Colback content in midfield

Jack Colback has expressed his delight at returning to his favoured midfield berth under new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

Last Updated: 29/10/13 at 12:41 Post Comment

Jack Colback: Hoping days as a left-back are behind him

Jack Colback: Hoping days as a left-back are behind him

The 24-year-old found himself switched to left-back under former coach Paolo Di Canio, with the Italian of the opinion that a player whose only prior experience of life in that position had come during sporadic outings as cover under Martin O'Neill could be successfully converted.

Colback admits he never felt comfortable in a defensive role, with his career having been carved out in the middle of the park - from his days as an academy hopeful through to the senior set-up.

Poyet has moved him back into the engine room after inheriting the managerial reins at the Stadium of Light, and a starring role in a much-needed derby victory over Newcastle United on Sunday suggests he was right to do so.

Colback told the Sunderland Echo: "Midfield is my position. A lot of people have asked me where is my position, and it's obvious I'm not a left-back. I filled in there, but I've never been a left-back.

"I'm a midfielder and that's where I want to be, so hopefully I can get a run in the team there.

"The manager didn't even have to ask. He said he knew I wasn't a left-back, although I don't know whether that was a compliment or not!

"But he said I'm going to be playing midfield now and it's up to me to show I'm good enough in training and in games."

On the weekend heroics against Newcastle, which saw Sunderland collect their first win of the season at the ninth time of asking and climb off the foot of the Premier League table, Colback said: "It's nice to win a game for a change, but we know we've still got a lot to do because the situation isn't good enough.

"Winning the derby is massive for us, though. Obviously it's great for the fans to get a win over Newcastle, but more importantly, with the position we're in, we needed that win. Hopefully we can start moving up the table now.

"It's not been good enough over recent weeks. Everyone is honest enough to admit that. One point from eight games is not good enough, but we knew how much it meant on Sunday to the fans."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Arsenal's chances of getting something from that game would have improved infinitely if Arteta wasn't anywhere near the pitch.

dhirt11
Arteta: Defeat 'not fair'

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Manchester United: Van Gaal claims tactics exposed Arsenal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits he was trying to expose 'our friend Nacho Monreal' at the Emirates.

Arsenal: Mikel Arteta: Defeat to Manchester United 'not fair'

Mikel Arteta says it is not 'fair' that Arsenal lost to Manchester United despite dominating possession.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers takes 'full responsibility' for Liverpool form

Brendan Rodgers admitted the buck stops with him after defeat at Crystal Palace added to Liverpool's troubles.

Mail Box

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property