Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson were a great tandem in central defense for Newcastle United.
Continuing our series on successful pairings for Newcastle United, we look at the duo of Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson at center-back for the club during the early 2010s.
The Argentine Coloccini arrived on Tyneside in 2008 from Deportivo La Coruna. In January of 2010, Williamson joined the Magpies, who were playing in the Championship at the time.
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While winning the second division, Coloccini and Williamson started 37 and 16 matches, respectively. Williamson as able to fill in for an injured Steven Taylor. The Coloccini-Williamson partnership would continue in their first season back in the top flight as Newcastle fought to a 12th-place finish. Fabricio scored twice in the Premier League and Williamson added three assists.
The next season, newly-named captain Coloccini would split time playing next to Taylor and Williamson as the Magpies finished fifth in the EPL. Each of the central defenders was out a considerable amount of the 2012-13 Premier League season, but Coloccini and Williamson started next to one another in seven matches in the Europa League.
The 2013-14 campaign was a rare one that had Williamson racking up more appearances than the reliable Coloccini. Williamson scored a late equalizer vs. Crystal Palace that season, his first in the Black and White. That season would prove to be the last full season for the duo together. Williamson couldn’t break into the squad and would be loaned to Wolverhampton and Coloccini departed Newcastle to head back to Argentina with San Lorenzo.