Newcastle fans react to club’s Jack Colback birthday post

Newcastle United wished outcast midfielder Jack Colback a happy birthday on the club’s official Twitter account on Tuesday, but Magpies fans were left confused by the message.

Despite being something of a key player in recent seasons, the 28-year-old has been completely frozen out of the first-team picture by manager Rafa Benitez this season after refusing to join Championship clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers or Hull City towards the end of the summer transfer window for geographical reasons.

While he was surprisingly named in the Tyneside outfit’s 25-man squad for the Premier League this term, the former Sunderland man has only appeared for the Under-23 side and is yet to get the call to link up with the senior team.

Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the social media post, and while some said they “forgot he’s even in our team”, others described him as a “truly garbage footballer”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…