This Player Has Been A Revelation At Newcastle So Far

Jack Colback made his debut against probably the best side in England at the moment in Manchester City and he had a great games, with Alan Pardew calling the redhead fantastic in his debut game.

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Jack Colback in action on Sunday

It seems that manager Alan Pardew is keen to play Jack in what he thinks his best position is – in central midfield, and one reason we hope we will keep Cheick Tiote at Newcastle this summer is that these two could make a great partnership for Newcastle in the middle of the park.

Jack came to Newcastle with an average pass ratio of 89% and that’s what he achieved against Manchester City on Sunday and he also won three of every four tackles against the Premier League Champions.

And in our next two games against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace – lesser opposition than City – we could see Jack be just as dominant and even more so.

Sunderland were not happy when Jack made it clear he wanted to join his home town club Newcastle on a free transfer in the summer, when they put out a rather terse and critical statement:

“Jack is a player we have nurtured and developed through our academy system since he was eight years old. We gave him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and are therefore extremely disappointed in the events that have led to his departure from the club.”

“This wasn’t about money – the club agreed to all of the terms demanded of us during discussions and we were always led to believe that Jack wanted to stay with us. At his and his representatives’ request, final talks were put on hold until the club secured its top flight status. To our dismay however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.”

“For him to then leave the club that has supported him throughout his formative years in such a manner, with no chance for Sunderland to recover any of the significant investment that it has made in him as a player, has left a bitter taste.”

Putting out a statement like that about a player who has been at your club since he was 10 years old, and given good service while he was there, is not the way to win friends and influence people, and most people were stunned at the tone of that Sunderland statement.

And Jack keeps mentioning his controversial move from Sunderland in his interviews, so it’s on his mind for sure.

You have to remember that most lads want to play for their home town clubs – especially when you are a Geordie born and bred in Newcastle as Jack was – and he attended the Newcastle games with his father while a youngster.

In the summer when he signed for us, we thought Jack would struggle to be a starter, but he has proved us completely wrong – and we now hope this lad can build on his great start and become a top star playing for Newcastle United.

Having seen Jack play through pre-season and on Sunday against the best team in England – that’s a definite possibility.

Howay The Lads!!

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19 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed…you do lay it on thick sometimes 😀

  • nut meg

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Mike Hooper was more interested in bird watching than football.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on man this was reported on this site weeks ago!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    And the hype continues!!

  • ToonLynx

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone else think that if Tiote leaves we should go for either Wanyama or Stambouli?
    Or should we go for Grenier and stick with Anita and Colback for DM coverage

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Our toon

    Even though your probably right, you can’t imagine us paying 16million for anyone can you?

    I’d argue the only time Ashley would spend that’s sort of money would be if he got Messi in a dodgy deal and knew he get five times that amount in six months.

    Even though it would come out the clubs coffers there still in a dark corner if Ashley’s pocket.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #7

    ToonLynx….I am hoping for Grégory Sertic!

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #8

    My comment is awaiting moderation haha

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    We already have Sissoko, Anita and Colback in that position. We need a Cabaye replacement and Clement Grenier should be snapped up.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    We played better without Tiote last weekend.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #11

    The derisory bid was made weeks ago apparently

    Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will not be sold at a knock-down price this summer.

    Reports from Russia have suggested Lokomotiv Moscow have opened talks with the Magpies in an effort to prise the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international out of manager Alan Pardew’s grasp.

    However, Press Association Sport understands Lokomotiv tabled an offer for Tiote several weeks ago which was dismissed as “derisory” and have not returned since.

    It is understood the Russian club’s bid amounted to fractionally more than the fee Newcastle paid Dutch outfit FC Twente for the midfield enforcer’s services in 2010.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like they tried “an Ashley” on us….bet he was wobbling his considerable face fat everywhere 😉

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Kets, I know, but Tiote should not be let go. Am sure Colback will get the usual injuries. If we get good money for him, maybe. Then spend it on a centre half!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #14


    We need a proper holding midfielder.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #15


    I seen the dig at me in your reply to OT, bit in called for really ,

    I’d love it for you to find stuff that I have put out there that you find unfair on pardew , I fully accept I may get on peoples nervs with how much I go on , but everything i say on about him is backed up by facts

    1 I don’t like the football he has us playing , people are saying it was man city, yeh yeh , no matter if it was burnley we play the same football , contain and counter attack,
    2 we don’t look fit when we play , I watch most other teams running and making space for each other, our teams are filled with individual tallent , that would rather shoot than pass ,
    3 we do not support the forwards / forward,

    4 excuses , boy oh boy the man can give you a reason for any occasion, my all time fave is we was too hyped, pure class,
    5 free kicks and corners , we have one variation of bang it up to Williamson , and that’s it.
    6 subs , 9 times out of 10 it’s a defensive one first, this week it was obertron, the man is worse than useless, we went down to 10 men when he came on
    7 man management skills or lack of them, take HBA , he hates the fact he is a crowd fave , and treats him bad in my opinion, but HBA splits fans , but take jonas, his treatment has been shocking , take all the kids , pardew hung them all out to dry after a cup game

    it was pointed out on the last thread, the teams fielded last season nufc v man c , , man c were faves for the title same as this year , yet we gave them a better game, had shots on target, this game , not one shot on target , but pardew says we were unlucky ??? I simply don’t get that, to be unlucky you have to be close , and we wearnt,

    Munster please come on and give some solid valid reasons as to why pardew should be cut a break , if not be quiet

  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we may have got a point last weekend with Tiote in there rather than Anita, but it’s hard to judge.

    Anita tends to come across as ineffectual, but some people have suggested that he’s merely “unspectacular” and doesn’t register in the memory much, not just because he doesn’t do anything spectacularly good – but because he rarely makes any spectacular or costly mistakes.

    Personally I’d be gutted to lose Tiote and I’m itching to see how we do with him, Colback and SDJ in the side. That’s a seriously gutsy spine to the team that should allow players like Cabella to run riot.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    No we don’t. Anita and Sissoko are good enough. Stephane Mbia is available for nothing.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    If Tiote goes his replacement will be the lad from Montpelier, Vincent Di Steffano he’ll be free NEXT year. think that’s the lad there was a post on him a few days back.

  • Spud

    Aug 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #19

    If Tiote does go i think Fofana from Lyon would be a good replace. N’Zonzi might be another option, but he has a bad attitude apparently and i would presume he’d be cheaper than Fofana


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