Coloccini is captain material.

Captain Colo?
When Fabricio Colccini first arrived at Newcastle it’s fair to say he had a shaky start. The Argentinian defender arrived with a big reputation and a hefty price tag to justify.

Kevin Keegan splashed a massive £10 million on the player, needless to say there was high expectation. After enduring a forgettable first season in England he was part of a woeful Newcastle team that got relegated from The Premier League.

Of course it was a season that was far from straight forward and it must have been difficult for a foreign player to settle at the club with all the dramatics and constant turmoil. The resignations, the egos, the fan backlash must have made it a tough environment to be in.

Excuses aside Colo didn’t look like he was capable of adapting the the English game. Notably I remember watching Fabricio during the 5-1 home defeat to Liverpool. He looked like a fish out of water in truth and at that point it looked as if we had signed another expensive flop.

When relegation was confirmed following that disastrous season, I thought Colo would be the first player to jump ship. There was alleged interest in the player from abroad, but his wage demands would be a potential stumbling block in securing a move away from the club.

Instead Fabricio became a regular for Chris Hughton during the Championship season. Colo soon earned himself the respect of the fans, becoming a favourite with the Toon Army following some classy displays. The player evidently benefited from the drop to the second tier and his confidence seemed to grow by the week. It would be interesting to see how the Argentinian would fare back in the top flight following a successful season in the Championship.

Some were maybe sceptical and believed that Coloccini would struggle once again whilst playing against the likes of Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba. The Championship with all due respect doesn’t have the same calibre of player as The Premier League.

Luckily for us Coloccini was able to maintain his standards from the previous season and continued to deliver consistent, composed performances. He is the type of center back that can play along side a lesser player and tidy up after them. For me the guy oozes with class.

I like to see a defender show some composure and a willing to keep the ball. Coloccini is very relaxed and these days very reliable. I know we discuss Barton and Enrique as being vital and players we desperately want to keep, but for me Fabricio tops the list of players I want to keep at the club. Like most of the current playing squad he has been linked with a move this summer.

He is my choice for captain next season and I think he’d be an excellent shout to take over from the departed Nolan’s duties as leader. I do think Joey is also a wonderful shout but sadly I don’t think he will be a Newcastle player when the window slams shut.

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

153 thoughts on “Coloccini is captain material.

  1. Roy 😆 …aye I used to bite before I saw the light….more fun to sit back and watch others get the treatment 😆


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