FABRICIO Coloccini’s determined to let his feet do the talking on the pitch at Newcastle United.
The club’s captain hasn’t spoken to the media in recent weeks.
United manager Alan Pardew – whose team take on Queens Park Rangers tomorrow needing a win to pull away from the Premier League’s relegation zone – has admitted his team’s poor form on the field has “affected” Coloccini.
Coloccini’s own season has been interrupted by injury and suspension.
And his form, and that of the team, sits heavy on his shoulders, according to Pardew.
“He is one of those players for whom not winning does affect him,” Pardew told SportMail.
“I don’t think he like to put himself out there if he doesn’t feel the results reflect very well – I understand that.
“The fact the results stay with him says a lot about the man as a professional.”
Coloccini was outstanding in the heart of Newcastle’s defence last season.
And his performances this term have fallen short of the high standards he has set himself.
The injuries suffered by his colleagues – notably centre-half Steven Taylor – haven’t helped the club replicate the defensive solidity of last season.
Meanwhile, Pardew hopes to welcome winger Gabriel Obertan back from injury against QPR.
Obertan has been sidelined for more than five weeks with a toe problem.
And Pardew’s keen to have Obertan – and his pace – available to him.
“He has a chance of being involved,” said Pardew.
“When we don’t have Gabby, it does affect the opposition because when he’s in the team, their left-back doesn’t go anywhere.
“We’ve had problem with that in recent weeks in terms of the opposition left-back getting into our box and creating goals.
If nothing else, he’ll stop that. If Gabby plays as he has done in the European matches, then he will affect the game in a positive manner as well.”