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From one South American star to another ‘Coloccini is a great great Captain’

6 years ago
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Nobby Solano was a player who integrated very quickly into life both on and off the pitch at Newcastle United, the ex-United midfielder believes that Fabricio Coloccini has followed the same route.

Undoubtedly Newcastle United look far far better when Coloccini is on the pitch AND in form.

The Argentinian international has dipped way below that much of the time over the last two years, ever since the fifth place finish in 2012 when he was named in the PFA team of the year by his fellow professionals.

It has been a similar story with Tim Krul but the good news though is that they have both been on top form in recent weeks and clearly key reasons for United’s winning run and clean sheets.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Nobby said;

“I know Colo very well and he does so much behind the scenes, working with the young players and makes them get used to life in Newcastle.

“He is a great, great captain, Colo is a guy who gives you everything.”

First in, last out;

“He is the first to arrive at the training ground every morning and he is the last to leave.

“He is 100% professional and always wants to do well.”

One big gap in Coloccini’s captaincy is his refusal to come out an do interviews to camera in English. When the team were really struggling in those first seven Premier League matches, you do really need your Captain to step up and lead by example.

Instead we had players such as Mike Williamson showing great bottle to come out and speak to camera after crushing defeats such as the one at Southampton.

Of course on the pitch you need all players taking responsibility and once again that was something United struggled for in those early games, the irony being the younger inexperienced players have come in and showed that in abundance.

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