Center Back Now A Top Target To Replace Coloccini

There’s news today in the local press today, that Newcastle are starting a search to replace Fabricio Coloccini, who is reported to be leaving Newcastle this summer.

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Fabricio Coloccini – leaving in the summer?

Newcastle were linked with 24 year-old Sevilla center-back Jaun Cala a couple of days ago, and his contract ends in June, so he would be available as a free agent at that time, if he doesn’t sign a new deal with his home town club before then.

And Newcastle were linked with the impressive 19 year-old French U21 International center-back Kurt Zouma of St Etienne in the summer, and could follow up on the player this summer.

And another target is said to be 24 year-old West Ham’s James Tomkins of West Ham, but we wonder if this lad is good enough, since he cannot seem to nail down a starting place in the London side.

Coloccini agreed to stay at Newcastle last June only for this season, but the basic issue that his family is now resident in Buenos Aries still exists, and it’s thought that Coloccini will push for a move back to Argentina in the summer.

And the fact that his close friend Jonas Gutierrez has moved to Norwich City, initially on loan, could also help Colo decide his time is up at Newcastle at the end of the season.

If this news is true it will be important to hold onto Steven Taylor, and we saw on Sunday that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is still getting used to the physical demands of the Premier League.

And we don’t know how young Curtis Good is doing in the U21 side, and the 20 year-old Australian surprisingly has not been sent out on loan this season to get first team games.

It could be that Newcastle’s top targets in the summer are a center-back and a center-forward, as we are going to be short of strikers if both Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy leave the club this summer.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 15, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Confused club .

    By the way, what happened to Curtis Good and Bigirimana?

  • Milner

    Jan 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    How old is Willo? Do we think he’ll still be on top form next season? And with Mapou as defence cover in general, i’d say we’ll need a min 2 CBs of good quality.

    Same goes for strikers, 2 if we lose remy and shola is an absolute minimum – should get a young guy as cover also.

  • Slank

    Jan 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Must assume that Colo will be gone this summer and, as Ed rightly says, with his best mate Jonas going too it seals his departure.

    I remember Llambias saying when they bought him that he was a star but almost immediately there was a huge outcry from all the ‘knowledgeable’ fans that the club was wasting its money on a dud and his initial performances suggested as such but that, as it turned out, was just a blip in an otherwise excellent playing career and captaincy for us who remained loyal when so many others jumped ship when we got relegated.

    I wish him and Jonas well.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Williamson has done well this year, but a lot of his ability cracks are covered up by the amount of bodies which we have back most of the time. It helps him out a lot I reckon.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5


    Agree with that. I would say that we need to get at least one cb and one cf NOW and the same again in summer plus wingers and a replacement for the inevitable Cabaye sale

  • Edd Case

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Sick of us being linked with French players.

    We should be looking at the English leagues and English players, the Scottish youngsters are also looking good.
    In fact, throughout the entire UK there is bags of potential.
    Let’s get some UK talent from the lower leagues in instead of untested and untried European youngsters.

  • breno95

    Jan 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    certainly need a new CB to partner Yanga next season.
    2 would be better as long both are an improvement on taylor and williamson.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    German Pezella-the only choice for me


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