Loads of Newcastle fans have been reflecting on the career of Fabricio Coloccini, who they feel deserves more credit for his time with the Magpies.
Newcastle are about as well-stocked with centre backs now as they ever have been, with Rafael Benitez clearly intent on building his team from the back.
Jamaal Lascelles is deservedly captain for his exploits last season, Federico Fernandez has proved more than capable of filling in on occasion, Florian Lejeune just seems to get better and better, while Fabian Schar is surely in the running for signing of the season.
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It hasn’t always been that way though, and for a long time it was Coloccini who almost single-handedly carried the Magpies back line.
The 37 year-old made 275 appearances on Tyneside, scoring seven times, but is often remembered for the calamity-prone old man he played like during the end of his tenure, rather than the dominant leader he once was.
Fans are now looking to correct that, heaping praise on the unsung hero on Twitter.
You can find some of the best reactions down below…
Fabricio Coloccini is totally under-appreciated by #NUFC fans. Remembered by far too many for his decline late on, not the phenomenal form that got us promoted & lead us to 5th that season. For a year or two, there were few PL centre-backs better than him.
— NUFCblog.co.uk (@NUFCblogcouk) March 20, 2019
I was at Sunderland away when we we’re down to ten men it was one of the finest cb displays I’ve seen he was impassable… ?
— polyflan1971??????????????. (@Peter09387178) March 20, 2019
These are just facts!
— ?️rıstol Magpıe (@BristolMagpie) March 20, 2019
Was very good at playing out from the back before it was cool too!
— Ibraheem (@IbraheemNufc) March 20, 2019
— Joe (@Joenufc1987) March 20, 2019
— mk (@Hpool2018k) March 20, 2019