The news yesterday that Fabricio Coloccini wants to leave Newcastle in January for personal reasons has hit Newcastle like a thunderbolt – and what other bad can now hit Newcastle, after Demba Ba took only four days of the January window to desert the Magpies for higher wages at Chelsea?
Fab Coloccini - wife’s sickness causing problems
As if Newcastle and Alan Pardew didn’t have enough other things to worry about – but in Colo’s case it has nothing to do with wanting more money, and more to do with the poor health of his wife, who is currently back home in Argentina. Other news today suggests that his wife has been unable to settle on Tyneside, although Colo arrived in the summer of 2008, almost five years ago.
But it does seem true that Colo is requesting an immediate move back to Argentina, but of course he still have three and a half years of his contract to run on Tyneside, and we’d be very surprised if Newcastle let him go this month.
But the club may allow him to leave in the summer, if his personal situation has not been ironed out by that time.
Coloccini has been off form in recent weeks, and the news is that he has made his unhappiness known to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew a number of times of late, and his father said last week his son was keen to return to his former club, San Lorenzo in his home country of Argentina.
However, the news is that Fabricio has not gone to the extent of actually requesting a transfer from Newcastle, but this new bombshell news of yesterday can hardly have a positive impact on the squad for our game this afternoon at Norwich City.
Coloccini’s wife has already returned to Argentina, but Fab has been left alone with his two kids Octavia, eight, and Thiago, five, in Newcastle.
Further talks are planned between Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias and Alan Pardew to agree on a way forward in the coming days, with Newcastle set to try to do whatever is necessary to keep the Newcastle captain on Tyneside.
But maybe the best Newcastle can do is to keep Colo until the end of the season, but then where he will go is not clear, since Newcastle will still want a sizable fee for the center-back, and that’s a fee San Lorenzo can hardly afford.
The 30 year-old signed from Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 for around £10.4M and only last season he was named in the Premier Team of the Season, after leading Newcastle to 5th place in the Premier league, the highest finish by a Newcastle side since Freddy Shepherd sacked Bobby Robson back in August of 2004.
Newcastle have only three experienced center-backs, and Steven Taylor has been out for two months with another hamstring injury, and we know that San Lorenzo would not be able to offer Fabricio anywhere near the £60K/week he is being paid at Newcastle.
It’s hard to think that any more bad news is on the way this season for the Tyneside club, with the club being hit with all kinds of bad luck since early November, but we think Newcastle will keep Fabricio until the summer, to help us through our relegation struggle.
After that it’s anybody’s guess what could happen.
What do you think?
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