While we are all talking about Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella, young Jack Colback has gone under the radar, despite scoring again on Sunday.

Squawka, the stats site, calls Colback the best player we have in the team, beating his closest rival by 138 points, and for good reason.

He may have only scored three goals this season for his boyhood club, but it is his efforts out of the limelight that makes him possibly the best midfielder we have at the moment.

(Apologies to the author, we received the article before the Palace match but have only found a slot for it now, so these stats don’t include last night’s game at Selhurst Park)

His pass accuracy is a massive 89%. He has completed 819 passes in his 23 appearances this term, with only 100 balls going astray. With these stats, he averages over 35 successful passes each time he plays. Compare that with Sissoko who has only found teammates on 688 occasions.

Colback has also created 32 chances for his teammates, with four of those being converted into goals, giving him the nickname of the ‘Ginger Pirlo’. A feat only bettered by Remy Cabella, while Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita have created 11 chances between them.

However, defensively, the youngster has a lot of areas in which he needs to improve.

When going head to head with the opposition, Colback only makes it out with the ball 47% of the time. Far from perfect, but still better than Sissoko (40%), Tiote (41%) and even Daryl Janmaat (46%).

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He has also made four defensive errors. More than any other player in the Newcastle squad. More than Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson combined. Four errors is double than the next worse, Paul Dummett with two.

But, at just 25 years of age, he is nowhere near his prime and has plenty of time to improve. With rumours of Moussa Sissoko leaving in the summer, it will have to be time for him to step up, and probably take the captain’s armband when Coloccini leaves or retires.

Surely Jack Colback is our future, but with Mike Ashley, he will be gone by next summer.


  • SimonM68

    Colback is doing ok and hopefully we are past the silliness about his motives (though there was still ‘trojan horse” talk in the pub Sunday before the match.
    He is the future, because he was a bargain and we are the Poundland of the Premier League. No issues with getting a bargain here and there of course…. BUT as part of a wider strategy of recruitment rather than a rob Peter to pay Mike trotters-in-the-trough-fest….
    The new TV money will just mean in situations where contracts expire, the sigining of fees for the likes of Colback will be absolutely astronomical.

  • Hughie

    No he won’t– more negative bull………..NUFC through and through

  • Greekgeordie

    This article is about Colback, aa

  • Steve1221

    What exactly constitutes a “defensive error” because I see Williamson make at least four per game.

  • Brian Standen

    Absolutely spot on, another player now described as a liability, nice bloke and all that he may be, but championship standard footballer at very best,

  • wor monga

    Good article even though it’s based around stats…Colback is
    a really good signing (in the tradition of picking up really good players cheap
    from them ‘ower the watter’). A good engine, makes him a grafter with good
    positional sense, and no fear to get involved…

    He might not catch the eye with
    the power runs like Sissoko, but his passing is better overall… definitely Jack
    has a very bright future at the Toon.

  • markrylatt

    JOrmeFootball NormingAbout NUFCTheMag just numbers this, what do they say about Colback? Why does that make him good?

  • JOrmeFootball

    markrylatt NUFCTheMag I thought it was interesting that Colback has better stats than Sissoko. Played better last night as well.

  • Ashleyout

    Colback the future of our great club?  Are you having a laugh. Ive only seen him play one game where he was half decent..and Ive seen every game so far this season. It shows how far we have fallen since M.A took over if he’s rated the future of our club… I’m sorry to say most of our players are third rate and wouldn’t get in most starting elevens in the premier league… You just have to watch the top sides, the quality of player is different class. Last nights game was a disgrace to the premiership….

  • markrylatt

    JOrmeFootball NUFCTheMag Just didn’t get that from what you wrote, I’d argue 7% is a massive swing mind.

  • Carver for North Korea

    Steve1221 and the rest

  • Wandering_Oaken

    JOrmeFootball TeamToon NUFCTheMag be a short future….he’ll be sold for 100% profit first chance fatty gets.

  • Greekgeordie

    I will not go as far as to name Colback United’s future, but he is definitely a very important member of the present mid field. All successful teems present and past need a Colback, he is consistend steady and he will give all for the team.
    Of Course he was signed by Pardew and Ashley, and he will never be good enough for a small section of the fans, but if his value increase and a top four team comes for him, the same section of fans will accuse the same people that they sell the family silver for personal gains.
    The answer to all, is the reaction to him by a vast majority of the fans in SJP, keep playing your game Jack and we are right behind you.

  • The Vicar

    Colback for me a streets ahead of both Cabella and especially Sissoko mainly on the basis that he doesn’t give the ball away and creates goals. 

    Hopefully Cabella will continue to develop but he has to start to work in tandem with Janmaat in the same way Sammy does with Haidara. So when Janmaat goes forward Cabella has to back up or cover, Janmaat being the best crosser of the ball on the books. 

    Sissoko would be benched for me as soon as Abied is fit. Won’t track back or cover, (unlike Viera) and loses the ball.

    Out of what promised to be a promising summer, we have Perez and Colback. I hope SDJ comes through but have health concerns. So Colback and Perez are the future. I would add Abeid, Sammy, Dummett and maybe Good; all upgrades on what we have and players Pardew ignored until forced to play due to injuries etc.

  • Hughie

    Well said Vicar– hopefully we can add Aarons to your list?

  • The Vicar

    A definite “yes” to Aarons. I just hope he is committed to us.

  • The Vicar

    “Yes” to Aarons. I just hope he is committed to us.

  • fromtheheed

    I was hoping that Jack would be the mext Paul Scholes. However, if he does improve then it’s bye-bye. Could end up at Rangers playing Champions League football. We will never see success under Ashley.