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This Player A Future Captain At Newcastle?

9:39 am, Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

One of the problems Newcastle have had in recent seasons, is that we play well against the very top teams, but  rarely take any points out of those games, and then we play much poorer opposition, and we don’t play anywhere near our best,  and we fail to take points from those games too.

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Jack Colback in action on Sunday

That’s a conundrum that Alan Pardew faces this season, and we must play at our best against the lesser teams in the league in order to maximize the points we get.

Jack Colback is fast making a name for himself at Newcastle, and the local lad was easily our best player on Sunday against Manchester City when he made his debut against one of the top teams – if not the top team in England at the moment.

And Colback is certainly down to earth, and while we played well on Sunday, Newcastle still didn’t get any points on the board, and Jack has talked about playing well against the lesser teams – like Aston Villa on Saturday for instance.

This is what Jack had to say today:

“You get nothing for a pat on the back in this league,” “‘There is no point upping our game against the better teams and then not performing against the so-called lesser sides, otherwise we will lose games.”

“We need to make sure we are winning games. But if we apply ourselves like we did (on Sunday), I’m sure we can get some good results. We’ve got to do that every week, regardless of who we play.”

“It was a controversial move from Sunderland, but I just want to come here, get my head down and play my football and do well for the team.”

“My debut feels bittersweet really. It was a great occasion for me personally to play at St James’.” “The atmosphere was brilliant. But we came away without any points,  so it’s disappointing.”

If we are to play well in games then we will get most points if we put in those performances against all the teams who are not in the top six.

And with Jack’s excellent form and sensible remarks in his interviews, he could well become a future captain  of Newcastle, and it’s about time we had a local lad as captain of the club.

If Jack keeps up the level he has shown in pre-season and on Sunday, then England manager Roy Hodgson may need to take a look at the Killingworth lad – he’s looked that good so far in a black and white shirt, although of course it’s still very early in the season.

We just hope we get those good consistent performance from Jack this season, and Newcastle will do very well in the league.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Antidisestablishmentarianism.

    Someone had to say it.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Captain? England? Whooooaaa there, hold your horses Ed! :)

  • 3 geordie157 // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Great debut, if he’s consistent and keeps improving he could be the bargain of the season.

  • 4 Pottz // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Colback is a good player and think he will be 1of the 1st names on the teamsheet every week. Nice left foot, good box to box player, not afraid to have a dig and always looks to play a positive ball. Good temperament too.

    A good bargain for free. Certainly a bargain in the eyes of Ashley. He will make a name for himself at NUFC and will command the usual outlandish fee for an English player and will be sold to the highest bidder in a year or 2.

  • 5 Tsunki // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Call me old fashioned but the day we have a no.9 as captain again is the day we will get back into the groove, until then we will stay in the rut ha ha.

  • 6 Graeme // Aug 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Colback has played ONE game this season and already Ed is promoting him for the Captains Armband!!

    Agreed, Collo is losing his way, has lost his “A” game and his days at SJP must be numbered. To say Colback is the potential No1 man for the job may be a bit premature Ed.

    If we get Saylor replaced in the next 2 weeks with a good younger, faster, smarter player, then Collo could be moved on in January, on the basis that HIS replacement is brought in at the same time. By then a new “Captain” could well have materialised.

  • 7 toonincheek // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    A decent pre-season, one competitive game and it’s Colback being lined up for England and a future captain.

    It’s all or nothing with us. Rubbush or a star.

    It’s always black and white with us.
    Wonder why.
    Oh Yes, I know!

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Stuart,

    As much as I would liked to be proved wrong I just think AP is too set in his ways to bring the best out of the players we now have and have always had tbh.

    I don’t know if AP or Allardyce will ever feel comfortable being asked or in Allardyce’s case ordered to play more attacking and entertaining football.

    Defensive, containing, risk free football with 1 man on his own up top, not supported quickly enough, is so engrained in both their mentality that it’s going to take a huge leap and stretch to artificially do something which does not come naturally to you.

    You will have different mindsets in all sports and I’m showing my age here but ie Geoff Boycott could take forever painfully compiling runs where as ”King Viv” Richards could regularly score at more than a run a ball even in test cricket and I know which one I preferred to watch.

    If Pardew can totally alter his ethos and play offensive football on a regular basis, not just we are a goal down then it would be fantastic.

    Saw glimpses of that on Sunday, maybe against weaker opposition if we attack from the off rather than wait to see what happens, who knows where it could take us.

  • 9 woolerbill // Aug 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I can’t see any change from last season, some poor and some average players, as for the new players, nothing to get write home about. If we are lucky we may get a top ten finish.

  • 10 JP...from The Rock // Aug 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    A bit over the board Ed! Captain!?? Lets judge him after one full season at least and then we can have a clear picture, certainly not after just one game!

  • 11 Mag52 // Aug 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Rotonda.
    It’s all very well criticising a manager for not playing all-out attacking football from the first whistle, but you’d be crazy to do this against every team you play against in the premiership.
    Against the top teams, with the firepower they have available, they’ll rip you apart in no time and going in at half time 3 or more goals down, the game is lost.
    The longer you can keep a clean sheet against these top clubs or possibly even snatch a breakaway goal, the more chance you have of getting some sort of result.
    As you rightly say at the end of your post, a different approach should be taken when we play the lesser teams, especially at home, and hopefully we’ll see this as the season progresses.




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