The local press reported in mid-week that Fabricio Coloccini would be playing in today’s game but not only did he not play but he wasn’t even with the squad.
And with the papers continually reporting he is wanted by Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, then it could be that he and Newcastle have decided to part ways – which is maybe why he didn’t even make the trip to Sheffield today.
Fabricio Coloccini arriving for West Ham game
It could have been his last game for Newcastle.
Colo is still the captain, and it was interesting that Daryl Janmaat was names the captain for the day – and he is the favorite among Newcastle fans to become the new captain at the club.
Colo has been troubled by an Achilles injury which is why he’s missed games up to this point, but he is fit again and was expected to start.
With one year left on his contract it was thought that if we get two top class center-backs in over the summer months, then it might be a good time for Colo to leave – and maybe even get a two year deal at Palace.
And yesterday in the Chronicle there was a report that Newcastle would offer both Papiss Cisse and Fab Coloccini for sale, and the club still need a clear-out of players this summer.
We may be reading too much into this – but maybe we can get a clarification on the situation from Steve McClaren.