With the hierarchy of our club showing very little, if any, urgency in sorting out the contract of club captain Fabricio Coloccini, one can’t help but wonder what life on Tyneside would be like without our curly-haired hero.
Having signed from Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruña for a fee of £10m in August 2008, Coloccini was not always the established player we are now accustomed to watching. In fact, during his first season I’d often find myself thinking he was completely out of his depth playing in the Premier League. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Since putting to bed the agony of relegation in our 2008-09 campaign, Colo has rapidly set about creating a legacy that will never be forgotten by us Geordies. In only his second season, our gifted Argentinian proved somewhat instrumental as we achieved promotion at the very first attempt and was rightly included in the 2009-10 Championship Team of the Year.
In the following year and a half I would argue that Fabricio has continued to improved. For me, he has now developed into one of the best central defenders currently plying their trade in England. Making the thought of losing him almost unbearable. However, unless a new contract is signed in the near future, that may just be the case.
As things stand, Colo is set to see his contract expire at the end of the 2012-13 season. Meaning that come the end of our current campaign we will be very vulnerable in regards to transfer offers should a new deal still not be signed. And having heard constant rumours of interest from Liverpool, I’m surely not the only Toon fan fearing the worst. For me, Coloccini is simply irreplaceable. He has been an inspirational figure in everything we have achieved of late and losing him would all but destroy our hopes of continued progression.
Will a new deal be signed? Well, your guess is as good as mine. What I will say, though, is that I see no reason whatsoever in delaying talks, as with every passing day the concern among both fans and team-mates will only grow.
In the past I have referred to myself as a ‘dreamer’, yet even I can’t imagine life without our curly-haired captain.