Rafa Could Find It Difficult To Sell This Player In Summer


Jack Colback could bring in a decent £5M in this summer’s transfer market if we can sell him.

After being involved in a training altercation with Rafa Benitez last August the local lad has no future at the club.

He was already training with the U23 squad when one of our first players picked up a knock, and Rafa wanted Jack to fill in for him – but he refused.

That was it on Jack Colback – you don’t say no to Rafa Benitez when he makes a reasonable request in training.

Jack Colback wants to be on Newcastle’s books until next summer

Jack signed on as a free agent from Sunderland in the summer of 2014 on a five-year deal, and he seems determined to become a free agent again next summer.

Nottingham Forst and other clubs are interested in buying him, but a barrier to that are his £40K/week wages.

And that’s also a reason why Jack wants to remain a Newcastle player for another year.

Rafa may try to force the issue since it does mean around £5M for his transfer coffers.

We will have to see what happens but it seems Jack would be happy enough to go on loan again.

That could possibly mean a return to Nottingham Forest on loan to see out the last year of his lucrative contract at Newcastle.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens but all transfers have to be completed by Thursday, August 9 since the Premier League starts on the following weekend.

The Premier League fixtures are to be released this Thursday.

Comments welcome.


147 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Jack “Millstone” Colback

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  • jordijohnty

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Is that 3 million in transfer fees plus 2 million saved not paying his wages? Be lucky to get 3 million in the first place

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Sick of mitro talk.. hes lethal against lesser standard players.. goals against China, Bolivia..christ we’ll all be going mad when he nets 5 against the falklands islands or an Arctic ix… Hes done very very little in a newcastle shirt to warrant some of the adulation and you’ll find a fair few goals he has got haven’t been game deciding goals when the pressures been up (unlike someone like Ritchie)
    If we get 20m+ for him il gladly see him on his way to be honest

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure Mitro has only two years left on his contract, so unless he signs another one I can see him going.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    On Lozano..it was clear from when he was age 17 the path he was on.. PSV took the gamble and it’ll pay off, but at 25/30m there is no reason why with rafa at the helm we couldn’t convince him this was a good move if the club had any ambition..
    I think more so for value, places like Mexico, the Brazilian league etc need be looked at.. Richarlison and Kenedy have both shown you can come to england from Brazil and adapt. If we can’t buy world stars the next step should be buying future world stars and developing them

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Jay
    But I guess the saying is true, you can only beat what’s put in front of you. Bolivia are what they are but it’s not like every striker that comes up against them nets a hatrick.

    He’s scored big goals in the past and even for us at times, Sunderland equaliser comes to mind straight away.

    If Rafa wants him out then that’s fine and hope we get the biggest fee we can get for him. It must be £20m minimum. Still think it’ll come back to haunt us.

    I see it like if mitro had just had the season he had and we were about to sign him, most fans would see it as a coup. The fact we bought him as a raw 20 year is still seemingly held against him because he was far from the finished article. He is developing and improving and that’s all you can ask for from younger players.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m of an open mind with Mitro. I can honestly believe that Rafa gave him a run in the team because he was the only fit, decent, recognised striker at the club when he first arrived. Mitro then let him down a couple of times so he knew he couldn’t trust him. That’s not to say Rafa will never trust him again, just that at that point in his career he was too hotheaded. Rafa has dealt with enough young players to know that responsibility is something that develops over time, just not necessarily in the first team during a season as crucial to NUFC as the last two have been. I think there’s a way back for the lad and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the main striker next season. Nor would I be surprised to see him sold.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    @ronaldo – agree with you, interestingly for all the goals he scored, i found Fulham fans, especially on social media aren’t thinking hes worth the money.. I think hes interesting, annoyingly he’s the exact type of centre forward Pardew was shouting for for 4 years and ive no doubt hes going to go on and have a decent career.. just cant see it being at Newcastle

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  • martoon

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    I would imagine Mitro will now be with his squad going to the WC in the next day or two so I can’t see anything happening now. Ideally after the WC I would like to see Rafa & Mitro sit down together and thrash out their differences and Rafa say show me what you can do and if it is not working out he could go in the January window. However realistically I think there is no way back for Mitro and Rafa needs to sell him to fund incoming transfers!

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    The gamble with selling now or keeping Mitro is a two edged sword….. We could hang on for a much better price and get it or he could suffer a bad injury during the World Cup and get next to nowt for him….. I think I’d be temped to sell him now – what’s that they say about a bird in the hand! 🙂

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  • G

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Off subject, but quite a funny story about Alan Thompson:

    https://www.football365.com/news/former-celtic-man-how-i-started-fracas-with-mourinho

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Here’s a true story for you. During the 1966 World Cup, Russia was training at maiden castle sports centre just outside Durham, another team was training at Houghal which was just across the road ( can’t remember what team it was) anyway, their national flag was much larger in size than the Russians so a request for a bigger flag was made. After flying the flag with pride and getting one over on the team over the road it was stolen so they had to revert to the smaller one. The Russians believed it had to be nicked by the team across the road and the was some bad feeling between the two national teams.

    a couple of years later whilst visiting my wife’s uncle farm, he produced the said flag, walking into the room with it draped over him. We were all sworn to secrecy. So even though it was reported in the papers we all kept it quiet.

