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Tim Krul Says No Disrespect To Steven Taylor But…

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew admitted after the Villa match that Fabricio Coloccini was nowhere near fit and shouldn’t have played on Sunday, yet he felt compelled to do so despite having two other first team centre-backs available in Taylor and Mapou.

Now Tim Krul has added to the debate and said what a massive difference a half-fit Colo made – but no disrespect to Steven Taylor who he replaced.

“With Coloccini, Remy and Tiote, that is three massive players coming back for us it is no real surprise that they made a big difference on their return (against Villa).

“We have missed him (Coloccini) and he slips back into things like he has never been away.

“That is not to say anything against any of the other lads but he (Colo) is a really big miss.

“Against Aston Villa he showed what a fantastic player he is once again.

“Colo made a big difference and Willo also made a fantastic interception that we celebrated like a goal – those are the moments that set the fans off and maybe gave us the edge.”

With it clear that Coloccini wants to be back in Argentina rather than on Tyneside, you do really worry about life after Coloccini.

For the manager to have no faith in playing either Mapou or Taylor and choosing instead to play somebody who should never have played, suggests neither of those other two centre-backs have much of a future at this club.

Then when you take into account that Williamson started the season as fourth choice, even despite playing to his maximum and improving, our recent run has proven that without a Coloccini alongside him, he is very exposed.

If/when Colo goes, what next?

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