Coloccini has been a mainstay in the Magpies’ team this season, but McClaren feels that the Argentine defender is guilty of trying to cover for his teammates too often.
As a result, the former England boss has tried to restrain Coloccini, and he saw an improvement in the experienced defender in his side’s match against Bournemouth last weekend.
“It’s a collective thing, and maybe sometimes, Fabricio tries to plug the gaps of everybody.
“Sometimes, he tries to look after everybody instead of looking after his own game, and that can expose him.
“When Colo’s at his best, he concentrates on his job and I think that was the case on Saturday. He did that excellently, and it was a good job we had him.”
Newcastle were forced to defend for much of their match against Bournemouth, and they stood up to the challenge manfully.
The Magpies were camped inside their own half for much of their most recent fixture, as Bournemouth dominated, but they showed their organisation and resilience.
The win picked up on the south coast, thanks to an Ayoze Perez strike, has lifted them out of the Premier League relegation zone, and there is finally some momentum being built at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle’s next match comes against high-flying Leicester City in two weekends’ time.