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Coloccini Likely To Play Tomorrow At WBA

We had thought that young Tamas Kadar would make his debut tomorrow at WBA, after a good string of performances at the back with local lad Steven Taylor.

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Fabricio Coloccini – likely to start tomorrow

But it looks like caretaker boss Chris Hughton may be tempted to bring back a fit-again Fabricio Coloccini for tomorrow first league game with West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Argentine International missed Newcastle’s final friendly of the pre-season with Dundee United – with just a minor knock – but has been in full training all week.

We would expect Coloccini to be moved out before September comes around with a cut-price deal or a loan move, to get him off the wage bill, but Hughton expects the South American to figure prominently at West Brom tomorrow.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Colo has trained with us and is fit for West Brom.”

“We were fortunate to be able to play him in the Leeds game although he did have a slight problem.” “It was a game when he had a slight problem but he could also play on.”

“It was only because of circumstances that he played that night and that’s why he was left out at Dundee.” “We needed to give him that little bit of time to recover fully.”

“He’s fine now.”

The Newcastle back-line could be Colo partnering Steven Taylor at the heart of the defense, with Ryan Taylor and Jose Enrique taking up the two full-back slots. Not a bad defense at all with Steve Harper between the nets

Hughton is clear his selection was never affected by Sebastien Bassong’s move to Spurs, because Seb misses the first two games of the season with being sent off against Fulham at the end of last season.

Hughton continued:

“Our work with the back four was never likely to change that much because Seb would have been suspended, we have been planning without him.”

“All I can do is speak up until the present moment.” “We have been fortunate to have the large majority of players available for the majority of the time.”

“That’s always a plus.”

“On top of that we have seen the emergence of Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar and Ryan Donaldson, who has trained with the first team most days.”

“He’s made great strides, so that is a benefit to me.”

Certainly we would expect both 19 year-old Tamas Kadar and 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua to figure prominently this season, as just two of the youngsters who will step up to the plate for the first team this coming season.

We need a number of them to do just that, if we are indeed to secure promotion at our very first attempt.

Howay The Lads!!

69 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange – Collo is a problem, Cacapa was a problem, Bramble was a problem, Rozenhal a problem – even Bassong in the last games was a problem. Common denominator – Steven Taylor – take him out of the defence and all the previously useless players would be fine. The only player who played at CB in recent time who didnt get a slating was Faye – strange he played instead of Taylor.

    Food for thought.

  • magforlife

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh no, not Coco the clown.

  • Johann

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Is he REALLY going to do this again? Now we have a chance to play our youngsters. There´s something wrong here. Keep playing the players that got us relegated? Are you telling me Kadar aint miles better than Colo ? I´ll be furious if he plays over Kadar. Hugthon just trying to ruin everything. Hugthon always does the same things. He plays the experienced heads over and over. Guess what they must be any good for that to succeed!

    Our youngsters would demolish other teams in this division. I feel maybe only Smith should start(forward position, that´s the only position he should play, he´s no midfielder) Butt control the midfield with a youngster. Butt must be a lot better in this divison. For Butt to play well he must have lightweight wingers with him. Then I don´t think any other exp should play. Perhaps Ameobi. Not Colo at all except maybe DR if Ryan gets injured.

  • magforlife

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Now the depressing reality is setting in as Hughton ponders between Carrol and Ameobi with him likely to go with Goala Shola, i think i am about to burst into tears

  • bowdeni

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s true that Coloccini looked the worst when he played along side Taylor in CB. I’d like to see us go for Mark Beevers personally.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6


  • Johno Toon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I would play collo in centre midfield

  • gibbotwg

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Id like to see;

    Subs: Colo, Krul, Vuckic, Lualua, Nolan, Donaldson, Ameobi

  • Doocey

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Joe Mattock on his way to West Brom too, could’ve been ours.

    Steven Taylor and Kadar for me at the back

  • stevep

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    “not a bad defence”

    Afraid I can’t agree with that, collo and steven taylor cannot play together and ryan taylor has yet to show us he can even play never mind make the right back position his own – I can see this defence leaking goals al over the place especially with our midfield
    I can only see a defeat at west brom – I hope I’m wrong

  • G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Johno Toon
    A mate of mine insists Collo has played in CM for the Argentine National team. I have never seen or hear of it, but he insists that Collo was imense in a defensive midfield role. Can anybody confirm / deny that this ever happened, and if so, was he any good?

