Fabricio Coloccini – Would you sell or keep?

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Fabricio Coloccini

A division down and a better looking Coca Cola Championship table. A better looking defence and a far better looking goal difference. However, don’t be entirely convinced, our players haven’t just found magical form this season. One man who has caught the eye of many is Fabricio Coloccini and his improved performances this season have been a welcome relief. Let’s not forget though, this guy cost £10.3m and at one stage, played every single game in the La Liga with Deportivo la Coruna. Fair enough, he’s been a lot better this season but I don’t think he’s worth anywhere near his £60,000 a week wages.

Come the Summer, I’m sure there’ll be teams in for Fabricio and it wouldn’t surprise me if he left. When we got relegated, Coloccini was the first expected out the door of St.James’ Park. However, that didn’t happen and he continued in the Coca Cola Championship, performing as one of the best in the division mind.

However, I’m still not too confident about Coloccini’s Premier League quality. Perhaps I’m being a little harsh but we can’t forget his nightmare season when he first arrived on Tyneside. His debut was the best he played that season, and his lack of pace is frightening to say the least.

No doubt he has improved a little but he’s no youngster. He’s getting on the wrong side of 25 fairly quickly and should we be offered near the £10m we paid for him, I would sell very quickly.

Now I’m sure a lot of you are in defensive of Colo and will refer to the severe instability at the club when he arrived, and no doubt it did affect his performances. That said, Coloccini is a former Depor and AC Milan man, he’s used to big matches you would think but we paid an inflated fee for him, amongst many others.

Would you give him a shot at the Premier League should we get up? I certainly would, providing that no offer near £10p £10m comes in for him. Either way, we don’t know what’ll happen to him until the summer so let’s hope he keep scoring goals 😀

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JohanElmander: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I agree, this dude needs to go if we get a decent fee for im at all. still a pap cb, (that rhymed) :D

JohanElmander: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I agree, this dude needs to go if we get a decent fee for im at all. still a pap cb, (that rhymed) :D

Bren: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Sell sell sell. He has been found wanting against any dcent players even in this division. He is flat footed and slow to respond. He suits a slower game, perhaps Spanish.

Bren: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Sell sell sell. He has been found wanting against any dcent players even in this division. He is flat footed and slow to respond. He suits a slower game, perhaps Spanish.

icedog: ⏱ 28/02/2010

well J.TERRY was never blessed with pace but is englands C/H,but uses his nut(on FIELD)saying that colo will go 7mil will get him,ashley wants as many high earners off the wage bill imo

icedog: ⏱ 28/02/2010

well J.TERRY was never blessed with pace but is englands C/H,but uses his nut(on FIELD)saying that colo will go 7mil will get him,ashley wants as many high earners off the wage bill imo

hantstoon: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Easy to say that but he has experience and there are any number of imports that fail to cut the mustard in the premier league during their first season. Thiery Henry was rubbish first time out. Vidic looks really poor too. The step back up will be a huge problem for us and we will need at least 8 new first teamers to do well. We won't get that and will come down again next season and be the new West Brom I fear. Hope I'm wrong. Players like Smith have looked good in this division !!! If we were in the Prem with the current crop we would be in the bottom 3 for sure. Yes, our youngsters will be a year bigger and stronger but I'm afraid we have a team full of prem squad players at best. Our only chance is to get a new owner in place by May and a new manager. Hughton has done great but we are in denial in terms of the tactics and quality for the prem

hantstoon: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Easy to say that but he has experience and there are any number of imports that fail to cut the mustard in the premier league during their first season. Thiery Henry was rubbish first time out. Vidic looks really poor too. The step back up will be a huge problem for us and we will need at least 8 new first teamers to do well. We won't get that and will come down again next season and be the new West Brom I fear. Hope I'm wrong. Players like Smith have looked good in this division !!! If we were in the Prem with the current crop we would be in the bottom 3 for sure. Yes, our youngsters will be a year bigger and stronger but I'm afraid we have a team full of prem squad players at best. Our only chance is to get a new owner in place by May and a new manager. Hughton has done great but we are in denial in terms of the tactics and quality for the prem

MacToon: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Alot of over seas players need time to settle in the prem, I'd definately keep him as he's one of a few top class players on the books at NUFC, his wage however might prove a problem. Others imo to leave before him on high £60k plus wages are maybe Butt, Smith and Barton? I don't agree totally with a wage cap of £30K, I just don't think it'll be enough for the quality of player needed at SJP. We'll just end up as a feeder club for others.

icedog: ⏱ 28/02/2010

hantstoon,agree with a lot of your points,but not all m8:)

icedog: ⏱ 28/02/2010

hantstoon,agree with a lot of your points,but not all m8:)

SteveM: ⏱ 28/02/2010

He's on £80,000 a week, so he has to go!!!!

