He’s Been A Brilliant Player For This Football Club

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Nov 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #1

    if coloshitty plays we will lose. end of story

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    If Pardew changes the back four at the moment he is an even bigger idiot than I already think he is .

  • Harley

    Nov 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Williamson has to stay in the team. He’s played brilliant this season and it would be a massive slap in the face if he were dropped.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Harley

    I wouldn’t be surprised .

    He already benched Anita when he was doing everything right and he may do the same with Willo 🙁 .

  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Toonbrother. Collo’s a class act. Don’t call him shitty – that’s a good boy.

  • toon kk

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Colo is a good player but to me he gives up to easily if he thinks he’s going to get beat.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #7

    IMHO, the only player who is capable of walkin straight back into this back four is captain Colo. He’s got years of experience over both Willo and MYM. He orangises so well, and always adds steel to the defence. But I’d still understand if he was left out. As long as big Willo is playin I’ll be happy with either Colo or Mym partner him!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Great to have him back but for the first time this season the back four are starting to look settled, seeing as we have the worst goals conceded record outside the bottom 3 having a back four who have kept a clean sheet ( in normal time ) against two of the best teams in the league, well you simply can’t drop one of them because colo’s is back

    If there abysmal against spurs then fair enough but willo and yanga have EARNED the right to be on that team sheet against spurs
    Imo it would be a huge mistake to drop either

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Any other season I might agree, but colo is gone lets be honest and yanga is his replacement so for me the club should be looking at the long term, not pandering to one player as they have done far too many times in the past

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #10

    It maybe a better idea to bring back Coloccini against Norwich at home, rather than Tottenham at white heart lane.

  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #11

    willo and mbiwa is our best pairing at the moment why disrupt that

    coloccini on his day is our best defender but he is very prone to capitulation. something i dont see happening to our current back line

  • Harley

    Nov 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12


    I think if he were to drop one of them it will be mbiwa. I personally think he’ll keep the same back 4 but I agree with you, it wouldn’t surprise me if not.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Martin Jol should probably start packing his bags now. Fulham have collapsed as a team.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #14

    We had better start playing well against the poorer sides in the division or we have no chance of ending up in the top 10. Loss to Sunderland, draw with West Ham, loss to Hull. Those are teams we can’t afford to drop points against. Norwich is another one of those type of tests. We must get the 3 points from that game or the worry will set in again. A fighting draw against Spurs would be excellent but we must win the key games at home.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #15

    For me Arsenal are not a powerhouse yet. Just a very good side. I think they may get worn down by the long season and caught by the likes of Chelsea and Man City. They could end up third or possibly second. Still a very good recovery from the last few seasons. So many had started to write Wenger off. Better re-think that one I would say.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Jol realizes what has happened. He may have believed an older team could still perform well. For me the most disappointing player is Berbatov. What a whinger he has become! Terrible attitude that must bother a lot of the players. Jol will need money in January if he is to stay. Otherwise he’ll probably be gone in the next few days so the incoming manager has time before the January window. Glad it’s not us.

  • woolerbill

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    He was good for the club, but he is passed it. He has no legs or strength. It’s time for him to play bit parts till the end of the season, them go home.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Colloccini is arguably our best player and the skipper. He’s going to come back in inevitably, so why wait?

    I hope its Collo and another, probably Mbiwa who has such great athleticism. Willo is not needed against that nippy spurs attack on that tight pitch, plus despite his admirable and manful contributions he is still very ordinary with the ball at his feet, which Colloccini most certainly isn’t.

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew’s quite rightly praising Collo and at the sane tine singing the praises of Williamson and Mbiwa. But and it’s a big but, does he not realise that intimating that one of Williamson ir Mbiwa’s gonna be chopped is likely to be demotivating?

    Similarly, by using words such as [Collo’s] of the players we’ve got that could go into the top teams,” is likely to make all of our players wonder just what the hell they’re doing at Newcastle United – by intimation not a ‘top club’.

    They’re never going to believe in the club when Ashley’s showing no ambition and the manager’s demeaning our status.

    Ok, so we’re not a biggie but he should’t be making statements that even he, the one who should be doing his utmost to get the players to believe feel and play as though they are at ‘big’ club. It’s the belief that’s important when trying to motivate staff and as long as he runs the club down, he’s endorsing Ashley’s lack of desire.

    For hell’s sake he needs to wake up – who wants to be at a club that’s telling its players they’re gonna achieve nowt? Not any player with any ambition to win something.

    Ordinarily, any decent owner that’s hungry for success and its resultant rewards would be taking Pardew to task but…….

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Tads @9….. You’ve made a very valid and relevant point when you say that Collo’s gone soon anyway.

    That being so why bother bigging him up and in the sane breath pi$$ing Williamson and Mbiwa off?

    Short-sightedness or has he been taking advice from the world-renowned expert on psychology and motivational theory, Dr Joseph Kinnear?

  • toonbrother

    Nov 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #21

    @lesh re:Similarly, by using words such as [Collo’s] of the players we’ve got that could go into the top teams,” is likely to make all of our players wonder just what the hell they’re doing at Newcastle United – by intimation not a ‘top club’.

    this to me is the most sickening thing about pardew. Whenever he talks about us this way he emasculates the club, its fans and the players. It shows his deep seated inferiority complex which very often manifests in his tactics.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Colloccini has a World Cup place to play for, as does Mbiwa, albeit to a lesser degree. Collo also has a contract, and as far as I can tell, Ashley expects players to honor them. I don’t see a great deal of reason, considering Collo didn’t leave in the off season, to think he isn’t necessarily here to stay and honor his.

