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.
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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