McClaren – This Player Still Plays A Vital Role


Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has yet to play in pre-season, but Steve McClaren thinks the center-back is close to full fitness, and he has had a little niggle that has kept him out of all the games so far this summer.

McClaren is impressed with Colo’s professionalism and form in training, and the Argentine was at the game last night at York as he watched from the stands.

fab coloccini looking glum

Fabricio Coloccini – injured so far this summer

The head coach will be hoping the captain will be available for our last pre-season game against Borussia Monchengladbach at home on Saturday afternoon.

If the 39 times capped Argentine Intentional can play some part in that game, he could well start the next weekend in our first league game at home to Southampton.

Mbemba will not be ready by then, and the next best choices are Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about Colo today:

“We want to see him out on the field and we have to get to that situation very soon.¨

“I’ve come in, he’s done very well in training, he’s got a little niggle but we want to see him playing, because he’s the captain and he plays a vital role.”

Newcastle fielded Lubo Satka and Jamaal Lascelles at center-back last night, but it’s clear both youngsters are not ready for the first team yet.

Alan Pardew is said to want Coloccini at Crystal Palace, but we hope Newcastle keep Colo this season.

With his vast experience he can still do a job for Newcastle, even if it means he will become a free agent next summer when his contract runs out.

It’s better to have him available for next season, than to take the £3M we could probably get him for him this summer.

The club should have learned from last season that money in the bank doesn’t help the team on the field.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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252 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Expat

    If I throw enough names out there I’ll get one right eventually
    Ha ha ha

    BTW it is still gloomy at Edgbaston so your bowlers should get plenty of movement

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  • beefman13

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Colo is too slow, hopes at defending crosses and corners, decent on the ball, but Howay man, we have all surely had our fill of the bloke, back up?? Just about, but that’s it, sod of back to san lorenzo mate.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    When Keegan played with wing backs in the good old days, Barry Venison used to be the middle, more advanced CB,and would assault anyone who looked like getting passed him, while still having 2 CBs to cover if he missed. Does anyone think Colo could still have a role here doing that? Covering the back four, where his lack of pace is not so important?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Past*

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  • Graeme

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    We have been waiting for the “Real” collo to reappear for the last 3 seasons. I dont think we will ever see it.
    We need a quality CB to pair with Chancer, keep either Saylor or Williams with Dummet as the back ups. If we start our season with the same defence as last 2 seasons, with only the addition of Chancer, we are in trouble before we even start!!!

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    @nufc just posted official away kit

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    @Magpie Season – Darlow will probably be the number 2? Think Krul has long needed a bit of competition so its good he’s going to be around. Hes also played over a 100 championship games so not sure anymore loans will benefit him! TK rarely gets through a season playing all the games, if Darlow can notch 12-15 games here next season, maybe do the cup games it might benefit him more

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    Colo certainly seems to have the eye for spotting stuff early on.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Still means we have to sign another CB on top of mbemba, of course, but it would mean not having to buy a DMF, which many think we need.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10
  • Magpie Season

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    jay,

    Really? Hmm. Unfair to Elliot then because whenever he played he performed well. That cup match against Manchester City being one I remember.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    actually according to that article it says Woodman has already gone

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib

    Yeah his eye for the game is fine, but i dont think his body lets him keep up with the demands of CB. Also, if he is to remain captain, DMF is an ideal position to run the game from,imo.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Colo still has a role to play. If we play possession football higher up the field like McClaren seems to be pushing for then he far suited to that than any other CB we have (not counting mbemba)
    Sad fact is, (again not counting Mbemba) is the best centreback we have. Lascelles is young and has potential but unless we’re going to sell Taylor/willo first and bring in 3 more CB (which we’re not) then for me it makes sense to keep him for his last season. Should replace the worst players in each position first

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Does that mean we will get Eric Steele?

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp
    Yeah it could work out , esp with someone as energetic as Wijnaldum to be an outlet for him.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Jan–Mbemba–NewCB–had
    ———-Colo
    —sdj——–gini

    Front—-line—-tba

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  • richyg01

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone else think £7M for Joel Campbell is worth a punt rather than £15M for Austin? Would leave £8M in the kitty for Van Dyjk

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  • Slank

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Jay (from previous posting)

    From what I have seen of Van Dijk he looks very stylish somewhat reminiscent of the great Beckenbauer.

