In the disappointment, frustration and anger at yesterday’s loss to Reading which takes the southern side to just two points behind Newcastle in the league table, we had almost forgotten that tomorrow Newcastle will meet with their captain Fabricio Coloccini to decide whether they will let him walk away in mid-season to play in Argentina.
Fabricio Coloccini - decision day tomorrow
You would have thought the answer to Fab’s request to leave Newcastle to return to his wife and two kids in Argentina because of some personal problem – would be an ecstatic no – but amazingly that may not happen.
The Evening Chronicle reported yesterday that the fervor to get Coloccini home to join his father at San Lorenzo is building in South America, and that some local businesses may even be able to come up with the fee to sign Coloccini.
But of course even in that case, Newcastle could always turn it down, and from what we can tell, and we don’t know all the facts, surely Mike Ashley will tell the captain he must stay and fight to save Newcastle’s Premier League status.
That status is now looking just a bit dodgy, with teams like Reading and QPR starting to pick up points, and Sunderland won 3-2 at Wigan yesterday, so they’ve come to life too – so it would seem to us suicidal to let Colo go – with Newcastle in the position we are in.
Newcastle have had a terrible January transfer window, and after it started off so well with the news that Mathieu Debuchy was coming to Toon.
But then we lost Demba Ba to Chelsea very quickly, and then we were given an embarrassing black eye last week, when Loic Remy preferred QPR to Newcastle, and he scored for them on his debut yesterday in the 1-1 draw at West Ham.
So those have been two hammer blows already this month, and if Newcastle do let Coloccini leave – we’ll have lost our best attacker and best defender in January, and that’s really not strengthening the side.
We await the decision, which we have been told will be announced on Monday.
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