It has to be odds-on that Jonjo Shelvey will get the chance to captain Newcastle against both Stoke City and Bournemouth in the two vital upcoming Premier League games with Coloccini out injured.
Of course two wins would be just fantastic and the least we have to hope for is 4 points otherwise Steve McClaren may be big trouble.
We simply cannot have another let-down at Stoke a week tomorrow.
Jonjo Shelvey after a terrific debut against the Hammers
Jonjo Shelvey showed he is a vocal kind of captain on Saturday and certainly not afraid to have a go at players who don’t pull their weight – and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the players respond to a Kevin Nolan in-your-face kind of captain in the next two games.
Kevin was a fabulous captain for Newcastle but only for a year – and he left for West Ham in the summer of 2011 and Kevin reminded us very much of Jimmy Scoular, the Newcastle captain when we took Manchester City apart 3-1 in the 1955 FA Cup final.
Shelvey seems the type of player who likes to be completely involved in things and he could thrive if given the captaincy of Newcastle United.
If the lads do well in our next two games then Steve McClaren may be forced to make what would be a difficult but brave decision.
He could make Jonjo Shelvey the captain for the rest of the season although when fit again, Fabricio Coloccini could come into the side – but not as the captain.
And unless Fabricio plays really very well in the last 12 games of the season we just cannot see him at the club next season and maybe he will be sold to Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Alan wanted him last summer and may offer him a two year deal – after he was willing to offer him three year deal last summer.
Then we can bring in a top center-back this summer, which is what we should have done last summer.
It would really be dependent on both the results and the way the lads play in the two upcoming games under Jonjo as captain as to whether a change in the captaincy should be made.
But these are desperate times for Newcastle and they call for desperate solutions, so if we do well against Stoke and Bournemouth it’s a decision Steve McClaren could make and it could help save us this season.
And anything that can save Newcastle has to be more important than any one individual – be it a player or the head coach.