It’s very easy for players and managers to settle into patterns over a period of time.
Often, if a boss doesn’t warm to a player straight away, they can be ostracised at a club, and that in turn can lead to a spell on the outside looking in.
In some cases, it can even lead to a departure, whether that be permanent or temporary.
Despite those stats, however, it was always difficult to imagine him working his way back into the picture on Tyneside.
After two years out on loan, it felt as if this summer was make or break for the 29-year-old’s Toon career – and with Benitez at the helm, you would have fancied him to be ousted fairly quickly.
Now, however, things could well be looking up.
Clearly, Bruce thinks highly of Colback, and given the state of things on Tyneside this summer, he could well need all hands on deck.
You wouldn’t have bet on it a month ago, but Colback could be set for a major comeback.