Gary Neville critical of Fabricio Coloccini’s performance against Leicester City

Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle United suffered a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City at St. James’ Park in the Premier League at the weekend.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville criticised Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini’s performance against Leicester City on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday night.

The former United defender was not impressed with how the 33-year-old Argentine centre-back defended against Leicester striker Jamie Vardy during the Premier League game at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

“Different questions will start getting asked of Vardy and there’s no way teams will be as bad as Coloccini and Newcastle’s defence were moving forward – particularly in these next six games (for Leicester), which are tough. He’s going to get marked tighter,” explained Neville.

“For some reason (on Saturday) Coloccini thinks it’s the right thing to do to stand off him. He allows him to have it and I think what we see when he picks up the ball on the outside of the area is a level of maturity from Vardy. Last season he would gone straight towards goal – raw, passionate, direct.

"But he actually toys a bit with Coloccini. He slows him down, makes him think he’s not interested in picking up the (through) ball, slows him up and then plays a brilliant one-two and gets into a great position. He’s offside if you look at it from a different angle but the finish is brilliant.”

Newcastle lost the match 3-0 and are now in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

Coloccini took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 86%, won 40% of his headers, made four interceptions, five clearances and one block, and committed one foul.

In 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies so far this season, the former Deportivo La Coruna defender has a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and has won 18 headers, three dribbles and 14 tackles.

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