It seems like Nottingham Forest fans love Jack Colback in a way that we never did.
The midfielder was a controversial signing for the Magpies in 2014, arriving on a free from rivals Sunderland.
He initially impressed in black and white, enjoying a strong debut campaign. But that was as good as it got, and Colback’s dip in form coincided with Newcastle sliding out of the Premier League.
Even in the Championship, the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ wasn’t a guaranteed starter. But he hasn’t represented the club since that season, with a bust up with Rafa Benitez ending his Newcastle career.
This is now his second loan spell at the City Ground, and it’s fair to say it’s going very well.
Colback is adored at Forest, even more so after his performance on Monday night. The Reds hosted rivals Derby County, with Martin O’Neill’s side winning 1-0.
Their number six was at the heart of the action, even getting involved in a tussle between a host of Derby players. If there’s one way to endear yourself to a fan base, it’s to show blood and thunder against your biggest rivals.
Forest fans want Colback permanently
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again JACK COLBACK has been the most consistent footballer at Forest since last Christmas….get him signed up!!!!!!
— Terry Howard (@terencenffc) 26 February 2019
Whatever happens this season, priority number one in the summer is to sign Jack Colback permanently #NFFC
— Kyle Kirkland (@KyleKirkland92) 25 February 2019
Jack Colback. Immense.
I really…really..hope we sign him up
— Shaun (@aryan86) 25 February 2019
GET IN THERE! Pride, passion, fight, team spirit, something that we have missed in these games in the last few games! Jack Colback give him the freedom of Nottingham!! Atmosphere unreal too, playoffs we’re coming for u!! #nffc
— Tom Broughton (@Broughton1984) 25 February 2019
Jack Colback. Easily the best player in the league. Possibly the best in the world but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Still reckon that’s Benalouane. #NFFC
— Manbearpig (@Fxlch1) 25 February 2019
Jack Colback must be signed. #nffc
— JBW (@Wildeforthereds) 25 February 2019
We NEED to sign Jack Colback on a permanent at the end of the season, absolutely outstanding👏🏽 #nffc
— tayla🌻 (@__taynffc) 25 February 2019
While some of the tweets are tongue in cheek, it’s clear to see how much the Forest fans love the Newcastle loanee.
He has no place at Newcastle, so it seems a no-brainer that he heads to the City Ground permanently this summer.