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.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 24, 2017
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…
Sad at all the slating, did his job when called upon last season , Happy Birthday Jack.
— Zaharaddeen Wanka (@Zee530) October 24, 2017
Hope he has the worst day imaginable
— pete (@pete11smith) October 24, 2017
Proved just how bad he is playing for the u23s!lost every time and he's not stood out above the kids at all !truly garbage footballer !
— Nathan Moat (@nathanmoat) October 24, 2017
I forgot he's even in our team 😂😂😂
— Camilla Hjelmen 🌈 (@CHjelmen) October 24, 2017
Hahaha I mean why do they even do this? We hate you, you'll never play again….
Happy birthday!!!!! 🎂
— Joshua Chapman (@Chaperman) October 24, 2017
— Steven Lynn (@stevelynnusa) October 24, 2017
Now find yourself a new club
— David Heppell (@david_heppell63) October 24, 2017