onsdag den 4. april 2012

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle

Centreback - - Argentina

2010/2011 Mid-season:  Unranked
End of 2010/11 - Start of 2011/12: Unranked
2011/2012 Mid-season: 261
End of 2011/12 - Start of 2012/13: 214

2011/2012 Mid-season:

In previous years I remember having the impression that Coloccini was far from solid and pretty mistake prone overall, both for club and for country but I think certainly this season, and probably the last one as well, that he has been very good and a distinct leader holding it together defensively for Newcastle.

He is a pretty good footballer who can bring the ball forward. Sweeper style defender with an impressive activity-range, so to speak, of making tackles, interceptions and clearances. Good pace. Good in the air and I'm pretty sure a skilled organizer as well these days, comfortable controlling things both in higher line (defending open space) and deeper (defending tight man on man space) around the area. A defender who can master both is a great positive.

I'm not sure he is elite one on one but he reads the game well and has a lot of impact (again with his efficient defensive activity) helping out what I think is a very suspect defensive bunch surrounding him at Newcastle, so I definitely give him a lot of credit for that.

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