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Pardew Takes Pressure Off Coloccini
Published : 27 Jan 2013 16:36:18Rss feed
Alan Pardew insists keeping hold of Fabricio Coloccini this month was better than any of his new signings.
Alan Pardew: “The personal issue he had, it’s delicate.
"It’s not nice and I wouldn’t want anybody to be in that position. He’s such a brilliant guy and man, and now he’s going to help us.
“His reaction on the training ground has been brilliant, almost like he’s accepted it himself. Perhaps he was questioning himself, but maybe now he’s answered it.
“Despite the signings, the bigger news for me is Coloccini and Cabaye.
“Cabaye has now had a game and is up to speed. He’s our best player, perhaps outside of Hatem (Ben Arfa), certainly our most influential midfield player
“And Colo’s now installed back after the question marks over him staying, and that’s as big as the Mapou signing.
“He (Yanga-Mbiwa) is an outstanding player who we’ve brought to the club.
“Mapou has fantastic leadership skills, great potential and fantastic power – and that’s something we have been lacking, a bit of power.
“There’s a re-energy on the training ground with new players coming in because actually new players coming in aren’t really about taking us forward.
“They help, but it’s existing players and the competition that’s there.
“Now there’s no room for errors, no room for the odd game where you don’t play at your best. You have to play very, very well now to stay in this team.
“I have to make sure that the team that goes out at Villa has enough experience and enough quality around it.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad