Would Newcastle United's Jack Colback even get into Wolves' side now?

Manager of Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Manchester,...

Wolves missed out on signing Jack Colback on loan this summer but do they really regret failing to sign the Newcastle United midfielder?

Newcastle's Jack Colback during the pre season friendly between Hearts and Newcastle on July 14, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It speaks volumes about how much Wolves have progressed this season that a £40,000-a-week player with almost 200 Premier League appearances under his belt probably wouldn’t get in their starting XI right now.

The Chronicle reports that Newcastle United outcast Jack Colback was offered the chance to move to Molineux on loan after being informed in no uncertain terms by manager Rafa Benitez that he was not part of his plans for this season.

The local lad Colback, however, turned down the deal as he wanted to stay in the North East. And the 28-year-old has now wasted half a season in the reserves.

Newcastle United manmager Rafa Benitez celebrates with Jack Colback (r)  after winning the Sky Bet Championship title after the match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James'...

But with the report adding that Leeds United and Birmingham City sent scouts to watch Colback in action for the Under-23s this week, it is interesting to note that Wolves were conspicuous by their absence.

Though where would Colback even fit in at Molineux? Wolves’ squad is arguably stronger than the Newcastle side who won the Championship last season. And if Colback could not nail down a starting place in that team, the chances of him being an integral figure for Nuno Espirito Santo look remote at best.

In £15.8 million Portuguese international Ruben Neves, Wolves have arguably the Championship’s best central midfielder, a player who run the game from the centre of the park.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...

Nuno can also call upon Alfred N’Diaye, Jack Price, the versatile Conor Coady and Moroccan international Romain Saiss – so impressive he was linked to Liverpool by Liberacion.

Colback, then, would probably be fourth choice – which is not much higher up the pecking order than he currently finds himself at Newcastle.

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