    Why am I deciding to tell the story now, the flag was handed back a few weeks back as reported in the northern echo. My wife uncle who is fairly old by now or may have died as they weren’t very close, has returned it.

    If Jib is about perhaps he could locate the northern echo report as I have no idea how.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Any substance to this chat or just more gossip ?

    The hyper-reliable La Voix du Nord report today that Premier League side Newcastle United have had an opening bid for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia rejected.
    The 21-year-old was bought by LOSC last summer for €14m.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Oldgit1 – see here…

    http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15571382.Man_who_stole_Soviet_Union_flag_during_1966_World_Cup_hands_it_in_after_51_years_-_to_The_Northern_Echo/

    Nice story, mentions no names but does suggest the guy is a little lonely – he says he has nobody to pass the flag on to.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Lochinvar, that rumour was doing the rounds in other French outlets a few days ago. It seemed genuine.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib
    I wrongly blamed you for last nights sabotaging of the blog and also called you a pratt.

    Just want to apologise for blaming you.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Rob

    Having re-read my comment re. waiting for the children going off to bed, on reflection it does sound a bit creepy.

    I was of course referring to Jib and Tsunki cos of their shenanigans. 🙂

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Thank you so much, yes he didn’t have a family to leave it to, it’s nice to know that he maybe alive. Thanks again mate.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Oldgit1, I feel like Cilla….
    😉

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  • hibbit

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #20

    RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #19
    Oldgit1, I feel like Cilla….

    i hope not ate she’s been dead 3 years !!!!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Essex you were wrong about being wrong. I hope you apologise for that 🙂

    And btw it’s still ok to call jib a prat.

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  • Sherlock

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we take what we can for mitro and hopefully it’s enough to buy Kennedy. That puts our squad back to where we finished without spending too much. With Kennedy on board we then need a mobile striker say 30m partly funded by Gayle 12m leaving about 25m for a number 10. Easy innit..

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Valon berisha fee reportedly agreed to sampdoria for 7m with another million in bonus. Not sure if this is in pounds or euros but is a bargain either way. We’ve supposedly tracked him for years and had numerous scouting visits this seasons so so should be a no brainer. Fill our number 10 issues and his style would fit into our team comfortably.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Essex
    You’re lucky Jib hasn’t. castigated you for incorrectly spelling “prat”
    Lol

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #25

    hibbit – it’s been a long day….
    😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #26

    The club can’t even sign a player never mind sell.

    Ha ha ha

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    welshie, you’re like one of those spots you get on the back of your thigh. 90% of the time you forget it’s there, but every now and then it reminds you of its true nature – a rather minor irritant.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not being but it is true.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Funny.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30

    😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Welshie which club? You need to narrow it down a bit. Are you talking about NUFC the Premier League club managed by Rafa Benitez with average home attendances of 50,000, or SWFC the hopelessly tailspinning Championship flounderers with average gates of two bus loads and managed by a potato?

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  • awaydays

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Couldn’t agree more with what robleenio said earlier about mitrovic… neither outcome suprises me. We either have a better centre forward then this season or we sell him and provided funds are given to rafa if we signed Kennedy with the money I wouldn’t be particularly bothered about him leaving
    Big fan of mitro watched him away to wba this season and when he come on was our most dangerous player by a country mile

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  • Toonces

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Jay @ 3

    Whether mitro stays or goes, we’ll see. I’m accepting rafa’s decision either way. But you say he is only good against lesser sides. I’d counter that his record against spurs is quite good. 2 goals and an assist i think. And he and perez pretty much won the game for us at three point lane in his first season with us.

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  • Toonces

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Someone commented that Patrick Kluivert doesn’t have fond memories of the Toon so would discourage his son from joining us. But doesn’t he have another younger son actually in our youth set up or had trial here in the last 12-18 months?

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  • Belfast

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Well let’s be realistic. We aren’t going to get anywhere near five million for him. We’ll be lucky to fetch 1.5 million.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki

    What you really mean is.

    Welshie, do you mean Newcastle who’s got relegated twice should of been more or Swans, in the premier league six years running and in that time winning the league cup.

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  • Toonces

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #37

    My comment at 34 is wrong. Got myself confused me thinks. Not the first time and won’t be the last. Nothing to see here 🙂

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  • chicousa

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Belfast,
    1.5 M £ for Mitro sounds very realistic! And I would take those funds and add 2M £ and throw in Ginger Jack for Messi. Done deal! 😀

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  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #39

    It looks as though the site’s knackered again? Who’s the culprit this time? We know Jiblets likes to be the focus of attention but he wouldn’t be stupid enough to break it again…… Or would he?

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  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Essex Geordie Bill

    If you look at the thread that was broken yesterday, you’ll see that while Tsunki had submitted a string of characters as the first post of the second page, if you examine the posts on the first page, you’ll come across a string of zzzzz contributed by, guess who, Jib!

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