Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback believes the team spirit at Newcastle is the best it has been in his two years at St James’ Park.
The 26 year old arrived at Newcastle on a free transfer after controversially leaving rivals Sunderland after running down his contract with the Black Cats. Talking to the BBC about the level of camaraderie in the dressing room, Colback said:
“Sometimes you get that group which have the right mentality. All the lads are good lads, we all get on and we fight for each other. It’s the best it has been by a mile, I think it’s what the club was missing.”
Colback was no doubt comparing the team’s mentality and team spirit to the squad that were relegated from the Premier League last season. The turnover of players at St James’ Park in the summer with twelve new signings arriving on Tyneside has led to a transformation in the squad’s mentality under Rafa Benitez. Something the Spanish manager looks to have made a priority in addressing before the start of the season.
The squad’s temperament and resolve will be severely tested over a long hard season in the Championship, and the proof will be shown at the end of the campaign on where the Magpies finish in the league table.