Following a seventh consecutive defeat last weekend, a 3-0 thrashing at Leicester, Newcastle manager John Carver stated his wish that the Magpies had "eleven Jack Colbacks," as reported by the Guardian.
When quizzed on the need for more players like the former Sunderland man, Carver said, “Absolutely. 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.”
Newcastle may have failed to take all three points in the club's most recent league clash against West Bromwich Albion - a match that ended in a 1-1 draw - but spectators certainly witnessed an improved performance from the team as a whole.
The Magpies recorded the majority share of possession (61%), while managing a far greater number of attempts at goal (15 to 8) in a match they were ultimately unlucky not to win.
Naturally, Jack Colback was at the heart of the club's 90-minute battle, and again, he was exceptional.
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Operating in a defensive-midfield duo, alongside natural full-back Ryan Taylor, the 'Ginger-haired Pirlo' gave a trademark dogged performance, fully justifying his manager's earlier praise.
He made the most tackles in this tie (6), while weighing in with four interceptions. He also completed a match-best 92% of his 52 attempted passes, while creating one chance in the final third.
Should the worst case scenario come true, and Newcastle are relegated to the Championship next season, the club would do very well to keep hold of, arguably, their star asset.
The 25-year-old has proven his pedigree, despite the circumstances being heavily weighted against him, and it would not be a surprise to see a number of clubs vying for his signature.