SteveM: ⏱ 28/02/2010

He's on £80,000 a week, so he has to go!!!!

Neil: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I think Colo is one of our better players, but whether he was worth £10m plus £60k per week in wages (some reports even say £80k) is another matter. He's just turned 28, which certainly isn't too old for a centre half (although I do agree that he's not the quickest), and I'm sure he wouldn't have 30 caps for Argentina if he was rubbish. I don't think we should underestimate just how difficult it is for foreign players to adapt to playing in a new team in a new league, and living in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar culture – especially when you don’t even speak the language. And it must be especially difficult for a centre half coming into the famously shambolic Newcastle defence, amidst everything else that was going on at the club last season as well. We all know that there have been plenty of big name foreign players who have struggled in the Premiership (Veron, Shevchenko, Luque etc.), or at least taken time to settle. Taking all of this into account, I actually think Colo did reasonably well for us last season. I’ve often wondered, do NUFC do anything to help a new player to settle? Does the club offer support with, for example, finding a house, getting language lessons, getting the kids into a good school, helping the family to settle etc? I suspect that we probably don’t do anything close to enough. With all these things up in the air, it shouldn’t be a surprise that players struggle to find their best form immediately upon arrival. We have to remember that these guys are only human – just because they earn a lot of money, it doesn’t mean they can automatically take all of these things in their stride. It’s bound to affect their performance, at least in the first instance. I think that overall, I more or less agree with sentiment of the article – if a big offer comes in, the likelihood is that we’ll sell and I probably wouldn’t object. But not because Colo hasn’t performed well; more because the huge wages we’ve paid in the past have come more into perspective now that we've been relegated and many of the other big earners have gone. I’ve heard it suggested that relegation might have been just what NUFC needed – a chance to clear out some dead wood and bring the wage bill under control, then return to the Premiership in a much more healthy state. The “one step back” needed in order to allow us to take two steps forward. I think that this view may well have some credibility, and the selling of Colo certainly wouldn’t be inconsistent with that philosophy.

Neil: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I think Colo is one of our better players, but whether he was worth £10m plus £60k per week in wages (some reports even say £80k) is another matter. He's just turned 28, which certainly isn't too old for a centre half (although I do agree that he's not the quickest), and I'm sure he wouldn't have 30 caps for Argentina if he was rubbish. I don't think we should underestimate just how difficult it is for foreign players to adapt to playing in a new team in a new league, and living in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar culture – especially when you don’t even speak the language. And it must be especially difficult for a centre half coming into the famously shambolic Newcastle defence, amidst everything else that was going on at the club last season as well. We all know that there have been plenty of big name foreign players who have struggled in the Premiership (Veron, Shevchenko, Luque etc.), or at least taken time to settle. Taking all of this into account, I actually think Colo did reasonably well for us last season. I’ve often wondered, do NUFC do anything to help a new player to settle? Does the club offer support with, for example, finding a house, getting language lessons, getting the kids into a good school, helping the family to settle etc? I suspect that we probably don’t do anything close to enough. With all these things up in the air, it shouldn’t be a surprise that players struggle to find their best form immediately upon arrival. We have to remember that these guys are only human – just because they earn a lot of money, it doesn’t mean they can automatically take all of these things in their stride. It’s bound to affect their performance, at least in the first instance. I think that overall, I more or less agree with sentiment of the article – if a big offer comes in, the likelihood is that we’ll sell and I probably wouldn’t object. But not because Colo hasn’t performed well; more because the huge wages we’ve paid in the past have come more into perspective now that we've been relegated and many of the other big earners have gone. I’ve heard it suggested that relegation might have been just what NUFC needed – a chance to clear out some dead wood and bring the wage bill under control, then return to the Premiership in a much more healthy state. The “one step back” needed in order to allow us to take two steps forward. I think that this view may well have some credibility, and the selling of Colo certainly wouldn’t be inconsistent with that philosophy.

Sir Bobby: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Coloccini needed 1 season to adapt as a foreigner to English football. Just look at him now, he is easily one of our very best players, and we must keep him if we go up. He was class yesterday and has been many times this season. As for Last season, Colocini played 6 bad games out 36. those 6 games just got highlighted because he made a couple of mistakes that led to goals, and him being scapegoated. His other 30 games for us were not bad at all, they were quite composed performances yet not top class. Colocinni is Premier League quality and he will prove it next season.