    Also, we aren’t the senior club we have been at times in more recent history and if the majority of our side were capable of stepping up, we wouldn’t be so far adrift of the top group. I think Pardew is simply telling it is like it is and I hope Ashley for one is listening.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #23

    These comments just show what an unintelligent human being pardew is.

    1. Before Colocinni’s absence we had the 3rd worst defensive record in the league and the worst of the anyteam outside the bottom 2. During this time coloshitty was a constant presence in our defence. Since Colocinni’s injury weve produced clean sheets against the likes of Chelsea and Mancity (in regulation time). And yet Pardumb thinks weve missed coloshitty

    2. Coloshitty could not walk into a top team in his dreams. When we got relegated the likes of Beye, Bassong, Owen, Martins & Viduka quickly got snapped up by the better sides. Coloshitty was stuck playing championsip football. that should tell you something

    3. Coloshitty ‘s (admittedly strong) ball playing skills tend to dazzle undiscerning fans who do not realise an ability to play the ball at ones feet is NOT a core requirement for being a central defender!. Being strong and robust when we are under pressure like Williamson was against Chelsea, City & Liverpool is what makes one a good central defender. Coloshitty crumbles whenever our backs are up against the wall like he did against City earlier in the season, Everton , Hull and so on.

    4. Coloshitty often drifts away from the central defence area for no reason whatsoever and is therefore often caught in no mans land when we concede goals. He is terrible in the air hence useless at defending freekicks and corners. He has bad reaction speed hence he is heavily dependent on his ability to anticipate attacks which he does quite well but when that fails, he dives into tackles taking unnecessary gambles. The man is a liability.. Pardews inability to see this is telling

  • mickg108

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Collo’s away in May @ the latest..I’d stick with the 2 who’ve done best in the last 2 Games,,He ferker Anita off for Tiote,,yet Tiote’s only playing @ his best,,because of Anita…And Pards always tries to put Players into “The Fenwick’s Transfer Window”..Lights On,,Fellow Bloggers..

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #25

    toonbrother @ 21


    You can see it, I can see it and others must see it – most importantantly, the players ‘ll see it and feel it.

    Surely but surely there must be somebody at the club that has access to him and he’ll listen to?

    Says a lot for the enlightened one and it’s time for our most enlightened DoF, Joe (I know everything) Kinnear Phd, MD, Llb, DD, MD, DSc, DLit, CA, MBIM, FIMechE, FIEE, CDM, GCHQ. Qwerty and BAR, to see if he can drag himself away from the bar!

  • mickg108

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #26


  • JackButler

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t even thinks there’s a point to debate, the two lads that have played the last two games deserve to keep their place in the starting 11. Pardew moans about us being inconsistent, well if he changes what is looking to be a settled back four the man’s level of stupidity and self contradiction knows no bounds

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Jimmysmith @22

    You hope Ashley for one is listening? No chance unless it’s a cash register or somebody offering to buy the drinks – ably assisted and advised by Joe (hic) Kinnear…. as crashes to the floor in a drunken stupour! But Ashley’s not daft – he’ll have made sure that Kinnear’s beer tokens have been put behind the bar along with his old Guros!

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #29

    @ 28..

    When Kinnear says ‘Guros’ he really means Giros!

  • nufc 11

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #30

    AP has to show his players form will overcome favoritism or else what’s the point for fringe players? Colo shudnt be captain he gets over praised as a top class cb bcoz he can pass but he can’t defend or head positioning and pace are shot what happens tomorrow if he plays and has a shocker Ap will look a tool without a backbone to be a man of his word.

  • stan anderson

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Cant believe people are picking Shola to start,he should not be in the frame at all,what have we become.

  • stan anderson

    Nov 9, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Also Mike Williamson is now a hero for us .Not long since he was the most hated player we had .Shame on you all.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Marriner has to be the worst Ref in the league. I expect he will be getting a nice fat paycheck from Abramovic tonight as well.

    If that was at the Hawthorns and a WBA player went down nothing would be given I guarentee you . Total joke .

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Will annoy me if Mbiwa or Willo are dropped for this game they were animals at the back against Chelsea in that 2nd half getting in the road of everything their confidence will be high Spurs are not that great in the air Sissoko , Willo and Mbiwa shoud be able to trouble them at set pieces ?!?

    I hate how we always stand together and then run we should do set pieces the way Liverpool do it with players spread all over the box creating space they scored 2 goals against Fulham using that tactic

    Adam Lallana what a player just wish we had a youngster like that coming through our ranks

  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #35

    stan anderson @31

    Didn’t Shola start against Chelsea and did what he was meant to do?

    And Williamson likewise?

    Horses for courses Stan and it looks as though Pardew might just employ the same tactics at Sperz as he did against Chelsea? Soak it up and then go for them when they’re fagged out?

    It worked so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  • davis_toons

    Nov 10, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #36

    How did Williamson become a footballer without knowing how to control a football under his feet?


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