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Looking forward to watching Jack Colback running slowly around a field in China in a week’s time

6 days ago
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Jack Colback is now in the sixth (SIX!) year of his Newcastle United contract.

In only seven days time we are set to see him plodding around a field in China, something not many of us were anticipating these past couple of years.

After promotion (Jack Colback started 24 of the 46 games), Rafa Benitez totally sidelined the childhood NUFC fan and tried to move him out of the club, unsuccessfully – on a permanent basis anyway.

Following 18 months on loan in the Championship at Nottingham Forest, the midfielder is now one of those players who The Chronicle tell us has a ‘clean slate’ and is battling for a place in the starting eleven on 11 August against Arsenal, under the management of Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson.

I have nothing against Jack Colback, I just recognise he is a Championship player and one of those many signings that were not good enough for Newcastle United, made by Mike Ashley for all the wrong reasons – Colback working it so he could leave Sunderland for nothing, when they had been led to believe he would be signing another contract.

The fact that Rafa didn’t think he was good enough AND something clearly went on behind the scenes between the two, only rubber stamps the fact he should have no future at St James Park.

Yet here we are a week before the first friendly and four weeks before the season kicks off, Jack Colback has a very real chance of playing in that first friendly and first PL game, unlike Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.

The reason that I say above that I look forward to Jack Colback turning out against Wolves in Nanjing on Wednesday, is that it should help convince the few remaining doubters.

Anybody who still harbours any doubts whatsoever that Mike Ashley is total poison and delivering his biggest ever disaster, will surely no longer be in two minds when they watch the debacle that will unfold next week.

Manchester City, West Ham and Wolves, three clubs doing everything to prepare for the new season, investing in the team, backing their manager, up against a managerless, no ambition/signings Newcastle United.

I dread to think what team we will actually have out on the pitch, all the ‘clean slate, could be like a new signing’stars, as well as Colback we could have Aarons, Elliot, Murphy, Lazaar and so on wearing the new shirt (replicas the most expensive in Premier League).

I even saw in this week’s photos from the training ground, Karl Darlow was playing out of goal. Could be a whole new category: ‘Could be like a new signing by playing in a very unexpected position’…

I know the boycott debate is an emotive issue but I would hope that whatever you think about a total boycott (unrealistic for the thousands who have already bought their season tickets), everybody can come together and give the Arsenal game a miss, whether you have or haven’t already paid for it.

Sadly, Mike Ashley will say and no doubt convince himself that bums on seats is PROOF that Newcastle fans aren’t against him and that supporters turning up at St James Park does legitimise his ownership of NUFC.

After enjoying watching Jack Colback and friends next week, lets prove him wrong on Sunday 11 August.

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