Sir Bobby: ⏱ 28/02/2010

Coloccini needed 1 season to adapt as a foreigner to English football. Just look at him now, he is easily one of our very best players, and we must keep him if we go up. He was class yesterday and has been many times this season. As for Last season, Colocini played 6 bad games out 36. those 6 games just got highlighted because he made a couple of mistakes that led to goals, and him being scapegoated. His other 30 games for us were not bad at all, they were quite composed performances yet not top class. Colocinni is Premier League quality and he will prove it next season.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I used to be proud to be a nufc supporter but not any more, team doing well but all we have is supporters that keep knock knock knocking the team you should be ashameded of yourselfs.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/02/2010

I used to be proud to be a nufc supporter but not any more, team doing well but all we have is supporters that keep knock knock knocking the team you should be ashameded of yourselfs.

OHurley: ⏱ 01/03/2010

i'd just like to clarify that i've been fiddling with children & i that i intend to carry on with this over the next few months if thats ok. dont bother calling the police because i live in america , thank you for your support on this matter.

OHurley: ⏱ 01/03/2010

i'd just like to clarify that i've been fiddling with children & i that i intend to carry on with this over the next few months if thats ok. dont bother calling the police because i live in america , thank you for your support on this matter.

OHurley: ⏱ 01/03/2010

i also appretiate overweight businessmen especially the one's that own soccer clubs & have their lips super-glued together. please excuse me but talking about such wonderful sex symbols means i need to slip away for a quick rub , thank you for your support on this matter.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 01/03/2010

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OHurley: ⏱ 01/03/2010

i also appretiate overweight businessmen especially the one's that own soccer clubs & have their lips super-glued together. please excuse me but talking about such wonderful sex symbols means i need to slip away for a quick rub , thank you for your support on this matter.

OHurley: ⏱ 01/03/2010

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NUFCELITE: ⏱ 01/03/2010

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NUFCELITE: ⏱ 01/03/2010

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chuck: ⏱ 01/03/2010

Sounds like you are touting his sale and though you couch it with, "Oh i`m not advocating it" but what do you think ? In fact Inviting the idiots who for whatever reasons dont happen to like the guy to jump in and Knock him. Have you heard Ashley comment on his wages, Then why bring it up, another fecking bean counter looking after Ashleys dosh. The guys playing excellent football, an Argentine international, the kind of player we need, so shut to feck up and stop stirring the shit, you jerk.

chuck: ⏱ 01/03/2010

Sounds like you are touting his sale and though you couch it with, "Oh i`m not advocating it" but what do you think ? In fact Inviting the idiots who for whatever reasons dont happen to like the guy to jump in and Knock him. Have you heard Ashley comment on his wages, Then why bring it up, another fecking bean counter looking after Ashleys dosh. The guys playing excellent football, an Argentine international, the kind of player we need, so shut to feck up and stop stirring the shit, you jerk.

Len: ⏱ 01/03/2010

So some of you geniuses think that Curly is not good enough for the Toon, despite the fact that the rest of the world think he is good enough to play for potential world champions Argentina? My judgement is the current lot would be good enough for mid table in EPL. Which let me remind you is where Brum, Fulham, Blackburn, Bolton, Wigan and Stoke are. They are the teams we will have to beat not Chelsea.

Len: ⏱ 01/03/2010

So some of you geniuses think that Curly is not good enough for the Toon, despite the fact that the rest of the world think he is good enough to play for potential world champions Argentina? My judgement is the current lot would be good enough for mid table in EPL. Which let me remind you is where Brum, Fulham, Blackburn, Bolton, Wigan and Stoke are. They are the teams we will have to beat not Chelsea.

toonsy: ⏱ 01/03/2010

Colo is a keeper. In that first season bak we need his experience and, more importantly, his understanding. We have a team at the minute, a squad that works together. Why break that up?

toonsy: ⏱ 01/03/2010

Colo is a keeper. In that first season bak we need his experience and, more importantly, his understanding. We have a team at the minute, a squad that works together. Why break that up?

sirjasontoon: ⏱ 01/03/2010

If funds are tight then we should sell him if promoted-if we can keep him and spend as well then all the better. I think Mike will sell him as his wages are huge.

sirjasontoon: ⏱ 01/03/2010

If funds are tight then we should sell him if promoted-if we can keep him and spend as well then all the better. I think Mike will sell him as his wages are huge.