Aston Villa are interested in signing Jack Colback from Newcastle United this summer. The Chronicle report that the midfielder is available for transfer, with Villa Park being one possible destination for him. This comes days after the Mail reported that the 27-year-old had a training ground row with Rafa Benitez and it does seem likely that he has played his last game for the club.
His big wages mean that it will be difficult for a lot of Championship sides to sign him, but he would be a great addition for that level. Aston Villa have had a slow start to the season and will want to increase positivity among supporters. A lot of their signings have been questionable, but Colback is a player in his prime and his experience means that he is worth targeting. Although Glenn Whelan was signed during the summer, he hasn’t impressed in a Villa shirt and a younger midfielder with more mobility could solve a lot of the club’s problems.
What would he provide to the Aston Villa squad?
The midfielder would provide more energy to Villa in the centre of the park and his experience in the Championship last season makes him an attractive option. Colback is a hard worker and full of running for his team, which suits the second tier well. Newcastle used him frequently away from home and he provided a shield in front of the back four, which allowed the more talented Jonjo Shelvey influence matches.
Steve Bruce has yet to get the best out of Conor Hourihane, which is why it is important to find a good foil for him. At this stage, Whelan doesn’t look to be the right player to do that. His legs have gone and he hasn’t played at this level for a long time. He can’t be relied on as a regular starter and that means that the club need to sign another player to compete. Colback is available and has a good pedigree. Despite his lack of attacking influence during the last couple of seasons, he remains an accomplished central midfielder.
How likely is a transfer?
Jack Colback has been mentioned as a player that Aston Villa are interested in on a few occasions this summer, but there hasn’t been a concrete report that suggests it is going to happen. In the article published by the Chronicle, it is a throw-away line when discussing possible departures at St James’ Park. Newcastle are keen to offload players and Colback is one that will be pushed to other clubs before the end of the window. Villa seems one of the more likely destinations, but they have yet to make an approach.