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Not Clear If This Player Has Been Brought In From The Cold

Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet and Dwight Gayle all played for the U23 side on Monday night against Wolves when we lost 1-0, and the team didn’t play particularly well.

And after the game, U23 manager Peter Beardsley was complimentary of the play of both Jack Colback and Henri Saivet – both central midfield players.

Both have been squeezed out by Rafa who wanted both of them sold last summer.

And Jack Colback is still playing with the U23 side and not with the first team squad.

Jack Colback photo

This is what Peter Beardsley said after the game on the Newcastle web-site:

“For the last 30 minutes Jack and Henri could not have done any more,” he told the Chronicle.

“All we ask is that they’re a good example, as Jonjo was two weeks ago.”

“That is what we look for from them. They were probably the big pluses where the younger ones are feeling frustrated.”

“I asked both Jack and Henri if they wanted to come off but they wanted to stay on.”

Saivet played quite well in the 3-2 defeat against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup last month, and the four fringe players were playing on Monday to give them some match practice.

But we don’t think Jack will get any chance under Rafa this year in the first team although the fact he played could maybe raise expectations that Rafa may bring him in from the cold.

Over the summer the two men fell out, and Rafa told Jack he would not play for him in the first team this season.

Hopefully, for the sake of Jack and for Newcastle Jack will leave Newcastle on loan or permanently in January and start playing first team games again.

Rafa can be stubborn when he wants to be.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Jack’s just not in the plan because the midfield has left him behind. It’s long been our huge flaw having no control of midfield and trying to stifle the opposition with niggling tackles. We got relegated doing that. It’s life.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2


    I agree with you on the previous thread regarding the Brighton goal. That to me looked straight from the training ground and it worked. It was a good ball, some physical jostling they got the better off us from and an opportunist goal. Apart from being more physical during the delivery, I don’t really think we could have done any more, yes it was a scrappy goal to concede however it was well worked from Brighton. We will get our fair share of scrappy goals over the season too but it’s frustrating that we are doing almost everything right during games but the finishing NEEDS improved for us to have the encouraging PL comeback season I personally am expecting, a bit more composure from Joselu and he will find another level which he undoubtedly has in his locker, he needs to find this very soon as there are options up top now Mitro is back. I would actually like to see Joselu in the 10 with diminished defensive responsibilities because of his touch, vision and ability to bring others into play effectively allowing us to interchange to 2 up top when we attack.

    Disclaimer… This is only an opinion! 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    martoon…it always comes down to someone should have done something…it was still a good goal I thought

    …a bit like those two Lascelles scored from a set-piece (somebody should probably have done something there as well)

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 27, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #4

    What the U’s needed Monday was someone driving them forward. That was not Colbeck! With him at the throttle, by the time NUFC got the ball across mid-field, Wolves had doubled up on Aarons and were set in their defense. Jack needs a shrink to get his mind moving forward and a class in seeing where his teammates are on the pitch so he can pass rather than start to look around after the ball is at this feet.
    That little game cried out for Jack or Saivet to drive forward and rattle the Wolves kids. Neither did.


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