Things Are Improving At Newcastle – Here’s A Test

There was some news today that Fabricio Coloccini may  be leaving Newcastle, based on him not being included in the squad for the game against Borussia Monchengladbach – the final game of pre-season.

But another simpler explanation was that he couldn’t play because of his Achilles injury, so that’s why he wasn’t even on the bench.

fab coloccini everton 3-2 at home

Fabricio Coloccini – injured but McClaren wants to keep him

That seems to be have been the case, following some comments made by Steve McClaren after the game today.

It looks like McClaren has been impressed with what he has seen of the Argentine in training, and also with his professionalism.

This is what the Newcastle head coach said when asked if Coloccini would be staying at Newcastle:

“I don’t see why not.” “He’s got a year left on his contract.” “I’ve come in and they asked me to have a look at the players. I’ve looked and Coloccini is one player I said I want to be here.”

It seems that Steve McClaren has some sway with things at Newcastle, and certainly more than Alan Pardew ever did.

It may be because he’s come into the club at a time when owner Mike Ashley has seen the errors of his ways in trying to run the club like a normal business, and not spending enough money on the squad.

Mike Ashley has said he will spend big money to strengthen the squad this summer and so far that certainly been happening.

Steve McClaren also doesn’t suffer fools easily, and therefore when he is asked who he wants to stay in the squad this summer, he expects the players he names to be in the squad and not sold.

Of course that’s the way a club should be run.

It will be interesting to see if that happens and if Fabricio Coloccini will still be with us come September.

Given the defense has been our big weakness over the last three seasons, he’s still our most accomplished center-back with massive  experience in the Premier League, and this will also be his last season of eight on Tyneside.

Last season may have been his worst season at Newcastle, apart from that first season when he was getting used to English football and it was a turbulent season to say the least – and we were relegated.

Coloccini will therefore  certainly be motivated to do well this season, and McClaren could even keep him as captain.

But it is still complicating things when Coloccini hasn’t played one competitive minute under the new head coach.

What do you think?.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Starting the season with the same back-four, that have conceded, on average 60 goals a season, for 3 seasons, is suicidal.
    We have added one 20 year-old CB, who could become an immense player for us. Why saddle him with any of the incumbent back four? Keep Janmaat, keep either Saylor or Willow the other 2 CB’s should be removed before window closes and 2 quality CB’s brought in.
    If we can reduce the goals against, by 20 – 25 a season, the benefit to the team would be massive.

  • Belfast

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I was expecting a test there?

    It’s very likely he’s been promised a move, and they aren’t playing him incase he gets injured.

    Don’t think he’ll end up at Palace though, probably Spain, Greece or back to Argentina.

    The bloke hasn’t been the same player from he tried to force his exit in my opinion.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Should have bought Huth when he was available for 3 million ! Was immense for Leicester last season

    We need premier league experience at the back , would even take a loan in or 2 of a player from one of the top 4 if we cant get our top targets in anyone decent to fill the gap !

    Would not mind us trying to get that Davies from Spurs on loan for left back as Rose is first choice

  • toon kk

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #4

    your right. Personally our squad has several flaws, from poor defence, lack of pace and creativity and simply being able to score.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Gramme – exactly. However I would be gob smacked if they didn’t anything as sensible as that. No we will go with what we have yet again. Hot air from Ashley. No revolution to see here.

  • Looney_toon_89

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Knew when squad numbers were sent out austin wouldnt be coming. Why would they give cisse number nine if they were going to give it to austin. Disapointed that newcastle didnt taje the 9m offer for cisse when they got it and put that money into the transfer this could have gone ahead. As it is looks like we will probably sign one more player, a cheap alternative to thauvin when newcastle realise we cant have him.
    Im a fan of cisse and his 11 in 22 shows hes dangerous i just hope he stays fit, and i thought newcastle would cash in while its an option.

  • Graeme

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #7

    OAS @ 5 – we dont need revolution though. Evolution would work very well. Changing 3 of the back 4, in one hit, is a huge gamble, so do it 2 this window, 2 next window.
    They should have brought 1 in last summer, 1 last winter – but of course they sat with their finger up their butt, counting their penny’s!!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Well it looks like according to mcclaren that there will be no new players in before the southampton game.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Just read that man city have only won three games in pre season and one of those was in a penalty shoot out.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem with Achilles heels are that they are well an ” Achilles heel” situation. If Colo and Taylor are both injury prone then playing performances apart ( good or bad ) they should be rotated otherwise the squad and defence will yet again be seriously compromised.
    Mwemba and Van Dijk seems an obvious partnership with Colo and the rest as back up and available for Cup a Games against lesser opposition .
    It’s not rocket science , is it ?

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #11

    At least mbemba will play in the centre on Sunday, might work with him and one of the three stooges.

  • Menelauos

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Buy Ginter and Shaqiri. Window done. Just another £25mil.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Graeme – I would be happy if they just brought in another centre back and a right winger at this point. I don’t expect them to fill all the gaps. The noises from schteve sound like we are done in this window unless something changes. However if we are looking safe in January I bet we don’t sign anyone. It was just hot air from Ashley.

  • Boot Boy

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Obertan playing football is like watching a cat trying to swim!!

    Willo couldnt time a tackle with gaydar!!

    Cisses “first touch” gets him into all sorts of trouble. He cant marry the football tho!!!


  • banjax

    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #15

    McClaren probably had the sense to have his say at the the club put into his contract. But that aside a least McClaren is telling supporters what is going at the club and for example we are told to expect a few players leaving the club after he has had a chance to weigh them up. For my part there players like Williamson, Taylor, Gouffran, Obertan, Marveaux and Rivierre add to that Tiote and Colo ( because his heart doesn’t seem to be at the club now) and that is pretty much it. I would keep Cisse because with Mitrovich and possibly Austen we can cover Injuries, rotations and more importantly see who develops a better scoring partnership. We need Two more defenders, winger, another playmaker in midfield and a forward. That’s what we need, but we may have to wait until another window to get our first choices.

  • Big Archie

    Aug 2, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #16

    A tad presumptuous there Ed saying that McClaren doesnt suffer fools easily then adding that when he is asked who he wants to stay in the squad this summer, he expects the players he names to be in the squad and not sold.
    Not so much to do with suffering fools as accepting his place in the pecking order.

    Plus – I think the phrase is “suffer fools gladly”


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