Not for the first time and certainly not for the last, Fabricio Coloccini has once again gone into hiding.

A terrible team performance with Newcastle a shambles, was topped off by Coloccini putting in a terrible personal display.

The team were all over the place against Everton with a desperate lack of organisation, seemingly caused by the simple ‘surprise’ tactic by the opposition of playing two strikers, according to Ryan Taylor.

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Any players looking to the Captain for leadership would have been badly disappointed, the Argentine defender giving no encouragement to lessser players who were clearly struggling.

Then to cap it all, Coloccini puts in an unprofessional nasty challenge on Aaron Lennon, in a non-threatening area.

Knowing how short we are in defence and with the kind of matches coming up, especially the mackems, to be banned for the next three games is unforgivable.

United were already two down and well beaten, it would be a slightly different matter if Newcastle were a goal up and in the final seconds Coloccini sacrificed himself with a professional foul and sending off to win the game.

Coloccini is Newcastle’s most experienced player, arguably the most talented, he is the best paid by some distance, he is the Captain…to be honest I think he is part of the problem at Newcastle and not part of the solution.

At times he can still be good but those times are becoming ever rarer. Newcastle have the third worst defence in the Premier League with 46 goals conceded and embarrassingly, rock bottom Leicester have conceded fewer goals than United.

The reality must be accepted that we have to have a total clearout of central defenders and bring in new men who are up to the level needed. Taylor, Coloccini and Williamson played for Newcastle in the Championship season and have consistently been shown not to be good enough. Even in the season when Newcastle finished fifth, only nine teams conceded more than United.

More than anything, Newcastle are desperately in need of a new Captain, somebody who leads by example and inspires those around them.

As usual, even despite letting his team and the fans down, Fabricio Coloccini was nowhere to be seen after the defeat at Everton.

Instead of appearing in front of the cameras to apologise and take the flak for the performance, Coloccini as usual refused to take what should be an automatic Captain’s role, this time it was Ryan Taylor who had to try and explain away what had gone on in the ninety minutes.

Just like the team’s perfromance, it is just not good enough from Fabricio Coloccini and either he needs to change or Newcastle desperately need a new Captain.