Jack Colback isn’t the first player that some Forest fans have prematurely washed their hands of.

The combative midfielder was subjected to some pretty unfair criticism last season.

Since Steve Cooper came into the club, however, the former Newcastle man has started to ram some stern words back down the throats of a cynical section of the fan base.

Colback checked in at Forest for a third spell in the summer of 2020.

This time he arrived in a permanent deal after his contract at St James’ Park expired.

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He had previously been worshipped by the club’s fan base during two separate loan spells at the City Ground.

Some supporters seemed to forget that he’d arrived at Forest on the back of a full season spent on the sidelines through injury.

Despite captaining the team in eight of his 13 appearances under Chris Hughton during 2020/21, some fans had seen enough. They felt that Colback was finished.

That seemed incredibly harsh. His performances weren’t great by any means but good players don’t become bad ones overnight.

Colback is now starting to justify such a statement.

Colback enjoying Ben Watson style renaissance at Forest

The same fans who claimed Colback was finished last season are probably the same people who were baffled when Sabri Lamouchi placed his faith in Watson.

During the 2019/20 campaign, the intelligent midfielder was superb. He made 45 appearances and very nearly helped the Reds reach the Championship play-offs.

Watson was the brains of the Forest team that year and perhaps Colback can now enjoy a similar reprieve in the eyes of his critics.

Since Cooper came in, the 32-year-old has made six appearances, with four of those coming as part of the starting eleven.

At QPR on Friday night he smashed home an injury-time equaliser. His performance was one that made a mockery of those who have criticised him.

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The challenge for Colback now is to keep his good form up.

There are similarities between him and Watson, particularly when it comes to his return to form.

Colback looks to be enjoying his football once more and it’s time his critics put some respect back on his name.

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