  • stevep

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Hughton will not drop a fit 1st teamer for a youngster so expect the same shower of sh!t that got us relegated to play.

    Geremi will def be on the subs bench ( it’s likely to be the team that were hammered 6-1 at LO )

  • bozo

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Stardust I think the biggest problem we have with centerbacks is people picking them out as individuals and victimisation. Colo will play well if hes given time and patience Taylor will too we dont need muppets picking on every mistake they make.

  • brownrob

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    S Talor is still very young for a defender, and lets be fair, any defender has never set the world alight after leaving here…


    The best defender to leave here was woodgate, and even now, he is nowt special

    I suppose taylor would make bobby moore look bad too…

    Go support the yids with bennytoon stardust

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I just think G that collo’s main weakness is in the air , so if you stook him the a def mid role he could show what a good player he is , fair enough his form has been bad but i dont think he is a bad player. he can read the play and is a good passer, tho he is not quick he would be quicker than butt.

    Stevep i can see lualua starting out right to be honest

  • Whumpie

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Colo, like a lot of players from Latin countries, wasn’t hard enough for the Premiership, and certainly won’t like what’s coming his way in the CCC.

    BUT those who think teenagers will fare significantly better may be sorely disappointed. They’ll get bullied off the park.

    Let’s face it, all bets are off and we have no clue who’s going to deliver the goods in this league. Should be interesting.

  • lesh

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Great news………………… for West Brom supporters.

    Saturday’ll gift them their first three points and put us on the slippery slope, again!

  • evildick

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #18

    whatever, whoever… lets get behind the team for once!!!

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Hello all. Am very excited for tommorrow’s match, gonna be one hell of a curtain raiser for the new season.

    With that in mind, it is a new season, it is a chance for people to come clean and start over. Thats how I liked to think of things for school,work,sports, etc…

    So to the people out there who are continually bashing players such as Butt or Smith for not being good enough or not a good captain- please stop.

    Lets wait about 5-10 games into this season before we start saying who is going to be a world beater and who is absolute tosh.

    We always seem to have a tendency where if one player scores a goal hes our hero and everyone loves him when before no one liked him. Shola Ameobi is my example here, everyone last year thought he was a headless donkey and was useless, now all of a sudden he’s going to be our saviour.

    Let’s calm down a bit, see what happens on the pitch and then we can see who we want to print on the back of our new home kits.

    As always, opposing views welcomed.

    Have a good one

  • neeraj

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    who was in defense last season when keegan came and we had a run of clean sheets and scored some 16 pts

    it was s taylor and faye

  • stevep

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #21

    @Johno – I’ll put money on Lua Lua not starting if 1st teamers are fit – bench is as good as he’ll get under hughton.

    Bramble has done a fairly good job at wigan to be honest, his problem is that any mistake he makes is shown over & over again on MOTD and highlighted in the press – wierd how that doesn’t happen with rio ferdinand

    Collo’s no worse than your average prem centre back – unfortunately some idiot paid 7 million to much for him and gave him huge wages – not collos fault – no worse or better than steven taylor in my book

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #22
  • Sir Erec

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #23


    well spotted about taylor and faye.

    still don’t understand why we wanted to sell faye

  • Ratfink

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #24

    My main problem with Collo is he doesnt want to be here. I worry he will just go through the motions like some of the other players.

    I would play Shola ahead of Carrol who in my opinion is very over rated by some fans because he runs around a bit, never looks like scoring apart from the odd lucky header. Cant hold the ball up.

    But I still think Houghton will pick the 11 highest paid senior players because its easy.

  • Stardust

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25


    The best we have ever looked over recent year beyond doubt was the short 6 game run, Beye, Collo, Bassong, Enrique.

  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon Graeme – yup that would seal if for me – all those in the vest will be the starting XI

    R Taylor, S Taylor, Colo, Enrique
    Gutierrez, Smith, Barton, Duff
    Carroll, Nolan

    Well – if that’s the starting XI, at least they have practised as a team !!

