Nottingham Forest man Jack Colback has been compared to a Dutch legend by ex-Reds star Steve Hodge who was commentating on BBC Radio Nottingham last night.
Forest thrashed West Brom 4-0 at the City Ground. Goals from Brennan Johnson, Ryan Yates, Colback and Sam Surridge saw the Reds home on Trentside.
It was Colback’s third goal of the season that drew the most attention. His left-footed volley sailed into the net with David Button all ends up.
The strike certainly wasn’t something you’d typically associate with Colback. During his career, the 32-year-old hasn’t been a regular goalscorer and is normally a defence-minded player.
Hodge claims he doesn’t think Colback meant it; although the player later confirmed that he did in fact mean to score with his volley.
The man who played in an FA Cup Final for Forest said on BBC Radio Nottingham: “He’s not meant that! It’s literally (Marco) van Basten esque!”
Colback’s other two goals against Preston and QPR were somewhat tamer efforts. This, however, could win every goal award going when the end of season accolades are dished out.
It was truly a moment to saviour and the City Ground fell into disbelief when it rifled into the net in front of the home supporters.
Colback is a big player for Forest
The likes of Johnson, Yates and James Garner have taken lots of plaudits lately. Although they deserve their praise, it seems unfair not to laud Colback for his under the radar contributions.
At 32, Colback is ageing like a fine wine. He’s been instrumental under Cooper this season and has played as a central midfielder and at left-back.
He performs both duties with aplomb and in the absence of Max Lowe at left-back, he’s slotted in seamlessly.
Forest need some experienced players to aid the youngsters at this pivotal moment in the campaign and as a result, Colback can expect to keep his place in the team.