Fabricio Coloccini has reportedly told Newcastle that he wishes to leave Tyneside, in favour of a return to his home country of Argentina, and the player’s representatives are believed to be in the North-East to confirm his intentions.
Club captain Coloccini has failed to find his best form this season, and his side sit just two points above the dreaded relegation zone, but reports suggest ‘personal matters’ may be the reason behind his desire to return to South America.
Newcastle have already been dealt a major blow with the departure of in-form striker Demba Ba, and Alan Pardew will be unwilling to allow his first-choice centre-back to leave with over three years still remaining on the Argentine’s contract.
Here our stats show just why Coloccini has failed to reach his best form this season, and although his departure doesn’t necessarily spell disaster for Newcastle, the club won’t want to lose their leader and captain:
Coloccini has made an inconsistent start to the 2012-13 season, and with a cumulative performance score of 169 from 13 games, the 30-year-old has far from stood out. The defender has failed to score more than 30 on 8 occasions (30 is considered a very good score) but has scored above 30 in his other 5 games, suggesting it has been an up and down season for Coloccini and consistency is an issue at Newcastle.
The 6ft 2inch-tall defender hasn’t been as solid at the back as we’re used to seeing either, having won only half of his defensive duels. His 68% tackle success rate is certainly not bad, but isn’t the most competitive either. For his height, Coloccini has also lost a considerable amount of his aerial battles, winning only 38% of his 38 headed duels, proving he is being out-jumped more often than not by his opposition.
Pardew will be the first person to admit his side have under-performed this season, but despite Coloccini’s lack of domineering performances, the Newcastle manager cannot afford to lose his captain. However, as the club’s most-paid player and with Coloccini under contract until 2016, his departure would come at a cost to his new employers and could free-up a significant amount to put towards a potential replacement, but the replacement would need to have an instant impact and match Coloccini’s experience at the back if he is to aid Newcastle’s bid to stay in the Premier League.
By Nic English