Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has been on compassionate leave in Argentina after a death in his family, and the Argentine International will return to Newcastle this week, and he should be able to line up at Craven Cottage against Fulham next Saturday.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – expected to drop to the bench at Craven Cottage
Coloccini missed the game at Hull at the last minute, and was allowed to travel to South America to be with his family, and at the time that was felt to be a big blow to the team before their tough game at Hull.
But Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa came in and had a strong game alongside Mike Williamson in central defense, and after Hull missed a few good chances in the first half, the Magpies dominated the game in the second half and went on to be worthy 4-1 winners, in what was an excellent performance.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“We’re sad to see what has happened to Colo and his family. He’s got our love. Those who came in done a great job.”
But of Colo does come back in, which is very likely, then it will be the unlucky Mapou who drops to the bench.
The French International has been inconsistent for Newcastle this season but in at least half the games he’s looked the part for Newcastle, such as at Hull, and we are hoping he will improve and eventually be a starter at the club.
Newcastle’s squad is likely to change quite a bit this summer, and we still don’t know if Coloccini will still be around come September, so there’s still a future for Mapou on Tyneside, if he can keep putting in performances like he did at Hull City.
What do you think?