Fabricio Coloccini has been in terrific form for Newcastle since he came back from his back injury 10 days ago at West Ham, and Newcastle have claimed 4 valuable points and conceded only one goal in those two games – and that was a penalty needlessly given away by Mathieu Debuchy on Sunday.
Fabricio Coloccini – huge influence at Newcastle
It’s now becoming obvious that Colo has been missed big time at the back by Newcastle, and heaven only knows how well we would have done had the Argentine International not missed 12 games with that back injury he picked up in the 4-2 win against Southampton.
Like many players that come to Newcastle, Colo had a tough first season five years ago, but then in the Championship he was immense, and helped Newcastle to get straight back up where we belong – in the Premier League.
So Colo knows it’s difficult for some of our new players who have arrived at the club to fit straight in, and the Newcastle captain had this to say today on the official Newcastle site today, and he thinks the new players will help the club big time next season and is not surprised some have struggled initially:
“That’s normal,” “The same happened with me – the first year was very difficult.” “But I think the players who came, they are doing very well.”
“It’s quicker and maybe they feel a bit tired but it’s normal.” “And next year they will be better for it.”
The five Frenchmen have all done well in what has been a fiery baptism for them at Newcastle and Vurnon Anita has struggled in the second half of the season, but the Dutchman wasn’t given much opportunity by Alan Pardew in the side, once the five French players arrived in January.
19 year-old Gael Bigirimana has done well, and should be much better next season, but we’ve hardly seen Romain Amalfitano, and it’s a good question whether he will remain at Newcastle.
The one player we think we must keep – if we are to do well next season is captain Fab Coloccini.
We know he has some personal problem, s but we hope Newcastle will be able to keep the captain at the club.
If he leave, Colo will be remembered as a terrific center-back who went down with the club to the second division, but kept with the club and has been great these last three seasons.
That’s real loyalty from Fabricio – and that’s yet another reason we want him to stay – and we’ll not forget that in two games he helped Newcastle survive this season.
What do you think?
Note – I’ve been told there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – we should be 2-0 up by then too – please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.
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