News today that will come as no real surprise to some Newcastle fans – local lad Jack Colback is ready to be left out of Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad for next season.
The Shields Gazette is reporting that it believes Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez does not intend to name Jack in his squad.
The news for the last week or two – which has been incessant – is that Rafa is not entirely happy with the way things are going with his Newcastle squad with just four days to go before we play Tottenham Hotspur in the first game of the Premier League.
We need to beat Tottenham on Sunday, and that will show that we’re not as bad off as some pundits think – after all, we still have Rafa Benitez – and he’s one of the very best managers in the world.
Jack Colback – in his home town colors – those of Newcastle United
It appears Newcastle just don’t have enough money in what has been another massive increase in transfer fees this summer and we can be outspent by most of the Premier League clubs this summer.
While Rafa’s not happy, we think he realizes this summer is a one-off, and we are still suffering from being relegated last year.
Anyway, that’s what we think – it’s not as dire as some are painting the situation on Tyneside.
Jack Colback is an honest player but may not be good enough for what Rafa is looking for in the future from Newcastle players.
However, Jack did play most games in Newcastle’ pre-season campaign up to last week’s great 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.
If this is true, it will be a blow to the local lad who was brought up like most of us born in Newcastle – passionately supporting the club.
Colback joined us controversially on a free transfer three years ago from Sunderland, and of course, Jack joined the Sunderland Youth Academy way back in 2000 at the age of 10.
The 27-year-old would be an excellent acquisition for some Championship club looking to be promoted back to the Premier League this season.
Maybe his former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce – now at Aston Villa – would be interested in signing him?
We have nothing bad to say about Jack at all – he is a Geordie whose dream was to play for Newcastle United, and he is likely to be a little devastated if this news is accurate.
But life goes on.
Jack has played a total of 102 games for Newcastle with 5 goals and 10 assists over three seasons.