A move to Scotland is now seen as the most likely destination for Jack Colback, should the outcast midfielder leave Newcastle United this summer, according to The Athletic.
Colback has faced an uncertain future at St James’ Park since being deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Steve Bruce, who omitted the 29-year-old from his 25-man Premier League squad.
The holding midfielder had hoped he would make the cut after returning from a loan spell in the Championship that returned 39 appearances across all competitions last season (TransferMarkt), but was left disheartened after finding out that there would not be a role on offer to him in the top-flight.
A move elsewhere in the Premier League or a return to the second-tier was not forthcoming before the transfer window closed on August 8, despite interest from loan side Nottingham Forest (Nottingham Post) – leaving Colback facing the daunting prospect of moving down to either of League One or League Two should he wish to remain in England.
His uncertain future has become somewhat clearer, however, as it is claimed by The Athletic that Colback considers a step down to the third or fourth-tier too grand of a decline for him, while he was not keen on the idea of venturing abroad to find his new club after approaches from sides in France’s Ligue 1 (Chronicle).
The former England U20 international is thought to have potential interest from Scotland, as well, but it remains to be seen if any outfit north of the border would be able to take control of his alleged £40,000-a-week contract, after speculation suggested the money he earns was proving to be a big stumbling block in any negotiations.
Newcastle could offer to retain a responsibility to pay a percentage his wage should he leave on loan, but parting ways with Colback on a full-time basis has to be the priority for the Tyneside outfit.
Colback has entered the final year of his contract at St James’ Park, and would certainly appear to have no future at the club, with Bruce looking to ignore the men omitted from his Premier League squad despite their availability in cup competitions (Chronicle).
In his 38 second-tier outings last term, Colback averaged 3.2 successful tackles per ninety minutes, according to data collected by WhoScored, which would have been enough to rank joint-second of all players who featured in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle in 2018/19.
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