Pardew – We’re Very Fortunate To Have This Terrific Player

It was really good news today that Jack Colback has been included in the latest England squad, which is rebuilding after the hugely disappointing performances in the World Cup in brazil over the summer, when we couldn’t advance from our group and didn’t win a game.

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Jack Colback – in England squad

Alan Pardew was delighted with the inclusion of the Killingworth lad and he had this to say today:

“He’s a terrific player, the last time we won a World Cup we had a ginger in Alan Ball. Now we’ve got another one. About time.¨  “When we spoke to him, I said to him I think you should set your sights on the England team because from what I’ve seen of you and the profile you’re going to have here, it’s going to give you a massive chance of it.¨

“It has come a lot sooner than I thought, but he played very well in pre-season so the timing of it is good for him. He’s ready.¨ “The extra profile you have as an England squad member makes you grow as an individual and on the playing side it gives you a feeling of confidence, that the manager of England selects you.¨

¨That comes with a certain assurance in your own ability.”We’re very fortunate to have him. I’m looking forward to seeing him. I hope he gets a chance to get some part of the game in these two matches.¨ “I said to him they had called and asked about his fitness because he had a knock this week.¨

¨I suggested ‘That’s good, the radar’s on you.’ As I said it’s a little bit sooner than I expected but it’s great for him and his family and great for this area. It’s great we have players from the North-east in the England team.”

“The beauty is that it depends on the opposition, you can pencil him in to do a number of roles. If you’re the dominant force, then he might take a more defensive position because his passing range is fantastic, a bit like Yohan Cabaye’s.¨

“He also can carry a threat when teams are more assertive. For us, we can offer him a more forward role where he can use his energy.¨ “He has just got a great all-round ability. I’m not sure where England will have plans for him, but what I do know is number four, or number eight, he can do either of those quite comfortably.¨

“He’s our player but of course only six months ago he was at Sunderland so they have to take some credit as well. For North-east football it’s important that players from Newcastle and Sunderland are recognised therefore Jack’s an important figure in the England party.”

And Jack has the character, work ethic and skills to even become a regular England player, and he could be a big surprise when he starts to wear the England jersey.

And the big news doing the rounds is that England’s manager Roy Hodgson has said this about Jack:

¨Someone who knows him very well called Jack the “ginger Pirlo” – let’s hope that becomes true.¨

That’s praise indeed, and probably not warranted by Jack – yet.

We’ve been very surprised at just how good his passing is, and as Alan says,  he can also fill a number of roles in the side – both attacking and defending, and while at Sunderland he played at left back, although that seems a waste of his skills.

He’s made a  great start to his Newcastle career, and he will realize he made a terrific move to come to Newcastle United from Sunderland, as a free agent.

Wonder how much he would be worth in the transfer market now, especially if he picks up his first English cap in the two week International break?

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24 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I.e lots of pennies….come on say it like it is patsnip lol

    The extra profile you have as an England squad member makes you grow as an individual and on the playing side it gives you a feeling of confidence, that the manager of England selects you.¨

    ¨That comes with a certain assurance in your own ability.”We’re very fortunate to have him

  • stuart no9

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah we are lucky to have him alan — don’t f@@k him up .

  • Our Toon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #3


    You still haven’t answered the question, I don’t care about offers for HBA it’s a classic case of clubs looking at him and thinking is it worth the risk based on what they hear from the club. We aren’t exactly sending out positive news regarding his attitude….poorly managed by all parties.

    For all of his so called faults that you point to munster why has this trouble maker not run off like he has done at other clubs? Why has he been banished from all media and squad related activities? Seeing as he is so much trouble why has this trouble maker not spoken to the media? Or via social media?

    As for work rate, Sherwood said Lamela is the laziest player he has ever worked/played with in his life. Under Pochettino he’s not told to babysit the fullback but is asked to try to press high up. Unfortunately your esteemed leader expects babysitters rather than presses.

    Check your facts bud before distorting facts. Listen to Pochettino when he clearly says he is more concerned with what these players do offensively as that’s what there Jon is rather than what they don’t do defensively.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Interesting to see Pardew’s tactical take on where Colback can be played. Makes sense. Oh …

  • 70TWO

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    And to think they nearly sold him to West Ham

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Catch you later peeps I’m off down the Victoria tunnels tonight, bit of a jaunt through subterranean toon history.

