We are hoping that Jack Colback will be available for our home game against Birmingham City on Saturday and that’s a really important games as we have to break the three game losing streak we are on at the moment.
A win is what we need to get back on track and trying to put as many points between us and the third placed side just as quickly as possible.
Colback has made 14 appearances so far this season for the Magpies and of course Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland beat us out last season to stay in the Premier League.
Jack Colback in action at Derby County
But the big positive in the terrible tragedy under head-coach Steve McClaren last season was that we now have Rafa Benitez running all the football related activities at the club and things have picked up and improved considerably.
Jack was asked if he has any regrets about choosing Newcastle a couple of years ago when his contract ran out at the Black Cats and he became a free agent:
“No, none at all.” “It’s football and if you look at the Premier League now any team down from eighth could get relegated.”
“That’s the way it is now.” “We were flirting with it and stayed up, then in the second season for me it happened.” “It’s a risk.”
“But I have no regrets and if I didn’t come here I would have always thought: ‘What could have been’.” “This is my hometown team and I would never try to change it.”
“It would be great to get promoted.” “As players when you get relegated as a club you have a duty to get the club back up.”
“We have had new players coming in who are helping the cause as well.” “It’ll be a great feeling to do it.” “But we are looking at each game as it comes, and can’t get too far ahead.”
We wouldn’t have expected Jack to say he regretted joining Newcastle even if he has had some inner doubts, but he must be upbeat that Rafa Benitez is building a top side on Tyneside and he could be part of it.
The hope is we can get promoted this season and then buy a few top players in the summer to take a crack in the top half of the Premier League next season.
It would help if we can beat Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park.