Coloccini INJURED – Is this a Blessing in Disguise?

Coloccini INJURED – Is this a Blessing in Disguise?
Feb 23, 2016

Newcastle

Coloccini has suffered a calf injury during United’s trip to La Manga.

It was suffered during the cool down after the match against Lillestrom, according to reports.

The injury is not as bad as first feared, but Coloccini is facing a battle against time to be fit for the Stoke City clash on March 2nd.

Well, I’m not so sure how I feel about this one. It has both it’s positives and its negatives.

One positive about Coloccini’s possible absence is that it will give Shelvey or someone else a chance to show what they can do as captain. Coloccini has been captain of the club since July 2011, and his displays in the last few years have been underwhelming, to say the least. The Argentinian has never been vocal, which is a vital attribute for a captain.

“Coloccini’s not very vocal. He almost plays for himself, if I’m honest.” John Carver told BBC, only a few days ago.

Even the most deluded of people know!

Not only will his absence allow a new club captain to step forward, but also a new center back partnership that could very well be for years to come (if they perform, of course). Lascelles and Mbemba. Lascelles is dying for his first extended run in the side, if his mother’s twitter is anything to go by. Lascelles could very well be the strong, tall partner Mbemba needs.

With Coloccini and Mbemba, tall, strong strikers (Lukaku, Giroud, even Anichebe scores against us!) are often a big problem. Lascelles could minimize the problem with his height and strength.

The thing is, we are not sure how Lascelles will perform. He is young and has not played an awful lot of first team football. When he has played, though, he has performed quite well (which is why I’m quietly confident Lascelles and Mbemba will thrive alongside each other).

Coloccini, at times this season, has peformed exceptionally well. He doesn’t always decide to show up though, which seems to be a real problem in this Newcastle squad (Coloccini, Sissoko, Wijnaldum away from home, etc.).

With Coloccini now out, if another injury occurs to our back line, we could be in real trouble.

There are some free agent center backs out there if McClaren doesn’t feel comfortable with what he currently has at his disposal, but they would only be adequate cover.

The effect of Coloccini being sidelined can go both ways, really. It all depends on two things: How Lascelles/Taylor perform in his absence and how the team responds to the new captain.

Don’t get me wrong, I never like seeing anybody get injured. But in terms of the affect it could have on the Magpies season, I feel it could be a turning point in which Jonjo Shelvey or someone else steps up and demonstrates some leadership, and hopefully it will have a positive effect on the rest of the squad.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

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  1. Madridista02 says:

    There’s no blessings in hell (hell being Newcastle)…besides changing there captain won’t change the fact that they aren’t a quality side, and never will be.

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