    However, I watched Vuckic play for Rangers and he looked world class compared with all the other players from Rangers.

    With Jean-Alain Boumsong in my mind I’m wondering whether the slightly above average player in Scotland becomes the slightly below average player in the Premiership.

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    To be fair
    Celtic are currently light years ahead of Rangers

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  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    ycmiu …… more likely with colo play in there you would end up with colo 3 in the middle and 2 up front maybe that’s why they want austin so badly

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Hibit

    Yeah that would make sense. At least it means the formation is versatile. We would have a plan B for once.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    @magpie season – Thing with Elliot is he’s zero chance of getting any better. heard he doesn’t take conditioning and diet very seriously (can see this in his weight) and as such gets injured a lot! Always thought Elliot’s strength was his bravery, Hes a good 3rd choice but for me never has a shot at being good enough to be first choice whereas Darlow has the potential to be a premier league keeper.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Dont know where the second ‘b’ went

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  • Slank

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib @ 20

    That is true but the overall quality of opposition that Celtic have to face each season is probably nearer to our League 1 than our Premiership.

    However, sometimes players rise to the occasion when migrating to higher level. Van Dijk may be one of them.

    Perez is probably the best example. Van Dijk is probably worth a punt. Certainly better than not having anyone else coming in.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    @Slank – weird thing about Boumsong was he did very well in france, well in Italy and even well in the champions league. No idea what happened to him in England, was abysmal but his overall career he was a very good centreback.
    He was decent in his first season for us, just the following one he was dreadful.
    Wiki claims his girlfriend was seriously ill at that time and he had big personal problems… some players just aren’t suited to some clubs I think

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  • Malackay

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think Colo has the legs for that DM role anymore. If you look at the amount of ground a Colback/Tiote/Anita cover in that position, it’s significant. To be honest not sure on who my first 11 would be at the minute, I’d lean toward

    Krul

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara

    Colback Wijnaldum

    Sissoko SDJ Perez

    Mitrovic

    But you easily make a case for Tiote, Anita, Aarons, Cabella and Cisse to be in there. I think we are just really lacking another CB (in addition to CM) and a Left Back as I think Haidara is suspect defensively.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    ycmip,,,,,that’s happened with my user name somehow a T has vanish off the end there should be a double T

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29
  • jayphoto

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Got a few mates that are celtic fans. They reckon Van Dijk is there best and strongest player in every single position.
    To be fair he didn’t look out of place in their champions league group stages. Don’t think he’s played for Holland yet?

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    @19 slank

    I would look good in the scot prem and im 50 lol
    I think Van Dyke would struggle in our PL,its at least 2 steps up from what he,s used to,in every way.
    We dont seem have much money left in the kitty so i suppose he,s the one CB mentioned that we could possibly afford.

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  • Slank

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #32

    jayphoto @ 26

    The Jon Dahl Tomasson curse !

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    if colo stays he should play as a sweeper in a 343.
    Probably still do a job there.

    sweeper behind 2 x CBs, 2 x Wing backs, 2 x hard working midfield players and a fluent front 3

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #34

    This blog is shjt harrumph!!

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  • Slank

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Malackay @ 27

    For the Southampton game I’m not too sure that Mbemba will be fully fit but McClaren may assess that a not fully fit Mbemba is better than a fully fit Saylor.

    As much as I like Perez I would play Aarons instead. The rest of the team picks itself.

    Krul

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara

    Colback Wijnaldum

    Sissoko SDJ Aarons

    Mitrovic

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #36

    So any news on how long Aarons is out for?

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    I think Colo could be useful, but needs the right players around him. A bit like Demichelis maybe. He’s has experience and skill. You can’t say that about any of our other CB options. But he does need a big strong player beside him at the centre of the defence. I know nothing about Mbemba as a player really, but he has no height, which would be a major issue if it were to be him and Colo together. Taylor and Williamson are basically useless as we know, and Lascelles looks like an average Championship player, no better. So, I’d keep Colo on the proviso that we brought in a suitable player to partner him. As it stands, even with Mbemba coming in, our centre of defence is a disaster waiting to happen.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Let’s not rewrite Boumsong’s history! He did well in a poor French, Greek and Scottish leagues, plus okay in Serie B. Wasn’t considered good enough for Serie A, and poor in the Prem.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39

    That away kit is rank

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #40

    Your opinion is rank

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