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.
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.
Note: Matthew Stephenson is a life-long Newcastle fan and an avid reader of this blog – and he is participating in the Great North Run in early September, and running to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer. Here is Matthew’s JustGiving page and please donate for a worthy cause, to help him reach his £300 goal for the Charity – many thanks.