Pardew – Jack Colback Is An Important Player For Newcastle


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.

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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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

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.



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372 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Perhaps Pardoom should put more effort in NOT going behind so easily.
    oh wait…
    That would mean having a game plan.
    Doh!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Rotonda,
    Vidal, as in the player Juve value at £40million and has been linked with Real this summer?? Behave, even in our pomp we would struggle with that!

    Vargas is available though, and probably not too pricey. I think he is at Napoli, but been on loan in Brazil and Spain for the last 18months as he isn’t wanted at Napoli.

    Medel will be available to, can’t see him staying with Cardiff.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    lilo

    I think that’s why I said none of the above will happen!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Colback is a typical pardew grafter but will create next to nothing.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda,
    2 of them are probably doable. Vidal is pie in they sky.

    Although at the minute, Liam Hatch is probably pie in the sky for this group of buffoons.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilo

    Sad days indeed my friend, sad days indeed.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Worrying…, colback is decent but hes not a player you want when you go behind!!! Hes hardly going to create or unlock defences! Hes the kind of player you want to bring on when holding on to a lead or start in games where the opposition have a lot of possession….

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    The announcement on the official club site admits:

    “Season tickets for the 2014-15 season have now been released on general sale and many areas of St James’ Park currently have availability”
    – – – – – – – –
    Maybe just maybe the tide is finally turning.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    so are we planning to go behind a lot

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    not a penny more
    show the thieving git

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    beermonkey

    That’s pardew’s usual game plan!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    It definitely sounds like Colback has been given a purple status, a five man midfield with Gouffran on one side as a wing back and maybe Gutierez on the other side with a big loan striker up top on his own with Cisse and Anita benched.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Jayphoto

    Exactly mate

    Parsnip obviously sees him as a game changer and if he does he’s clearly deluded!

    One thing that stands out with parsnip (apart from his long list of disasters) is the fact that when sissoko first joined us he apparently said to his coaching team (if you can call them that) “finally I have a number 10”

    Fcuking deluded cretin!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14

    looks that way although not sure what situation is with Guti any more. Oh happy days!

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15

    RH

    its a bizarre statement
    like he is conceding defeat already

    maybe he knows no1 else is coming in

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  • Lew Davies

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #16

    “Fcuking deluded cretin!”
    that’s Pardoom to a T

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda,
    I haven’t received an e mail from them offering me deal yet, I wonder if somebody actually read my reply to the last offer they sent me.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    You never know, could get interesting

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    beermonkey

    Under Pardew we don’t score many and we concede a lot. Quite a fatal combination really! Ash just doesn’t seem to give a rats though.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20
  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Colback is just our version of a Reo Coker or Haydyn Mullins.

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  • nut meg

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew must now know what most people on here know.With no goal scorers,no creative players & the same defenders as last season….of course we’ll go behind.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #23

    “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.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Only one criticism !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nut meg

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Somebody will have to break the news to the poor soul that it’s Jack Colback we got over the line ……not Roy of the Rovers.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    RH

    given the way we leak goals if you had a partnership that had a little run and kept clean sheets against spurs and Chelsea both score a lot of goals over the last couple of years, then you would keep it

    we never press to score the winner or kill teams off we score and sit back

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Beer monkey,
    That clean sheet against Spurs was hardly down to a well organised defence mate.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #27

    AP mate,
    You do realise that we need 5 very good players in order to compete. This guy is a utility player not a game changer.

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  • BuckLuck

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Wonderful to see we… they struggle to sell season tickets(I guess “we” are “they” now).
    My feelings for the club are still as strong as it was for 10 years ago but a lot of love has been replaced with a lot of hatred.

    I see Colback is key for us now. That doesn’t bode well for future transfers and the coming season. Not that it matters as long as Pardew is here though.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    jail

    no it was down to super krul

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    “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.”

    Pardew’s vision of the future… Newcastle going behind in games, and having to rely on “important player” Colback to try and push for a draw.

    I am not normally overly critical or like to nit-pick at Pardew’s comments… but this comment truly exposes what is in store for next season.

    Can you imagine Brendan Rodgers talking about a free signing as being important before that player had even pulled on a shirt – going into detail about how that player was going to be effective to help Liverpool from going behind in games.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    As I thought Colback is going straight into the first team. He is a “grafter” without doubt -but is not creative and he hardly ever scores. Mr T will automatically start -he is our natural “destroyer” -this suggests Anita will be our creative payer in midfield. He works hard but does not possess the quick thinking or the skills to be successful in this role.
    Percys’ words “going behind” is synonymous with “legendary collapse”.
    I know transfer wise -it is still early days – things might happen for the good -but it looks to be shaping up very poorly.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Ancientcoptic

    Welcome aboard. Nitpicking Pardew’s comments is great fun. You’ve done a good job there. Like it.

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we need to scout around North/South America. Some very good technical players and they all have a good determination and work rate about them.

    DeAndre Yedlin – Right back – USA
    Eder Alvarez Balanta – Centre back – Colombia
    Marcos Rojo – Centre back/Left back – Argentina
    Gary Medel – Centre midfielder – Chile
    Jefferson Montero – Winger – Ecuador
    Enner Valencia – Striker – Ecuador
    Javier Hernandez – Striker – Mexico
    Eduardo Vargas – Striker – Chile

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    people on here have such a grudge about pardew, you’ll just pluck anything out of the air to try and slate his comments or anything he says to the press you’ll try and make out he’s talking crap. Do you not think pardew will be absolutely working his arse off to get his tactics better and to have better plans and training, especially after the end of the second half of next season.

    get a grip and back him, he is here for the long term.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Ancient

    Spot on, it’s an appallingly negative mindset to have but in all honesty it is pardews signature theme.

    Just our luck we get the one owner who tolerates such wanton mediocrity.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardump is following the same path he always follows during the transfer windows. He starts of with the same drivel “we need to bring in 3-4 quality players”. Then it’s more of; “the type of players we are after are difficult to get over the line”. When nobody arrives it’s; “we did our best to get them over the line, but it’s difficult when you are competing with teams like Yoville Town and Acrington Stanley. But we are better placed than last season, we have X,Y,and Z back from loan and are a lot stronger than last time”.

    I see no change this time, we may get an unknown striker in but the team will be filled out from the development squad.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #37

    Anyone else starting to worry Colback may be Cabaye’s replacement ? 🙁 .

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    Hahahahahaha – James Toon – best gag of the day so far – bloggers trying to make out that
    Percy is talking crap – bloggers take no part in the talking crap process – Percy does it aturally himself.
    You seriously need to change your game – I suggest netball or ladies wrestling.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    firebug

    the sad thing is we have got some half decent youngsters like Kemen, but none will come through under pardew. Pardew is a graveyard for young footballing talent. Everything about Pardew’s whole approach is wrong.

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  • expatmag

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    James

    I suppose you are happy with 14 defeats out of 19 games at the latter part of last season and the defensive tactics employed by a dinosaur?

    Thought so!!!!!!!!

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