Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini came under heavy criticism for both his form and attitude in the second half of last season under interim coach John Carver, and at times Colo didn’t seem to care too much about just how bad Newcastle were playing.
That was during that terrible eight game losing streak towards the end of the season – the first time that’s ever happened to Newcastle in the Premier League.
Fabricio Coloccini – current Newcastle captain
It could have been Carver’s inexperience, poor man-management and lack of leadership from the coach that was passed onto the players, but we have some leaders in the squad who could become good captains at Newcastle.
They include Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, new boy Georginio Wijnaldum and local lad Jack Colback.
Steve McClaren addressed the captain concerns at Miller Park yesterday in Milwaukee after training with the lads:
“Look, I know that’s an issue, and something everybody’s interested in.” “But, for me, not for this moment. I’m not thinking about who’s captain, or going to be captain.”
“At this moment, Coloccini is the captain.” “Each game we play, maybe we’ll have a different captain. I like to do that, especially in pre-season.”
“For the moment, if Coloccini plays, Coloccini is captain.”
It’s unlikely but possible that new signing Wijnaldum, the former PSV captain could get the job this summer, and Daryl Janmaat seems a big favorite with fans.
We also have the former Ajax captain Siem de Jong, who hardly played much at all last year but is fit again.
Here’s a poll to get an idea who fans may want as our new captain – should McClaren decide that’s necessary.
One vote per reader.