Fabricio Coloccini’s personal situation has affected both his form and his mood over the last two months at Newcastle, and it’s not good when you have the captain’s mind seemingly on other things than football.
Fab Coloccini – in action yesterday at Carrow Road
But it turned out to be a good move by Alan Pardew yesterday to play Coloccini, and the Argentine had a steady game, and was again a calming influence at the back.
And news today that Newcastle have turned down San Lorenzo’s appeal to cancel the Argentine’s contract, so he becomes a free agent, and they could sign him.
On the surface Coloccini’s request to leave immediately for San Lorenzo seems silly, since the Argentine club can in no way afford the asking price for the player – which would be around £5M or more – and they have also apparently asked Colo to buy himself out of his contact.
But football is not a charity, and Newcastle are not a Charitable organization and if the club was, then maybe the move by Fabricio to San Lorenzo would be possible.
But as far as we can see it, Newcastle will sit down with the player this week, and try to sort something out, but if the result is anything other than he stays until the end of the season, we’d be really shocked.
This is what Alan said in the Sunday Sun today:
“We will speak to Colo this week and will resolve this situation. We will keep that internal because it’s our business.” “I thought he played well. It was nice to see the reaction of our fans to him because he’s a very important player.”
“I don’t want to go too much into it. I will sit down this week and iron out any issues we have. Do we want to keep him? Of course. Of the four center-halves on display, he was the most assured. He gives us a calmness in the heat of battle that you need.”
Losing Demba Ba is bad enough, and we think Colo showed yesterday that he still has the mental strength to play a part in Newcastle’s relegation fight this season.
But Alan Pardew may take the captaincy away from him, and give it to a player who is 100% committed to the Newcastle cause – like Yohan Cabaye or Steven Taylor – as two good examples.
The local news is that there is no problem between the manager and the captain, although there was a bust up a few weeks ago in the dressing room, and it had to do with Newcastle’s long ball philosophy this season.
But the last thing we want is any uncertainty about the current Newcastle captain, and we hope Newcastle can end this nonsense this week, and the sooner the better.
Newcastle still have a lot of work to do to get out of relegation trouble, with Reading, Southampton and Sunderland all gaining two points on Newcastle yesterday, and although a point was better than yet another defeat, we need to start winning games.
What do you think?
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