Nottingham Forest midfielder Jack Colback has earned praise from former maestro Guy Moussi on the latest episode of the Garibaldi Red podcast.
The 32-year-old has started to showcase his class once again under Steve Cooper.
During the last three Forest fixtures, Colback has rolled back the years and has even weighed in with two goals.
The fiery midfielder isn’t renowned for his goalscoring prowess but Forest fans won’t mind one bit.
Colback arrived back on Trentside prior to the 2020/21 campaign. He had previously spent two separate spells on loan at the City Ground.
Last season saw him struggle to replicate the sort of form that he showed under Aitor Karanka.
He missed the 2019/20 campaign through injury and that told as he struggled to get up to speed last season.
During the early stages of 2021/22, it was a similar story. Colback was being asked to perform in a role he wasn’t capable and naturally, he struggled.
Now though he’s Forest’s man of the moment and Moussi has been impressed with his recent form.
He told the Garibaldi Red podcast: “It’s interesting to see him come back and play really well on Saturday. He has the momentum of a new manager who can bring the best out of him.
“Does the type of football we play suit him? It’s good because he’s an experienced player. It was a shame not to have him before due to injury or lack of performance.
“The hard part – and this is life – you always have to prove yourself. Even after 10 years with Premier League clubs, you have to prove yourself and show you should be starting.
“That’s football and now he’s back in the team and back doing well.”
Colback can continue shining in the current Forest setup
Moussi is right to laud the Reds midfielder and it’s great to see the likeable player wipe the smug look off the faces of those who said he was finished.
Class is permanent and Colback has it in bucket loads. He showcases passion in his performances and is proving the brains in Forest’s engine room.
Right now he is striking up a strong partnership with Ryan Yates and both players have improved considerably under Cooper.
Forest have a tough run of games coming after the international break and perhaps there will be some rotation.
If Colback can keep looking after himself, however, he could become a mainstay for the remainder of the campaign.