Jack Colback was completely sidelined by Rafa Benitez last summer.
The Newcastle boss included the midfielder in his 25 man official Premier League squad after the summer 2017 transfer window but it was simply a case of making up the numbers, as there was nobody else to take the remaining space(s).
Rafa Bentez making clear he was never going to use Colback and sent him to play and train with the kids.
There were widespread media claims that the player had refused to go out on loan, angering the manager further.
It took the entire length of the January transfer window for Jack Colback to agree to a loan, heading off to Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
On Monday, the Nottingham Post are now reporting that their information is that Forest are going to now try and sign Jack Colback on a permanent deal.
Forest only survived on goal difference last season in 21st place and they have improved that to 17th…however, in reality any improvement has been minimal as Forest have only improved from 51 points last season to 53 this time.
Nottingham Forest were actually 15th when Jack Colback arrived at the club, signed along with a number of others in January.
At that stage they had averaged 1.21 points per game, whilst in Colback’s 16 matches for Forest they have averaged only 0.94 points.
A goal against Bolton in yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at Bolton was his first of the season, Jack Colback picking up six bookings though.
In the 16 starts, Forest have won only three, with six drawn and seven lost.
Newcastle would clearly love to get him off the wage bill, the 28 year old still having a year left on his contract.
Hopefully Forest will come in for him but these comments from Forest fans below, sum up the problems.
He is a player not good enough for the Premier League but on too high wages for the Championship.
If Newcastle are to shift him, then it definitely looks as though he will be another they have to pretty much give away, to get him off the wage bill, as Rafa tries to build the squad.
Comments from Forest fans in reply to the Nottingham Post article:
‘Complete clear out I reckon. Colback is too expensive.
I hope we don’t consider even thinking about paying him half what he’s on at Newcastle United.’
‘Colback is a quality player who would have a big say in a promotion push.’
‘We need consistency not more players who blow hot and cold, I just don’t think we need Colback & Watson.’
‘Anyone who doesn’t rate Colback at this level doesn’t know football.’Jack Colback on high wages, no thanks.’
‘Tomlin and Jack Colback on high wages, no thanks.’
‘Been told Colback and Panto will not be signing their wage demands are way too high.’
‘Colback and Pant are must signings, they are prem class.’
‘With Yates and Grant coming back for next season I’m not sure we need Colback and Tomlin.
Tbh I’ve never rated Colback, passenger who always wants to shift it to someone else and is scared to go forward.’
‘Colback is a very good player. A lot of supporters don’t actually understand what he does so well but when you spot it you realise.’