Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini has urged Newcastle to build on the foundations they have in lace rather than having to rebuild following the departure of one or more key players.
I wrote an article earlier on today suggesting that I wouldn’t be against letting go one of our star names, providing any funds raised were used to bolster the squad in any number of areas where we are light. Colo believes differently though…
Instead he wants to keep the spine of the team together as the squad prepare to conquer Europe next season. then he wants additions to the squad to help them to compete on four fronts next term, which would be nice as it might give us a decent stab at actually progressing to the latter stages of a cup competition, although after 29 years of waiting I won’t be holding my breath…
Anyway, back on track, here is what Colo had to say when asked about the transfer window and possibility of losing a key player over the summer.
“Of course I would like the team to stay together,” he told The Journal. “I think the most important thing is to keep the spine of this team together, then hopefully we will bring in some players to help us.”
“It is very important that we keep that backbone for Europe next season. And of course having some new players would be very welcome.”
Colo has taken to the role of captaincy very well since last summer, although I still have reservations sometimes about his ability to really give the lads a real rollicking when the need arises. I do realise he tends to lead by example rather than shouting, but sometimes you need to tear it up a little bit to get the message across.
He is now the latest in a line of NUFC players who are urging for this group of players to be kept together and added to. Yohan Cabaye has said it, as has Cheik Tiote, but until the window closes we won’t really know what we have to work with. Speculation will be intense as we’ve done so well which will have alerted some dangerous clubs with deep pockets, but what does Colo make of it all?
“There is always speculation in the summer but it will be nice for it not to be about me this time,” he said.
“It happens when the transfer window is open. Sometimes because there is no football to talk about, people just want to talk about transfers when there is nothing there. It is football, it happens but I have always said I’m happy at Newcastle United.”
In a sense, Colo is right. The best way to improve is to build on what we have already. However I do believe he should have a bit of faith in our scouting system which has basically turned up trumps time and time again. Even Fat Freddy was praising Graham Carr earlier on today…
What do you make of it?