Jack Colback’s future at Newcastle appears to be in doubt, with the much maligned midfielder failing to make Benitez’s squad for yesterday’s friendly against Verona after being over looked for much of pre-season.
Aside from the late arriving Mikel Merino and the transfer listed Henri Saivet, Colback has played less minutes than any other midfielder at the club this summer – quite a telling statistic.
The Chronicle stated earlier this summer that Colback had admirers in the Premier League and Championship and could be in line to leave the club this summer, with journalist Chris Waugh confirming there’s been enquiries for the midfielder.
Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame all appear to be preferred central midfield options for Benitez and the arrival of Mikel Merino has only pushed Colback’s name further down the pecking order – with proof of that being his failure to make the match day squad on Sunday.
Suggestions of his potential exit will be music to the ears of several Newcastle fans, with a common belief that Colback was barely good enough for Championship football, never mind the Premier League.
He puts a shift in, but has been going backwards (quite literally) for a few years now and, at 27, a move elsewhere for regular first team football appears to make sense for all parties this summer.