Newcastle will sort out Fabricio Coloccini’s personal situation this week, but we’d be very surprised if the club acquiesces to Colo’s demands to move to Argentina immediately, to play for San Lorenzo.
Alan Pardew with Colo on the sidelines - but not for long
The facts of the matter are that Coloccini still has three and a half years left on his existing £60K/week contract at Newcastle, which he signed less than a year ago, and San Lorenzo have said they cannot pay the fee for the Argentine International.
So we’re not sure how Colo can be given his wish, and if he does leave that could sink Newcastle ever further into the relegation zone, and Mike Ashley may be a lot of things, but he’s not daft, and relegation is the very last thing the Newcastle owner wants in May.
That’s why we think Newcastle will draft in up to five players this month, and one center-half will arrive regardless of the Colo situation, and if for some reason Colo gets his wish, then the club will bring in two center-backs to help out Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.
Alan Pardew has said a meeting has already been set up to discuss the situation with Coloccini:
“We have got a meeting and we are going to try and resolve it.” “I am confident of a resolution. He is a class player. Great players can play through most crises. We have had a crisis in terms of our results. It’s players of his caliber – and Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye – who are going to get us up the league.”
And Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, who could even become captain of the side if Coloccini leaves the Magpies this week, has admitted Colo’s situation is not a diversion in the dressing room:
“Coloccini is a Newcastle player so for us nothing has changed. Nobody was thinking about that situation on the pitch. For us, a clean sheet was the most important thing.” “Maybe we started to lose confidence after we lost a couple of games.” “After each loss, it became more and more difficult to get out of the run.”
Newcastle must sort out any and all distractions in the dressing room, and at least one piece of good news on the Demba Ba departure, is that we will not have the “will he leave or wont he” transfer sagas (circuses) any more – he left for bigger money at Chelsea on 4th January – and he didn’t exactly hang around in this transfer window.
And we think Colo will see the professionalism he needs to show, through his family difficulties, and he showed on Saturday that he can still play a solid game for Newcastle, through all of this.
We hope Newcastle can announce in the next day or two that Colo will be staying through the end of this season, and maybe that can be announced at the same time that Loic Remy is announced as the latest player to join Newcastle in this January transfer window.
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