It was great news last night when Coloccini ended the mystery, and told Argentine TV that he was staying at Newcastle for next season, and in truth – that’s a massive positive for Newcastle and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Douglas – wants first team football next season
There’s simply no doubt that Colo isn’t just a top Premier League player, who made the Premier League Team of the Season last summer, but he also is the leader of the side, and having the first team around for dinner at his house in May, showed just how close our lads really are.
But the timing of his stay has come at an awkward time, as Newcastle’s top defensive target, Douglas, who becomes a free agent at the end of the month when his contract runs out at FC Twente. has said he wants first team football at the club he will join this summer.
One reason is that he has ambitions to make the Dutch squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
The news is that Newcastle seem to be in the lead for the 6’4″ Brazilian, with some other top clubs also interested, but if he does arrive at Newcastle he’ll have to fight for his place and will be up against Colo, Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
If Douglas does arrive this summer, we have to believe that Mike Williamson will be sold, and there will be a number of clubs after Mike, who has done well at Newcastle, since he signed for just £1M in January, 2010 from Portsmouth and immediately filled in for the injured Steven Taylor in the Championship winning season.
And there is news in the Journal today that Mike, valued at around £2M – is close to a move to Cardiff City – so he could continue playing on the Premier League next season.
We hope Douglas decides to come to Newcastle, and with Colo leading the side, we have to believe that our defense will be a lot stronger than last season, after we conceded 68 goals last term – the worst ever for any Newcastle side in the Premier League.
And Douglas is also good from set plays, and he’s scored 16 goals in about 245 appearances for FC Twente – and as a contrast Mike Williamson still has to score for Newcastle after 101 first team appearances.
We think Douglas would be a great acquisition for Newcastle – and hopefully he will be willing to fight for his place on Tyneside – what do you think?
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