John Carver lays into Fabricio Coloccini, claims Newcastle must address situation

Fabricio Coloccini

John Carver has made stunning claims about Fabricio Coloccini.

Former Newcastle boss John Carver has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini plays for himself.

Newcastle endured a humiliating evening on Saturday, as they were hammered 5-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in an embarrassing performance.

The result means that Newcastle have slipped back into the Premier League relegation zone, and whilst they are level on points with 17th placed Swansea City, fans are again concerned that Steve McClaren's men could face the drop this season.

A recurring criticism of the Magpies is that they have a lack of real leaders. Many believe that, once Newcastle fall behind, they struggle to come back into games and don't have any players who can rally the team together and launch a comeback.

Now, the attention has turned to captain Fabricio Coloccini. The Argentine has been criticised for some time now, and the 34-year-old was pulled all over the Stamford Bridge pitch by the movement of Chelsea's Diego Costa.

In times of trouble, skipper Coloccini needs to step up as the voice of the team - but his former Magpies boss John Carver doesn't think he has that in him.

Speaking on BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra, Carver claimed that Coloccini only plays for himself, and isn't a real leader - before suggesting that Newcastle must address the situation with Coloccini sooner rather than later.

"Not really," said Carver when asked whether Coloccini was a natural leader. "He’s the captain of the football club, but he’s not like the old fashioned captain, like an Alan Shearer. Coloccini is not vocal. He always plays for himself, if I’m being honest. That is something that the club will have to address. In times like now, when we are in trouble, we need some leaders," he added.

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