Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback says Steve McClaren’s side is the best he has been involved with in terms of talent and quality, the Daily Star report.
The midfielder started his career at Sunderland and spent three seasons at the Stadium of Light as a first-choice player, drawing plenty of plaudits for a number of excellent performances.
Born and raised as a Newcastle supporter, Colback did the unthinkable and traded the Black Cats for the Magpies on a free transfer in 2014, the only player to switch between the two since 1980.
While it looked a good decision for the first half of last season, Alan Pardew’s exit coincided with a loss of form for Newcastle and only a last day victory preserved their Premier League status.
Now, under the guidance of Steve McClaren, Newcastle find themselves second from bottom and two points behind Sunderland, who occupy a place directly above the drop zone.
Despite their predicament, Colback remains hopeful and labels this current Newcastle side as the best he has been involved with since becoming a top-flight regular.
"The mentality has been spoken about a lot and I think it is quite glaring to see that when we go behind, we look defeated at the moment as a team," he explained.
"We have shown we are a good team on our day and in terms of talent, it is probably the best group I have been involved with in terms.”
"But obviously with that, you have got to have a bit of fight as well and work hard. Maybe we have got to do a bit more of that."
Newcastle resume Premier League action this weekend with a home tie against Liverpool, arguably the last team they will want to face considering the contrast in form between the pair heading into the match.
There is plenty of attacking quality within Newcastle's ranks this season, however a lack of leadership and fighting spirit sees them struggling at the wrong end of the table with no evident solution to their problems in sight.