Colback delivers verdict on Newcastle in the Premier League
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback believes that his side will be able to adjust to life in the Premier League next season but admitted summer recruitment is vital.
The 27-year-old was part of the squad that was relegated down to the Championship in the 2015/16 campaign.
Former England boss Steve McClaren was the Newcastle manager at the start of the season but poor results and dismal performances meant that the Magpies were fighting against relegation throughout the entire season.
Rafa Benitez was appointed as the new boss with only two months of the season remaining but he couldn’t prevent Newcastle from being relegated from the Premier League for the first time since the 2008/09 campaign.
Newcastle entered the Championship off the back of a fine set of results at the end of the Premier League campaign where they managed to stay unbeaten in their last six games, which included an emphatic 5-1 victory over Tottenham at St James’ Park on the final day of the season.
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Speaking with the Evening Chronicle, Colback is confident that Newcastle can transform their great form in the Championship into the Premier League next season.
“You see teams going up doing better now. You take the positive feeling around the place with you,” he said.
“The momentum’s with us. It’s a great achievement for us.
“We’ll see what happens in the summer in terms of recruitment, but the fans can hopefully look forward.“
Colback is one of the few players in the current Newcastle squad with vast Premier League experience as he’s spent a total of six years playing in England’s top flight.
The midfielder spent the majority of his career with bitter rivals Sunderland but he joined the Magpies in the 2014 summer transfer window and he’ll be preparing to start his fourth consecutive season with the club in the 2017/18 campaign.
In other Newcastle news, the odds of this striker joining the Magpies have been slashed to evens.