Why Jack Colback Is A Good Acquisition For Newcastle


We are hoping the recent news that Newcastle seem to have won the race for Sunderland midfielder Jack Raymond Colback are true, and that he will sign for Newcastle when he returns from his summer vacation.

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Jack Colback and Juan Mata fight for the ball last season

Jack has just been married and he already has two young sons, so it could be that he and his wide wanted to stay in the North East area, and maybe that’s why he signed for his home town club.

If that’s true, then Jack is a sensible lad to agree with his wife so early in the marriage. 😀

Jack is a good solid player who always gives 100%,  and we were impressed with his form in the run-in to the season where Sunderland took 13 points out of their last 6 games, and got 7 points from their trips to Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United – simply amazing.

It’s surprising that Sunderland couldn’t keep him at the Black Cats, but their initial contract offer was low, because they didn’t know if they’s be in the Premier League next season.

And it could be that the measly offer started Jack and his agents looking around, and he found he was in some demand from Premier League clubs.

Jack will never be a star player, but he is like Nobby Stiles was for the England World Cup winning side of 1966, he is hard-working, strong and dependable, and all clubs needs these types of players – who hardly ever get the headlines, but they are worth their weight in gold to a team.

Jack can play at full back or anywhere across the midfield, so he is also versatile, and while at Sunderland he scored 5 goals in 135 appearances, and while that isn’t many goals it’s more than Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita have scored for Newcastle over the last two seasons.

Jack also scored 5 goals in 55 appearances while he was on loan at Ipswich Town from 2009 through 2011.

And of course having been born in Killingworth, he’s a Geordie, after all.

Comments welcome.

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160 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Tads

    I heard that the nuts they’re offering are out of date by a few months and the helicopter ride is just a rumour it was in fact SD vouchers

    Jfa

    No need to check bud we all know. Saying that we also get rid of our crappier player’s too

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail, I don’t think Mike Ashley, is the savior of our club for one second, nor do I think he’s likely at all to bring Champions league football back to St James’.

    I just think we are better placed to build a more legitimate side than we have been in the past. A top eight side, that can give the top six a run for its money and I think that’s the least the owner owes us and the best were likely to get from him.

    But yeah could be worse too, far worse I guess, but not necessarily so, or even more likely considering the position we are in.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    jimmy take off those jam jar bottoms lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    He is just going to be another Brit on too much money getting games in front of better players!

    …another fringe player not good enough to warrant a starting place – and he is not coming here because he has been told he’s a bench warmer 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    ”But yeah could be worse too, far worse I guess, but not necessarily so, or even more likely considering the position we are in”
    Confused, you will be 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper,
    I totally get it now, because Danes don’t do humour and sarcasm, you put a smiling winking face after every post you’ve tried to use humour or sarcasm so that we know what you’re on about.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye wanted to go, Enrique wanted to go, Ba wanted to go, Liverpool offered 35 million for Andy Carroll. The circumstances surrounding all of these excellent players made it hard to keep them. I think that is reasonable to say. I don’t see how their sale shows that we didn’t ideally want to keep them. Ashley could have thrown his own money at them. That would have been great. I personally wonder why with all his wealth he didn’t, but we know he wants it self sufficient. My greatest worry is more the level of competency to carry out a successful self sufficient strategy than the strategy itself, plus who wants to wait of course. But it it what it is, as far as we can piece together.

    Last season was unacceptable and rightly condemned. Let’s see how the club responds to it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper,
    Is that what those hybrid A’s and E’s you lot use are for, humour and sarcasm indicators, translated as winking smiley faces in English. :0 🙂 :O

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Rumours around toon is Mike Ashley is giving Pardew a very large cash cow to bring stability and rewards to Nufc. He states that a truce for toon army faithfuls will unite the city and back his land and property portfolios. Also he is prepared to break his wage and age restrictions to get the right football back to entertainment level. About bloody time here here!!!! I’m not the author of this but just shows how deluded some supporters are.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy,
    Why did they want to go though, good players but not fantastic, not your Modrics or Ronaldo’s of the world, players that would have likely stayed had we paid the going rate and showed a modicum of ambition, we lost Danny Simpson as an excellent back up player because they wouldn’t pay him the going rate a purple gets, even though he featured in all that season we finished fifth, don’t even bring AC in to it we al know that deal was a no brainer now after the initial anger.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Jimmy

    Ba should have been offered a new deal to take out that clause when he was banging the goals in, instead we waited until floppy chops gave that away.

    Ask yourself mate….why did all these players want out? The very thing you are praising (not paying over the odds) is the very reason these lads left. No ambition whatsoever, now we have fans saying bid 10m euros for cabella. Pay the money and buy the lad, just like we should have done with Bony

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Our Toon,
    In all fairness I don’t think we can blame that on floppy chops, his agents would have told every other club in Europe about it.

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  • KingNash

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t mind Colback at all. Perfectly servicable 15-20game midfielder.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail…when you say we are you talking about the “royal we”?

    …do you want a smiley and mate to go with that?… mate 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Our Toon…I am not even sure Ba would have signed such a deal!

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m suggesting that the club is better placed now to show some ambition and build a better side than it has been in the past under Ashley, if you accept that the profits are now there be put back in, where in the past they haven’t been. They may not be put back in in full of course, nor spent wisely, but based on the scenario that they will be.

    I haven’t pulled this out of my arse you know, it’s a commonly held view in the press, nor am I saying its going to happen, just that it can and should, particularly in light of the fans discontent, so I’m gonna take a keen but sober interest in how this transfer window pans out. Circumstances change and outcomes too, they’re hard to predict.

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  • Blofal

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail I’m just worried about paying €15 mill for Cabella, a player thats not proven himself in the premiership.

    Ashley won’t give us a lot to spend so we have to be preety sure about who we buy and Cabella is in the same type of player as Marveaux who can’t get a game for us.

    Plus he will be Pardewed anyway and will be played so deep and defensively that any creative ability will be snuffed out.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah, but he wouldn’t f@cken use his own money to do it, and now the club has its own to use, so why isn’t it plausible that we’ll spend now where in the past we wouldn’t.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail…you wouldn’t even know what those letter are for even if I told you. You would probably mistake them for some complot by Ashley to make your life miserable!

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Jesper

    I think we could have sat down with Ba’s representatives in December of that 1st season and thrashed out a deal which took the clause out, I think Ba’s agents would have signed it as well…Give them a bonus for him signing on of £2m and be done with it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Our Toon…I am not so sure pal, but of course I don’t know for sure. I always thought Ba wanted that clause for a reason (Newcastle was a stepping stone for him)

    …and he didn’t seem happy about the way we where playing like a few other players. I am afraid more are going to jump ship if something doesn’t give! It’s just my theory 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Eeehhh!

    If Colbeck’s just been married and already has two young sons he’s a been a very mucky pup.

    We don’t need such immoral, lost souls at our club, one of the last bastions of virtue where everyone’s treated with the greatest respect and valued by our fine upstanding owner, Mike Ashley.

    If everybody associated with Newcastle United were as spiritually and morally intact as him, we would be truly great, knowing that we can hold our heads high.

    All ye who doubt Ashley will see the light and marvel at his greatness.

    We are blessed to have him ws our spiritual guide.

    Halleluja!

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Blofal

    All transfers are a risk, even with proven premiership players…look a Shaun Wright Phillips, Torres, Felliani, these are just a few “proven” prem players that have failed miserably

    The bottom line is that we have ZERO creativity now that HBA and Marv aren’t near the starting 11, we need to take risks if we are to survive. This squad has gone from being one of the best we’ve had in a long time to a team that is slowly being disbanded to accommodate “GRAFTERS”

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  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    🙂 😉

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26

    ???????? mate!

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesper

    As much as I like Demba Ba, he is a player who prefers ££££’s rather than his career or at least the people around him would come across that way. He went on strike at Hoffenheim to get a move to WH…Clever clause to release him on a free if they went down. Same thing at the toon, that 1st season though we played good football, he was disappointed to be out on the wing when Cisse arrived though. I think if offered a deal in December and increased that clause to £15m he would have signed a new deal. Just my theory mate 🙂

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    What a jip! My smiley and winkey faces come out as ??????, another reason why they should be banned Ed, they’re not even democratic!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon… Ba, Cissé and Benny did look good up front didn’t they 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #30

    I can see it now Colback aka the new Gutierrez, another babysitter for our full backs!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #31

    so jimmy you want censorship? Anything else?

    *I know you frown upon “mate” as well! Should we use disclaimers when we write. Ibiza and I have toyed with that before.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper

    They looked class mate, dare I say they looked as though they had creative freedom without shackles.

    That all changed the following season when he tried to go 442 to please Ba

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Colback really had a below average season and his passing is just plain bad.

    …he will probably end up playing LB more often than CM!

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Greater discression for a start and World Peace, oh, and Shola to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup, just off the top of my head.

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  • lew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #35

    We should get Hangeland on free transfer, and kick Saylor and/or Colo out!!

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  • Siremre5

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Yohan Cabaye has warned his former club Newcastle United they will be losing a key player if they allow Haten Ben Arfa to depart this summer. Sky

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  • Siremre5

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #37

    For me, he remains an extraordinary player with enormous quality. It is true that it was harder for him late in the season. He is going to bounce back and find more opportunities with another team. For me, this is one of the players I’ve played with who has the highest quality.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #38

    🙂 never mind jimmy

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Disclaimer: as much as jimmysmith frown upon smiley/ winking face or the constant use of “mate” to end with a derogatory and patronizing flourish he just leaves out the smiley…I don’t 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #40

    …mate!

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