Alan Pardew ‘We just expect him to be brilliant every week…’
Never one worried too much about being accused of a little over-exaggeration, Alan Pardew has claimed that fans and pundits alike are guilty of going overboard with criticism of Fabricio Coloccini when he plays badly.
The Newcastle manager claiming that his Captain is brilliant in nine out of ten matches.
Pardew also expressed concern after Colo was forced off with a calf injury but he believes he should be OK for QPR in a fortnight’s time.
With Coloccini, I think the truth is that the fans rate him but believe that the last two seasons he has generally fallen way below what he is capable of, such as the kind of form that got him into the PFA first eleven as chose by his fellow professionals in 2011/12, when United finished fifth.
Certainly since Fabricio Coloccini tried to leave in the middle of our relegation battle in 2012/13, a decent number of supporters have never really looked at the Argentinian international in quite the same light.
He might not be brilliant 90% of the time but on his day Colo is clearly still a very very good player and like Tim Krul, absolutely vital to our hopes this season. No coincidence that both these players have looked right back to their best in this recent run of wins.
Alan Pardew on his 90% brilliant Captain;
“Colo, like any professional footballer, is going to have days when it doesn’t go so well.
“When he doesn’t play well everybody jumps on that because we just expect him to be brilliant every week…and he is, nine times out of ten.”
Prepare to worship;
“He was brilliant again today, shame we lost him to injury, we are a little bit concerned about that.
“Great that he scored in front of our fans because they worship him – a great moment.”
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