With the loan market now closed for Premier League, Championship and all European clubs, Jack Colback once again finds himself unable to play competitive football until January at the earliest.
It’s been just over a month since he was culled from Steve Bruce’s 25 man squad. Several senior players missed the cut, but both Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar swallowed their pride and completed loan moves to lower league sides – but the same can not be said about Colback.
Aarons was prepared to drop down to League One to play regularly at Wycombe Wanderers and get his career back on track. A respectable move indeed with game time clearly his top priority, while Lazaar has followed suit, joining an Italian second tier side in search of regular first-team minutes.
Jack Colback remains at Newcastle and seems content to just train and pick up his substantial wage. He’s said to earn £45,000 per week and, despite reported interest from several clubs, it’s been said that his wage demands scuppered a move for him.
I find Colback’s case very curious, and I don’t think the current situation shows him in a particularly good light. It feels like he’s happy to sit on his hefty wage at NUFC, with the last few transfer windows helping show that he puts his pay packet before his playing time.
He had a very good season on loan at Nottingham Forest last year. The Midlands club wanted to make the move permanent this summer but were unable to match his reported 45k a week salary, while the Killingworth born midfield was unwilling to take a pay cut as he enters the final year of his Newcastle contract. A theme is emerging here.
He also rejected a loan move to Hull City midway through the 2017/18 after Rafa banished him to the reserves, citing the fact he would prefer to remain living in the north east and train with the reserves, rather than play competitive football only 144 miles away.
He did join Forest on loan later that season, but he’s not returned to a club he could’ve kickstarted his career at due to his reported wage demands.
That all said, in the current world of football, where Bolton are struggling to find players and Bury have gone to the wall, the idea that two players like Colback and Saivet costing £80,000 per WEEK for training every day says a lot.
They earn well over a quarter of a MILLION combined each month. Imagine if that could go towards a new training ground..
Colback hasn’t made an effort to move on if you ask me, but we are also to blame in all of this. Some will say he has every right to stay put and take his pay after WE offered him a big wage and a length contract – it just seems abundantly clear that he’s now putting money before minutes.
With him ‘stuck’ on Tyneside once again, expect him to sit it out the final year of his contract ahead of his imminent exit next summer.