When Mike Williamson was at Newcastle for six years he often talked about how he had learned from his center-back partner Fabricio Coloccini – and he always said he thought Fabricio was just a fantastic player and so easy to play with.
Coloccini has been under the microscope this season on Tyneside – and the Newcastle captain came under intense criticism at the start of the season, as we pickled up only 3 points in the first eight league games.
Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson at Newcastle
This is what Mike Williamson – now at Wolves – had to say about the 39 times capped Argentine International:
“He’s a good guy, a good friend,” “And undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever played with. In my eyes, he should have far more caps for Argentina.”
“Colo’s never been that vocal but I think we complemented each other as a pair. I organised, kept the shape. Technically, he’s incredible and he reads the game so well.”
“He’s not slow by any means. But I think he’s a perfect example of why centre-halves develop later. Experience is more crucial there than in any other position. The older you get, the more you can predict situations and react before it occurs.”
“He’s a master at that.”
Recently Coloccini has regained his old form and put in some very good performances at the back for the club – and he’s shown some leadership on and off the pitch too.
We were still surprised when Williamson was allowed to leave Newcastle to join Wolves – since we thought he could still have done a job this season for the Magpies.