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Coloccini leaving could spell the end of the Pardew optimism:

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Earlier in the season Alan Pardew compared his curly haired central defender Fabricio Coloccini to the late, great Bobby Moore. He has been one of the few Newcastle players to have played consistently well and given his all for the club in a season that is a stark contrast to their giant killing, in terms of money spent, performances from last season. Today will be one of anxiety and worry for many members of the Toon Army as the black and white Bobby Moore has stated that he is desperate to return to his native Argentina for personal reasons.

What these reasons are remain unclear but according to the Guardian, Coloccini has told Pardew he wants to leave as soon as possible.

Not only have Newcastle lost their most talismanic offensive player in Demba Ba, thanks to Chelsea activating the most high profile release clause since Marisa left the OC, if Coloccini were to leave it would mean an almost certain dogfight for relegation lies ahead for Newcastle United. Without Coloccini the only recognised defender that’s fully fit is Michael Williamson, if you listen closely you can actually here the groans of “Haway man!” from the capital of the North East.

This January transfer window will no doubt be yet another test of owner Michael Ashley’s resolve as the owner so in and out of the fans good books you would be excused for coating him in Marmite and attaching twiglets to his body as he has become that much of a love hate caricature. His arrival brought on the name of “Cockney Mafia” aimed at him and the then director of football Dennis Wise until he helped pay for Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye. This then promoted him into the warm hearts of geordie’s covered in black and white.

With Demba Ba gone and Coloccini potentially about to follow, a new striker and central defender will be added to the shopping list that Alan Pardew knows he needs in order to sustain Premiership status whilst doing as best as they can in the Europa League.

The apparent destination for Coloccini is the club his father Osvaldo works for San Lorenzo and even with the high transfer fee that Newcastle will place upon that big bean bag of curly hair, the fact Coloccini is happy to take a wage cut from his £60,000 a week contract shows how desperate he is to leave. Along with him also saying so to Pardew.

The ill timing of Coloccini’s announcement creates a big worry for Alan Pardew’s trip to Norfolk tomorrow as he may have a big decision to make about whether he thinks the Argentine is capable of playing.

On the bright side at least Shola Ameobi won’t be going to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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