There’s been a lot of publicity this year surrounding the personal problems of Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini with his wife and kids now living in Buenos Aries, and Fabricio tried to leave Newcastle and join San Lorenzo last January, but was unsuccessful.
Fab Coloccini – in his comeback game at West Ham
And if there was any doubt about Colo’s value to Newcastle as a player or captain it was put to rest after Fabricio returned after his back injury and steadied the Newcastle defense in helping Newcastle get 4 points out of our last three games in which we conceded only two goals, and the Argentine was simply a massive presence at the back for the Magpies.
And Colo is also a first class professional who doesn’t particularly like to talk to the press, but he said he would be giving 100% for the team despite his personal predicament and that’s exactly what he did.
So we think it would be massive if Newcastle can get Coloccini to see out the remaining three years of his contract, and maybe the Argentine can help lead Newcastle back to a top six place in the Premier league next season, which is certainly possible despite the doom and gloom at the moment surrounding the team.
There was some good news in the Evening Chronicle yesterday that Colo will likely be back on Tyneside next season and has been told the club will support him in every way they can to over come his personal situation, and also that he will remain captain of the side..
We had reported last Wednesday that Marcelo Tinelli, an Argentine TV host and businessman, along with other Argentine businessmen were trying to raise money to help San Lorenzo buy Coloccini.
And the big news yesterday reported in the Chronicle was that San Lorenzo have failed to convince that group of businessmen to provide funds to buy the Argentine International.
The business group want to provide money to the Buenos Aries club but would prefer to be spent on younger players and a source from San Lorenzo had this to say:
“They feel that the money could bring in a number of younger players instead. And that’s how it would be spent.” “It now looks impossible that Coloccini could play here next season. It looks like the end of the story.” “Even big clubs like Boca Juniors and River Plate are struggling financially here.”
Coloccini is currently with Argentina but didn’t play in the 0-0 draw with Columbia in Buenos Aries on Friday night in the World Cup qualifier which left Argentina still well clear at the top of the South American group.
Alan Pardew had a talk with Colo after the last game of the season, and he has been left in no doubt that Newcastle are willing to help him in any way they can – if Colo will continue to give Newcastle 100% on and off the field, and remain the captain.
It’s looking good that Colo will be willing to do just that when he returns to training on Thursday July 11th, after being given an extra week off because of his participation in the World Cup qualifiers.
For the record, Colo has so far played 184 times for Newcastle with 5 goals, and has been an excellent acquisition for the club since we signed him from Deportivo for £10.4M in the summer of 2008.