    Can’t understand why Nolan is playing as the more advanced midfield/attacker though – we must have completely given up on Smith being a striker (unsurprisingly)

  • Sir Erec

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    bozo- spot on about picking on the defenders on one or two mistakes.

    however, we have to keep in mind that unlike other positions on the field if a defender makes a mistake then its pretty much a goal, whereas if a striker or midfielder does not take the ball of an opposing player than there are still the defense to rely on.

    believe it or not that was nicky butt 9 years ago when he was defending laurent blanc and some other high profile defenders that had made a blunder or two in a manchester united game.

  • Pons Aelius

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #28

    I might take some flak for this one but I always rated Rozenhal and thought he needed time to settle into the Premier League. Keegan had no choice but to sell him when he spat his dummy out over being played in midfield, but since he left he’s been a regular starter in Serie A for Lazio and has just been bought by HSV who are one of the best teams in Germany. I’m just sad he fell out with KK. Colo started well but has just got worse and worse.

  • Doocey

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Lua Lua will not start.
    West Brom will be a very good side and very hard to break down. This will be a game we will miss Martins in.
    Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith key men tomorrow.
    Joey Barton too, if he can turn off his ‘gobshi*e’ switch .

  • Ross

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #30

    I’ll be right behind us the moro but i’m not expecting much if im honest like. We’re a mess from top to bottom. A win would do wonders for confidence but it’ll be incredibly tough because WBA will be well up for this and i’m pretty sure they’ll be favourites. The fact we’re letting our canny players go, and they’re building a decent squad to try and get back up to the top flight against doesnt help when they’re one of our main contenders either like.

    I say one of our main contenders, i dont know why because im not expecting promotion first time round at all. I think now all we can hope for is a play off spot and even that would be pushing the boat out a little i reckon.

    Also, off topic but does anyone else absolutly hate the picture captions on the official site like i do?..the likes of “Al show you” picturing Alan Smith, or “NO go”, with kevin nolan. They’re just embarrassing!

  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Stardust, you must stop this mob mentality of berating players…Stop being negative- your bad vibes will manifest themselves into an aura of uncertainty surrounding Steven Taylor – if you just got behind him & supported him 100% no matter what, then he would no doubt produce stellar performances………

  • Hobs

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Why does everyone think that our youngsters are going to be so great in this league?
    I think there are other clubs in this division that has had a greater success with their academy then we have.
    A reserve / u18 player from a Premier League team has no reason to be superior to a grown up CCC player.
    We will have some academy players coming up this year, and maybe claim a starting position in the team. But they are still youngsters and they have a lot left to learn. The best players in the CCC are good enough for PL teams, but our youngsters didn’d get too much playtime last year.

    Let’s hope they prove me wrong thou 😀

  • chuck

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #33

    C`mon, enough of the clown stuff, you dont get to play for Argentina if you are a clown.
    It` true he has had some bad games, but so have the entire team.
    It usually takes a while to adjust to the pace and physical nature of the EPL , it`s not unusual for players to take a season to get up to speed.
    It`s unfair and smacks of a lack of understanding of the game to constantly criticise in a sheeplike manner the abilities of various players.
    Collo. has also had some pretty good games and it`s untrue he is`nt good in the air, dont know where that came from ?
    So lighten up folks, I`m sure the team in its present deflated state needs, needs criticism like a hole in the head.

  • Mick G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Brown Rob, Bramble has been very good for Wigan certainly better than any Newcastle Defender

  • Stuart79

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Collocini has finally found his level.

    Same goes for Nolan, Smith, Enrique, Gutierrez, oh fck it!

    They have all found their fckin level otherwise we’s still be in the fckin PL!!!!!!

  • Macas35

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Coloccini has no pace, is hopeless in the air, and can sometimes be too casual in possession. Apart from that he’s great.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Well if the yellow bib tactic of CH last year continues then the side for tomorra is

    R Taylor
    S Taylor

  • Macas35

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d still pick him over Kadar though, I think the young lad gave away a needless penalty in one of the pre-season games which showed his inexperience. Better to integrate him slowly into the first team if possible, not throw him in at the very start in what will probably be our hardest game of the season.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #39

    colo is a better player when at dm.

    ***lua lua**********************duff******

  • toonsy

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Colo has played DM for all his clubs and for Argentina.

    As for tomorrow, there are 2 word that sum up why colo is playing tomorrow – SHOP WINDOW!


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