Fabricio Coloccini’s slight Achilles injury has meant that he has not played at all in pre-season, and that seems to have put a spanner in the works as far as Steve McClaren is concerned because it looks like he sees Coloccini as a man who can still play a part for Newcastle in the coming season.
And with the head coach saying that he has talked to the Argentine International and Fabricio wants to see out the last year of his contract on Tyneside, it could be that McClaren keeps him as club captain for his last season at Newcastle.
Two senior players – Daryl Janmaat with Papiss Cisse in training
McClaren has once again played down the importance of the captaincy and expects his senior players, who include Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse among others, to be leaders on and off the field.
This is what Steve has said to the local journalists about who will be captain:
“You’ll find that out this week, because it’s been passed around all over the place, hasn’t it?” “I think there’s only me that’s not worn it.”
“We have a senior group of players and what I’ve done is passed it around the senior group.” “I’ve been asked before every game.”
“But you know what – it’s not that I don’t care, but they should all be captains.” “We have a senior group of players and what I’ve done is passed it around the senior group.”
“Coloccini is the club captain. Will he play next week? We don’t know.’“Will he be captain next week?” “We don’t know.“
“Let’s first get him on the training field, let’s get him playing and see if he can start.”
It’s going to be touch and go whether Coloccini will play on Sunday against Southampton, but we have an inkling that Steve McClaren will stay with Coloccini as captain.
Steve McClaren may have doubts about the captaincy but there’s not much doubt with fans – they want to see right-back Daryl Janmaat as the new Newcastle captain – and he’s captained the side once in pre-season.
What do you think?