McClaren´s BIg Gamble Is Not Paying Off

Steve McClaren had made a big thing of it in the week before our first game at home to Southampton when he signed Fab Coloccini to a year extension on his contract and he is now at the club until the summer of 2017.

And Steve at the same time announced Colo would continue as captain and at the time the new Newcastle head coach seemed relieved.

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Fabricio Coloccini – in action at West Ham

Coloccini played quite well in the first four games of the season and he had a terrific game at Old Trafford.

But at West Ham a week ago and against Watford on Saturday he had two poor games and our defense once again looked weak and vulnerable and we basically lost both games by poor first half performances.

After the game on Saturday and our third league defeat on the trot, Steve was asked by the local journalists to comment on Colo´s form and he avoided answering the question.

This is what he said:

“You lose football matches, individuals are settling in.” “Some players have been magnificent in games, and others aren’t playing up to their level – to their unusual standard.”

“So you are always going to get indifference.” “When you lose matches, not everyone is going to play well.”

“It’s a team and not about individuals – and we lost because we conceded two goals. It could have been more. We fought back in the second half, and could have got something out of it.”

Newcastle fans wanted another center-back and another striker brought in over the summer, and while we were pleased with the four players the Board brought in, our defense has still looked vulnerable.

We do have Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson available to partner Chancel Mbemba – who generally has looked the part for Newcastle since he arrived.

If Colo´s form does not improve then McClaren may be forced to drop the captain – for the good of the team – and if he has to do that that will be a blow for the new head coach.

And his gamble of relying on the Argentine this season will look like it will not pay off.

If we continue to lose and Colo´s form doesn´t improve we should see Taylor or Williamson come in.

Unfortunately both are injured at the moment and of the two, Steven Taylor seems to play well for McClaren, but he has done his hamstring in again.

Jamaal Lascelles needs more time before he can start playing in the Newcastle first team.

If we continue to struggle at the bottom of the table through the end of the year look for the club to try to bring in another central defender in January.

It´s a (very) worrying time for the Magpies after what happened last season – there´s no doubt about that.

Surely we don´t have to go through yet another season fighting relegation?

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