Different Season, Same Old Mistakes For Colo?
Alas! The wait for competitive football is finally over; the Football League and Premier League are back! It’s that time of year when teams are beginning to figure out their strengths and weaknesses in competitive football. The second round of fixtures kicks off tomorrow night. We will see Swansea vs Newcastle United on Saturday at 3pm.
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New arrivals are settling into life at their new clubs and clubs are also adjusting to life without players who have transferred out over the summer months. On the other hand, Newcastle should be paying closer attention to the stark warnings that after Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini’s opening day performance, he needs to be replaced. Last season was the beginning of the end for Coloccini, but he has somehow managed to land himself another one year deal, with yet another option to extend it further. After the numerous and welcome steps forward recently at St. James’ Park, this Coloccini contract is a step back in my eyes.
To begin with, Coloccini has no strength and seems to fear any kind of physical conflict while defending. Take his first real contribution to the game. Tadic flicks the ball over Haidara and into the penalty area in search of Soares. Coloccini comes barreling in but looks to change his mind in the last seconds before the challenge. It could have been an easy and commanding clearance. Instead, he bundles into the ball and the man nearly giving away a penalty. Luckily, Krul is equal to the preceding shot by Soares. Colo’s marking during the game wasn’t much better. He was pulled around by Pelle too much, and gave far too much space to Southampton’s attacking 3 in midfield, especially Tadic. The Argentine has no pace or stamina and Pelle got in front of him far too often to remain unpunished. There was no evidence of leadership and for me, nor evidence to suggest he should be in the first team.
Meanwhile, Chancel Mbemba made a great debut at the back. Commanding and cool in the air, and he oozes confidence when tackling, and makes the effort to come forward and intercept in the deep lying midfielder role. Unfortunately, there is no denying that if Newcastle United are going to challenge for a top 10 finish this season, a replacement for Fabricio Coloccini is a must.