Newcastle United manager John Carver has used Jack Colback as an example as he describes what he’s looking for from any player who joins the club over the summer, to the Chronicle.
Colback has got his head down and has worked hard this season, despite the struggles that have plagued the side in recent weeks.
“Absolutely (quizzed on need for more players like him). He’s a player who wants to be here, wants to play and has the right character. With Jack, whatever you ask him to do he will do for you,” said Carver.
“He’s gone and played left-back. It’s not his position and he knows that and I know that, but he’s filled in.”
It’s unclear whether Carver will be the man who is kept on as the manager for next season, but he seems to already have one eye on the sort of player he wants to target in the transfer market.
Players at Newcastle need to have a good character because the pressure and criticism involved in playing for the club is fierce.
Newcastle arguably have the most passionate fans in the country and they are not afraid of letting players know when they feel they are not playing their weight.
Versatility is also important, which has been demonstrated by the injury problems that club has had across the back four.
Some players can be precious over their best position, but when the manager needs a helping hand, any new arrivals have to be prepared to play and perform out of their comfort zone as the Magpies look to progress.