It is with deep regret that I find myself writing an article that will inevitably see me recommend that the club gets shot of Coloccini in January. Following Coloccini’s comments in Argentinian newspaper Ole, where Newcastle’s captain reiterated that he wanted to go back to Argentina ‘as soon as possible’ it appeared that he his heart was still set on a move back home. Given how poor Coloccini performed in Newcastle’s 2-1 victory at home to Norwich, it would appear that now is the right time to cut our losses and see our captain fantastic make the homeward journey.
Coloccini is a shadow of the player he once was. After suffering a torrid time in his first season on Tyneside where he was part of the team in 2009 that got relegated to the Championship, Coloccini showed his true value to the team by not only being an instrumental figure in seeing us getting promoted right back to the Premier League, but also in playing a pivotal role in establishing us a top tier team again. Coloccini was a rock in our defence when we finished 5th, his vision meant he could spot danger before it developed, he was strong in the tackle and could lead the line exceptionally well. After taking the armband following the sale of Kevin Nolan in 2011, Coloccini was the popular choice. Not very vocal, but led by example.
Last season was a difficult season for Coloccini, as it was for most Newcastle United players. Since the 1-1 at the Stadium of Light early in the season, one could argue that Colo didn’t play well at all from then. Suffering from injury, homesickness and a dip in form, it never really clicked for him, and it became apparent in January 2013 that Colo’s head and heart were elsewhere. However, the curly-haired supremo stated that he would stay at the club until the end of the season, and probably due to not being able to arrange a financial situation that would ensure his move to San Lorenzo, the Argentinian international found himself lining out for the Toon for another season.
It is now safe to say that we should now be planning for life without Coloccini. He has served this club wonderfully, and while we are not in full possession of the facts surrounding his desire to return home, we cannot question how loyal and dedicated he has been while playing for this club. I for one would like to thank Coloccini for his performances not only as a centre half, but as a captain, but would like to finish this article by saying, if you are no longer going to give 100%, it is time you were sitting on the bench.
While I am not Mike Williamson’s greatest fan, he always gives his all for this club, and when it comes to the best interests of the team, sentimentality has to go out the window.
I am of the strong belief that we will not see Coloccini line out for the club following January’s transfer window, and I would even go further than that to say that I would be disappointed in the club if he was retained past then. It is obvious he no longer wants to be in England, keeping an unhappy player for the sake of a couple of million – which is all he would be worth – is being unfair to the player, to the club, and to the fans. Let Coloccini go home, bring in a replacement who wants to be here and let us all move on, instead of having to see more and more lacklustre performances from a man whom we all so fondly think of.
Do the right thing Mike Ashley and let Fabricio Coloccini go home.