It’s now six weeks and two days since the Premier League season ended, and most Newcastle fans are a little bit disappointed that we have only signed Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez for a total of £1.4M so far this summer, but of course on the positive side of things, there’s still over two months remaining in the transfer window, so there’s still time to hopefully get some of our top targets on Tyneside by September.
Jack Colback – important player for Newcastle
Jack Colback is from Killingworth, and most of us thought he was a (very) good signing, and he played well for Sunderland in their run in that saw them escape relegation last season, and he looked a good player for the Black Cats in those games.
It turns out that Jack was hoping to sign for his home town club when his Sunderland contract ran out this summer, and he did just that, but Sunderland issued an acerbic statement on Jack after he left, saying they had invested big money in him and got nothing for it.
That was an unusually unprofessional comment coming from Sunderland, and didn’t reflect well on the Stadium of Light club.
Jack’s a Geordie and supported the team while growing up in Newcastle, and he knows all about what it means to play for Newcastle United, and this is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette today:
“I think he’s an important player,” “One criticism of the team last season was when we went behind – we couldn’t turn that into a winning situation.”
“Jack’s the sort of player who’s important when you go behind.” “He has that inner determination, drive and fight in him – he’s always competitive.”
It will be interesting to see if Jack can get a starting place in the Newcastle side next season, and he has many good attributes as a footballer, and they include being a very good passer of the ball, and he hardly ever gives the ball away – and that’s always the sign of a good player.
And as Alan points out – he is a determined player with a great temperament.
We hope Jack blossoms on Tyneside, and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if he does just that next season.
Note: I’ll be in England on vacation with my wife Madeline for about three weeks, and we travel overnight tonight – I’ll do my best to get the articles out during that time.