With Newcastle United in disarray on and off the pitch, Fabricio Coloccini simply exasperated the problems with his petulant sending off at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Showing a chronic lack of leadership, Coloccini took out his frustration by selfishly launching a dangerous challenge on Aaron Lennon in a non-threatening area of the pitch, with the match already gone as Everton had a two goal lead by that point.
Newcastle’s defence is already the third worst in the Premier League when it comes to conceding goals, with 46 already ending up in the back of United’s net.
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With no cover at all, Janmaat had to move into the centre of defence, Ryan Taylor to right-back and Jack Colback dropping in at left-back from midfield.
The fact Coloccini misses games against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool means there is every chance of United overtaking Burnley’s 47 goals against and QPR’s 52, by the time he returns to the team.
The Newcastle Captain will miss five weeks of action and won’t be available until the home game with Tottenham on Sunday 19th April.
However, if past experience is anything to go by, Coloccini could end up personally benefiting from the ban, with it giving him the chance to head over to Argentina and spend time with his family due to his actions making him unavailable to the team.
You don’t like to see anybody’s family circumstances meaning they spend a lot of time away from their family, but to me it will send out totally the wrong message if the club allow Coloccini to head off to Argentina, instead of staying at St. James’ Park and making a contribution in return for being easily Newcastle’s highest paid player and having the honour of being club captain.
United need people to stand up and show leadership at this time, with John Carver and Lee Charnley not exactly filling anybody with confidence.
Instead of thinking about any potential trip to Argentina, Coloccini should be ensuring he is very visible at each of these next three matches, with the players before the match and in the stands during the games.
In between he should be working even harder on the training pitch to both help the defence/team in his match absence and trying to sort them out for when he returns.
On top of this, I think Coloccini should be getting out and about in the community as well to do some very visible work for the Newcastle United Foundation.
This is what we should expect from our Captain when he lets us down, let’s hope both he and the club see that there is only one credible course of action whilst he’s banned.