Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills has urged Jack Colback to get his head down and “just get on with it” as it seems unlikely that he will be leaving Newcastle United before the transfer windows in the rest of Europe close on Monday.
Colback, 29, impressed while on loan at Nottingham Forest last season but is yet to feature since returning to Newcastle as he has not been selected in Steve Bruce’s Premier League squad.
Ex-England defender Mills reckons that Colback’s wages are preventing him from leaving St James’ Park so the midfielder may just have to accept that, knuckle down and try to force his way back into the squad.
“It’s a surprise. He’s a decent player, I’m assuming he’s on good money and that’s why a Championship side hasn’t come in to take him away,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Is he good enough to step into a Premier League side and play week in, week out? Possibly not, but he could do a fabulous job in the Championship but I’m guessing his wages are quite high. That’s probably put off a lot of clubs.
“As we know, Newcastle are unlikely to fund part of that deal and help anybody out. A quality player that will have to bide his time. You expect him to be a Steve Bruce kind of player; hard-working, just get on with it.”
It is a huge surprise that Colback is still on the books at Newcastle after this summer. He did quite well at Nottingham Forest, especially in the last few months of last season when he was one of their better players. Newcastle must have subsidised some of his wages then so it is strange to see them failing to do that again this summer, unless they were not interested in another loan and only wanted to sell him permanently. It should have been a case of Mike Ashley cutting his losses on the ex-Sunderland midfielder. According to statistics website Spotrac, Colback earns £35,000-a-week on his deal at St James’ Park and that money will be getting paid out every seven days now to a player who is effectively just an extra body in training. Ashley is flushing his cash down the drain on Colback. Why not just pay part of his wages and loan him out to a club in Europe before it’s too late?