It will be interesting to see how Fabricio Coloccini plays tonight against Aston Villa in another crucial 6 pointer, after the shenanigans of the last few weeks, but we expect the Argentine to put in a strong performance at the back.
Fabricio Coloccini – fitting end to Newcastle career
Who will partner him will be interesting too, with Stephen Taylor back – and Newcastle having just signed French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – so one of them will get the nod with Mike Williamson dropping to the bench.
But it seems the Newcastle manager is confident that Fabricio can put his troubles behind him and concentrate on leading Newcastle out of the relegation zone and up that league table:
“Sometimes you draw a line in the sand and I think we have done that.” “He has had to do that, we have had to do that and say ‘Now come on, let’s focus on what’s important here and that’s Newcastle’, and as a professional, I think he will do that.” ” Really it’s his performances that will reflect that and he is conscious of that.”
“He wants to show how committed he is, not by words because there have been a lot of words said. Sometimes, it’s about performance.” “The relegation season defeat has been mentioned in previous visits to Villa. Obviously, I wasn’t party to that, but it would be a sad day for any football club and we will make sure that is focused on too.”
Coloccini is one of a few players still left who went of that fateful game at Villa Park in May, 2009, when we lost 1-0 due to an own goals form Damien Duff – and we were relegated for the first time from the Premier League.
Leading Newcastle up the table and away from relegation may be the last thing Fabricio does in his Newcastle career, but if he can do that he can leave in the summer – and he will be fondly remembered as one of Newcastle’s best center-backs – and a guy who stayed loyal to the club – when others couldn’t get out of the door quickly enough, once we were relegated in 2009.
It would be a fitting ending to a great career at Newcastle United.
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