Alan Pardew compared Fabricio Coloccini last season to the great Bobby Moore, who led England to a Word Cup win in 1966 at Wembley, and that’s still the only time England have reached the final, although Sir Bobby Robson almost had us there in 1990, but we lost on penalties to West Germany.
Fabricio Coloccini in training last month
And Newcastle fans saw just how important the Argentine International is to Newcastle, when we missed him for a couple of months earlier this year, after he injured his back against Southampton, but he came back for the last three games of the season and Newcastle’s defense actually looked good for a change.
Alan Pardew talked about his captain today in the local press, and again compared him to Bobby Moore:
“He’s our captain and you only have to look at the stats when he plays.” “We defend better, our record with goals against is better and he’s a natural leader of the team in terms of what he does on the pitch.”
“He’s not a particularly big spokesman in the dressing room but he leads by example.” “I’ve compared him to Bobby Moore and I’ve no embarrassment in doing that.”
“He’s very, very similar. Everything I’ve been told about Bobby Moore, Colo is. Lead by example, right attributes, train hard, work hard and play at the very highest level. That’s what Colo gives us.”
And of course one huge success we’ve already had this summer, is in persuading Colo to stay on Tyneside, after he wanted to return to Buenos Aries because of a personal family problems in January.
But Colo came out in June and said he would stay at Newcastle – that’s much better news than most if us realize.
There’s no doubt that Colo is a top player for Newcastle, and let’s hope he can stay fully fit next term.
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