Fabricio Coloccini has played two outstanding games for Newcastle since he returned from that back injury, and we’ve picked up 4 points and secured our Premier League safety.
Fabricio Coloccini – massive player for Newcastle
Alan Pardew appointed the Argentine as Newcastle captain last summer, and he’s looked a good choice, although he missed far too many games for us this season – which is one reason Newcastle have struggled so much.
Alan Pardew talked about Fab yesterday:
“We’ve missed him.” “I don’t know what our record is like when he doesn’t play, but he makes such a big difference to us. He had accusations thrown at him from certain websites that he wasn’t bothered.” “You can’t say something like that about someone like him.”
“Did you see him when Hatem Ben Arfa gave the ball away in the second half at QPR – he went absolutely ballistic.” “It meant so much to him, and it’s great to see that from your captain.”
“He was magnificent on Sunday, as was Mike Williamson, who had to come in at the 11th hour because Steven Taylor was suffering sickness and vomiting.”
We don’t know what the situation is right now with Coloccini’s domestic problem.
But when Pardew meets with Ashley and Llambias after Sunday’s final game against Arsenal, he should make it a priority to try to have Fabricio serve the remaining three years of his contract – that would be a big coup for the club if we can now do that.
For the record Coloccini has played 183 times for Newcastle with 5 goals.
Mike Williamson on Sunday showed he can still ado a good job for Newcastle and we wonder what will happen to him this summer, whether he will be sold or stay to fight for a place in the Newcastle defense.
His height, he’s 6’4″ gives us some cover when we are playing against tall strikers who are decent in the air, and that;s one reason Pardew used him in the second leg against Benfica, to combat Oscar Cordozo – who didn’t actually start that game.
And Chelsea won their second European trophy in two years by beating Benfica 2-1 last night,with a last gasp header from Branislav Ivanovic, who obviously showed no ill effects from being bitten by Luis Suarez.
It was a really close game and a good one to watch.
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