Jack Colback picked up his 10th yellow card of the season last Saturday, and is suspended for the next two games – the two home games against Aston Villa on Saturday followed by the visit of Manchester United next Wednesday night.
Jack Colback in action on Saturday
And with Cheick Tiote also out injured for maybe a long time, we could well see either Ryan Taylor or Mehdi Abeid start in central midfield against Villa.
This is what the Newcastle head coach said about Geordie Jack in his press conference:
“It’s a huge blow,” “He was a free transfer, but for me, he’s been our most outstanding player of the season. He’s going to be a big miss, and I’ve told him that what he did was silly.”
“I didn’t think it was a free-kick, and it wasn’t, but he reacted in a strange way by punching the ball back towards the official. You can’t do that and we’ll deal with that situation, but he’s a huge miss.”
It wasn’t just Jack’s reaction to the foul on Saturday it’s the fact that he’s picking up too many yellow cards this season, and it’s a part of his game he must improve – along with scoring more goals.
He’s almost as bad as Cheick Tiote – who seems to pick up yellow cards in almost all the games he plays, and in the two group games he played for Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations he picked up two yellow cards.
We have yet to hear exactly how long Cheick will be out injured this season – but maybe he has already played his last game for Newcastle this season – and maybe ever – if he is sold this summer.
What do you think?
Note: Will Leversuch is a a final year University of Greenwich student conducting some research into the marketing of Premier league Football Clubs.
As part of that work Will needs lots of questionnaires filled in – see if you can help him by filling out this questionnaire – thanks.
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: