Coloccini relishes challenge
Fabricio Coloccini is enjoying football on Tyneside after enduring a steep learning curve since signing for Newcastle.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 08/11/08 2:04pm
Fabricio Coloccini is enjoying football on Tyneside after enduring a steep learning curve since signing for Newcastle this season.
The 26-year-old defender arrived at St James' Park in a £10.3million switch from Spaniards Deportivo La Coruna in August and walked into a whole new world.
Not only was the Argentine struggling to cope with the pace and power of the Premier League and new culture and lifestyle in England, the new signing also had to deal with the well-publicised troubles of his new club.
But the South American has shrugged off any initial unsettling times and has been the only ever-present player in the United squad, and was particularly impressive during the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The defender is now relishing the chance to help the club continue its rich vein of form and wants nothing but a win against Fulham in Sunday's Premier League encounter (live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1).
"Football in England is very different to that in Spain, Italy and Argentina. But match by match I am feeling better in the Premier League," Coloccini said.
"It is very important for me to adapt to the football in this country, and I feel I am getting stronger each game.
"I feel very good at the moment at Newcastle. I have played in all the matches and I am very happy about that.
"I am enjoying my football and looking forward to the next game."
Interim boss Joe Kinnear is likely to stick with the same 11 who claimed the three points against Villa and the club's second successive win, meaning fit-again Michael Owen and Danny Guthrie should start on the bench.