Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised his captain Fabricio Coloccini to high heaven today, so maybe the Argentine International will be coming back to lead the team at White Hart Lane tomorrow afternoon – and maybe not.
Fabricio Coloccini – could return tomorrow
Colo was signed for around £10.6M from Spanish club Deportivo in the summer of 2008, while Kevin Keegan was manager at the club, and apart from that first season, when he was adjusting to football in England, Colo has been a great player for Newcastle.
But in Colo’s four game absence with a groin injury, both Mike Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa have been in very good form, and one of them may be unlucky to be left out tomorrow.
This is what Alan Pardew said about his captain today:
“Colo’s been a brilliant player for this football club – one of the players we’ve got that could go into the top teams,” “It’s very important that he’s back. He’s in good shape. “
“That’s a boost for us, for sure.” “It’s a tough decision. The most important thing is we pay tribute to the boys since he’s been out.”
“I thought they were terrific against Man City (in the club’s 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat) and they followed that up with the Chelsea performance.”
“They’re two top teams.: “You have to say they’ve done great.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle manager, and Mike and Mapou have been in great form in the last couple of games.
Pardew could play an unchanged side tomorrow at Tottenham, and the only change he is likely to make is to bring Colo back into the side, but if Coloccini is on the bench then Cheick Tiote will be the captain, and he’s played great for Newcastle while he’s been the stand-in captain for Newcastle.