It looks like this will be the last season with Fabricio Coloccini as the Newcastle captain – and the Argentine International could also even be sold next summer – so this could be his final year on Tyneside – his eighth season at the club.
Fabricio is one of the many players who have not had a good season so far, although on his day he is still a steadying influence at the back but he has been inconsistent – one week he looks good the next week he looks poor.
Gini Wijnaldum – we do care
And the person most likely to take over the captaincy from Colo is the likeable and talented Gini Wijnaldum who has not been shy to talk about the crisis building again at Newcastle.
This is what Gini has told the Mirror today about what happened in the talks between manager Steve McClaren and the players last week:
“The manager explained he was not mad, just disappointed that we don’t play with spirit, we don’t fight to win the game and we don’t do it as a team.”
“Sometimes the body language looks like they don’t care. But of course they care. I have spoken with every player. They do care. We all want it going well with the club.”
“The players spoke with each other. Everyone said their thing, and had their say. It was a good thing. We listened to each other and we understand what each other is thinking.”
“You need to do it, or it reaches a point when you don’t get changed any more. It is better to do it and let it go.”
“What is the mood? Angry? Of course. We are disappointed in ourselves. We want to react.”
“The manager said our game level dropped so much. We compared how Leicester was against the Chelsea game and others.”
“We were way below the averages in terms of running and the stats.”
It´s very good that has happened between the manager and between the players – there´s nothing like good communication to sort out problems.
But whether we can get anything out of the game today at Crystal Palace is a good question.
We´d be very surprised if we can avoid a defeat and most fans agree with that prediction.
The problem is after this game we face Liverpool and Tottenham before we have a crunch game against Aston Villa at home – the proverbial 6 pointer.
We should really be going all out to get three points this afternoon.
A win is what the doctor ordered – that´s for sure.
What do you think?