Newcastle United were dealt a blow at the end of last week when it was revealed that captain and defensive stalwart Fabricio Coloccini was, and still is contemplating a move away from the club. The Argentine is reported to have personal problems that need attending to back in his native Argentina with the proposition of a loan spell at San Lorenzo seemingly his preferred option for now.
While so far nothing has come of the speculation there is serious anxiety that Alan Pardew may have to brace himself for the departure of yet another of his star players after losing Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier in the month.
His performance against Sunderland earned him a comparison to Bobby Moore from his gaffer but apart from that he has suffered with injuries and a slight dip in form; perhaps a visible sign of his current private difficulties.
Newcastle are hardly blessed with defensive options at the moment so losing Fab is far from ideal; especially when you consider their currently precarious league position. They have been linked with a move for AS Nancy defender Massadio Haidara in recent pressers but he is predominantly a left-back which would not solve the problem of their captain’s return to initial habitat.
But is there a cost efficient and potentially rewarding option in the Premier League?
Sebastian Coates has been somewhat outcasted by Brendan Rodgers in recent months and the Uruguayan cannot be happy with his situation. A regular for his national side and an obviously talented footballer he has been left on the fringes of the Liverpool team; with veteran Jamie Carragher even preferred as backup.
It has led to some speculation that he could possibly leave on loan this January; with the potential for that temporary move to become something more permanent in the summer.
At just 22-years-old the centre back is potentially a magnificent player and is reported to be keen on a stay in the UK and Newcastle could be the perfect location. In many ways he is very similar in style to Coloccini. Both are strong in the air using their sizeable frames to good advantage but also possess fine technique for their position.
If Liverpool are genuinely keen on loaning or selling the talented defender then surely Newcastle United could be a viable destination.
Should Newcastle consider Coates in the event of Colocinni’s departure?
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