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Newcastle: Jack Colback deemed surplus to requirements

Newcastle: Jack Colback deemed surplus to requirements

Jack Colback has been deemed surplus to requirements by Steve Bruce, as reported by The Northern Echo.

The former Sunderland midfielder is on a list of players including Henri Saivet and Achraf Lazaar who will be allowed to leave on loan or permanently.

The Magpies will also listen to offers for Javier Manquillo if they manage to bring in a right-back before the deadline, with Amiens’ Emil Krafth the main target to fill this position.

Colback made an impact for Newcastle when he first moved to St. James’ Park, as he started 87 league matches during his first three years at the club, coming on as a substitute six times, scoring five goals and assisting eight times as per WhoScored.

However, he had a training ground spat with Rafael Benitez, as reported by The Chronicle, which saw him without a chance of getting into the team.

He spent the following two years on loan at Nottingham Forest, where he made a combined 54 league starts, scoring three goals and assisting once.

The 29-year-old has featured in black and white during pre-season, but it seems he has not done enough to convince Bruce he should keep him around.

There is strong competition in the Newcastle midfield with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff, so it is understandable that Colback may not be seen as an option to play many games. Considering his lack of involvement over the past few years, he really wouldn’t be much of a loss.

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