Newcastle fans seem to be happy with the three players we have brought in so far this summer, but from our play in pre-season that defense of ours is still the big weakness, and for the last three season we’ve let in 63 goals, 59 goals and a massive 68 goals – so that’s 190 goals in total in three seasons and it’s simply not good enough.
The good news is that Steve McClaren seems well aware of that – and he has said today – talking to BBC Newcastle – that the club are on the look-out for defensive reinforcements.
Steve McClaren – trying to improve the defense
This is what Steve has said on BBC Radio Newcastle about the Newcastle defense:
“We’re always on the lookout – we’re always open to that.” “We’ve got the personnel, but we’re always searching for better. It’s (the defense) is one big area we’re looking at.”
“We know you can’t win anything with a bad defense. That’s one thing we’re trying to address.” “Coloccini is the most experienced player, and my dealings with him have been tremendous.”
“We’ve had long, long talks. “He wants to stay here so I am delighted,” “Do I need to change the captain? Why do I need to unsettle everything – he carries on.”
It’s now certain that McClaren will keep Fabricio Coloccini in the captain’s role for the coming season, and he seems to have seen enough of Colo both on and off the field to think he’s still an important player for the club.
The fact they’ve had long talks and McClaren is pleased, shows they have a mutual respect for each other, and McClaren seems to trust the 33 year-old Argentine – and that’s important to have between a head coach and his captain.
Certainly at his best Fabricio has a real calming influence at the back for Newcastle, and although he’s older now he was never quick, so his speed or lack thereof is not a problem.
His attributes of positional play and reading of a game plus his skill on the ball are still there – it’s just been a long time since we saw him in action.
Yes, he was terrible last season in that second half of the season – but we did quite well in the first half and had those six wins in a row, so the players weren’t that bad.
It was the influence of the inexperienced and narcissistic John Carver that had a lot to do with the collapse in the second half of the season.
John just wasn’t up to the job – plain and simple.
And if that’s true, we should see some of our players playing a lot better this season under Steve McClaren, and that includes Fabricio Coloccini.
It hasn’t helped that Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace has wanted to sign Coloccini all summer, but it looks like Newcastle are not going to let Colo go – and he will spend the final year of his contract on Tyneside.