    Be nice if you can’t be nice be funny 😉

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Couple of years ago it was more difficult to enter into England National Team.Jack Colback is good player and nothing more nothing less.The problem in Newcastle is that if he plays Sissoko and Tiote must be on the bench.And they are world class defensive midfielders representing strong National Teams.But Pardew will play all three plus fourth defensive midfielder Anita and lead Newcastle right in the second half of the last season.

  • kilcline

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Average player in my opinion but perfect for Pardrew who just wants to contain teams.

    Anyone have the latest net spend figures for prem clubs in the last 2-5 years?


  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    out of curiosity. Who is the back up CB this weekend? (assuming MYM is either hurt, moved or being moved so cant be risked) satka? Good?

  • stuart no9

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Our toon—— decent points there on how different managers set a team out and and how to judge certain players on their performance based on their natural position , not on a bit part that really they shouldn’t be doing anyway IMO .that is the difference between positivity and negativity in their approach to games .

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Kilcline, you can get the figures here. I has the transfer spends of all PL clubs on it for the last 20 years


  • Whumpie

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Really chuffed for Jack and Roley too; both just the kind of players we need to see in an England shirt.

    It’s good that AP acknowledged the mackems’ role in getting him to this standard; fair’s fair like.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    @7 go toon

    he’s ahead of tiote in my books.
    better passing/set plays/discaplin and everything else is about on par with tiote.
    sissoko was better before he signed for us but he’s not got that form in the centre while playing for us so uness he’s given a run of games to get upto scatch i believe he’s better on the wing.
    all in all he would be my first choice dm.

  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14


    due to it being two yellow cards, the suspention should be just 1 game so willo should be back so saylor will be on the bench.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Anita, Colback, Tiote, Sissoko – that’s a pretty good selection of central midfielders to pick from. Haven’t seen that for a while – especially with a proper Number 10 in front who knows where to be and how to make things happen in the final third.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    After some considerable consideration and in the knowledge that Palace will look to defend first and try to hit us on the break, it is more likely that AP will continue to use 4231 formation with Siem in the ‘pocket’. Which in essence gives four attackers with two holding midfielders, but who will partner Colback?

    Presume Cabella will be RAM but would like to see Riviere moved to LAM and perhaps Ferreyra give a start up front. Admittedly the team is still settling in but something needs tweaking in order to get some goals.

    My reviseed team for Palace would be:
    Riviere – SDJ – Cabella
    Colback – Anita
    Haidara – Colo – Willo – Janmaat

  • croftus5678

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    personally i cant wait for chucky to get his chance and i have no idea why he wasnt tried last game tbh !

    no offence to river who seems a decent lad but i just cant see him being a main striker ! he’s more a second striker imo a bit in the goofy mould where strikers are concerned.

    failing that i would actually agree with pards in making cisse our main striker (and i’m not too much of a fan of cisse)


    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    taco at 9 will be taylor cant be good as he is out long term injured.

  • bladeuser

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes we r but unfortunate to have a lying dick head like u so p cisse is now the answer to all our prayers a player when fit was benched and when he did get on could only score with his
    Ass now he says we might not get a top striker as we have one of our own already the man is like a broken record i am so glad i read and watch nufc but do not have to pay to watch his dross every week even the sight or sound of him and i could puke

  • 70TWO

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Seems Ferreyra would be more of the natural lead striker:

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Why not.He may be first choice at DM.But problem is that Pardew will play 4 players that are DM and who will scoring goals.No one.I don’t want to see Newcastle losing like second half of the last season.Sissoko is perfect Patric Vieira type of player and decent manager will prove that.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    SS1 now Liverpool vs Toon highlights from April 96
    Ginola’s goal gets better and better every time you see it!

  • will190780

    Aug 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #23

    “he was at Sunderland so they have to take SOME credit as well”

    SOME credit? He’s played two matches for us and spent the last, what, 8 years? developing as his game at Sunderland and they are deserving of SOME credit as well. How very kind of you Alan. That’s cheered me right up.

  • ronjohno

    Aug 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #24

    When will he ever learn to just keep is stupid cockney mouth shut.
    He would take credit for the space shuttle if he could.
    In this instance Mackams have to take most if not all the credit for Colbeck. Hate to say it but it is true.
    There is no way smarmy git Pardew or any of the coaches can jump on board. We all know


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