Time Newcastle Cut Losses With Fabricio Coloccini
Time for United to cut their losses with the Coloccini Newcastle era set to end.
This latest post is a guest post from our friends over at Touchline Talk, written by a former writer of ours, Russell Hughes.
His recent actions in seeking a move back to his homeland Argentina, to play for a club that has a place close to his heart, San Lorenzo, indicate a player who is no longer committed to life up north – something that is bad enough coming from a senior player, never mind the captain.
Whatever that is due to doesn’t change the fact that it is time for the Magpies to cut their ties with the defender, and reinvest his wages into a new defender in the January transfer window.
If you look at the cold, hard statistics, you will see that the defensive pairing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson have been performing well without their curly haired skipper. Newcastle have kept clean sheets against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in his absence. Williamson, in particular, looks like a new player, filled with confidence.
However, the Toon Army are not blessed with depth at the back – they have eight players covering four defensive positions, something that could convince manager Alan Pardew to keep Coloccini at the club until the summer, where they will have more time to find a replacement.
They don’t even have any young players pushing through the ranks and challenging for a place, Paul Dummett is a left-back, and is injured anyway. James Tavernier is a right-back, and has been sent out on loan. Selling Coloccini could expose a squad stretched thin by injuries as it is.
And with Newcastle’s embattled director of football, Joe Kinnear, seemingly unable to bring in any players off his own back, many of those who occupy the terraces might feel uneasy at trying to bring in someone in the mad scramble that is the January transfer window.
However, the captain’s main role is to be a leader, a beacon on and off the pitch. And by agitating so publicly for a move away, he has tarnished himself in the eyes of the supporters and created unease and speculation in the dressing room.
And as a captain, that is one thing that can never be excused. Coloccini has used up all this goodwill. It is time for him to leave.
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