Nolberto Solano hails Fabricio Coloccini's influence during Newcastle's good run

Fabricio Coloccini

Solano praised the Newcastle skipper for his contribution to Newcastle's turnaround after a difficult start to the campaign.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano has hailed the influence that captain Fabricio Coloccini has had at the club, as they Magpies have undergone a dramatic turnaround under Alan Pardew - where they were winless for much of the campaign, only to win five consecutive domestic games. 

During that spell, Coloccini has been at the heart of a defence that has conceded just the one goal as they have won against Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in the League - as well as overcoming Manchester City to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

He told the Chronicle: “I know Colo very well and he does so much behind the scenes.

“He works with the young players very well and makes them get used to life in Newcastle, because he’s been there himself.

“Colo has the experience to go out and show the lads the way, he leads the way.

“He’s doing quite well and if he keeps it up he could be a candidate for player of the season at Newcastle."

Keeping the goals out at one end helps as Newcastle seem to have found enough cutting edge in the final third to stage a dramatic turnaround at the start of this season.

There was a lot of pressure mounting on manager Alan Pardew given their poor start to this season, as well as the slump that occurred last year after a promising start to the last campaign.

If there was ever was a player to be calm in difficult circumstances at Newcastle it was going to be their skipper who has experienced relegation from the Premier League, but knows how to bounce back as they did when they were promoted the following season - and have since consolidated their place in the top flight.

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