players.
    They didn’t care much about defending, they played with a system : you scored 3 we scored 4, you scored 4 we scored 5 hahahah

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 6, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Morning lads!

    …I probably wouldn’t have picked any of our players so far for the team of the season, but if anyone deserve it, it is our Colo 😀

    …Does anybody think we will something different in the PL in the light of our injuries and suspentions?

    Pardew keeps talking about us needing to improve our pass and movement (just to name a few). We are not really doing that!

    What I would to see from Pardew is the determination from last season where those who performed where given a chance and those who didn’t were benched.

    So far this season too many have been grinding out weak performances but keep their place (even on the bench)

  • cyprus

    Nov 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Nice team, I’d pick Cesar over Friedel…

  • 89Norcal

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #29

    @Santon03, yeah a properly dangerous team that none of the powerhouses wanted to play against.

    @jesper, I’d like to see some actual progress on our midfield as well, but I suppose a match at Anfield isn’t the easiest game for us to start roaring back in. If Cabaye and Ben arfa could just get up the pitch more the Dembas would be scoring left and right, I know it!

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #30


    It doesn’t matter who the player is, it will be difficult.
    When we are defending, we only left one player up front, the rest are too deep inside our own half. When we get the ball there’s only one option. Even our fastest attackers are too deep inside our own half. Sometimes we can get route 1 goal, but that’s probably only once from 20 or 30 attempts.

  • Santon03

    Nov 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #31

    the way i see it, our team right now are too affraid to conceed a goal, over cautious. it’s like what AP said while ago: “Clean sheet is very important”.
    Sometimes attack is the best form of defense.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper – Good morning. Team of the season after ten games!
    Last season at end of the year I had David Silva as my then winner but he stopped playing thereafter. Even with generally poor defending in the PL Coloccini certainly shouldn’t be in the team. Aside from a great showing against the Mackems he has not yet reached the level of last season. In football circumstances dictate that sometimes style and fast flowing football go out of the window and you have to dig in. Who are these players with weak performances who are being retained?
    Pardew has taken Simpson out of the starting line up. Cisse is a goalscorer and his dry ish spell will pass.

  • jeff

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #33

    jonas of course

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #34


    The main reason for cisse’s dry patch is lack of service into the box when we go down the wings, thats why fergie has to play down the left he has the best cross in the club and has to play lw for me, when hes played with cisse he has set him up twice with a cross 1 goal 1 hit the keeper.

  • jeff

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #35

    but bigirimana and anita have not shown that they deserve his spot when given their chance. HOWEVER i have no doubt that if abeid was given a chance, he would take it running

    the thing with jonas is that he can play in a 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2. maybe anita could be a makeshift lm but i cannot see bigirimana out there although abeid has played in that position before

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Bigi is best played sitting infront of the defence he can break up play and plays it simple which is the most effective way to do that job, tiote goes for harder balls and he keeps giving it away this season which have also lead to shots at our goal, play it simple is the best way to go sick of everyone trying the “hollywood” passes. I want to see bigi v west ham he is good enough.

  • jeff

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #37

    lol eaststand geordie

    speaking of hollywood balls and shots LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL at gerrard. i counted six shots from around 30 yards out that didnt even enter the box and hit the first man

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #38

    east- I am a fan of Fergi. He is being slowly introduced and is my preferred choice over Simpson with Santon at right back. We need more pace to get behind sides. Sami is also more likely to feature following a good showing on Sunday. The period around Xmas will see a number of youngsters thrown into the mix. I am not a fan though of dropping players to appease fans who just don’t appreciate what they bring to the team. I am referring to Jonas who brings so much to the team which needs to be of all shapes and sizes. I did a number of posts yesterday on Jonas.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #39


    Haha what about his freekick he tried from his own half the thick scouse c@nt

  • jeff

    Nov 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #40

    yea i bet rodgers was fuming

    its funny; all enrique did was play the long ball too. him and gerrard were the only players who kicked the ball off the ground


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