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7:36 am, Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

21 year-old center-back Jamaal Lascelles has talked to the Chronicle today and it will be a key season for the England U21 International,  as he finally is in the first team squad at a club he signed for almost a year ago.

Jamaal has talked about the weird feeling he had when he and team-mate Karl Darlow signed on at Newcastle, but were then left at Nottingham Forest on loan for all of last season.

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Jamaal Lascelles in action at Gateshead

But he’s in Newcastle now and he looked good in that first half at Gateshead on Friday evening ion the 1-0 win.

This is what he has said today:

“The minute we walked in, Steve McClaren got us in and we had a meeting. He told us how he wanted to play.”

“He wants to get the ball popping around and hopefully we can carry that on into the season because that’s what he wants. He has high expectations and high demands.”

“With the players we’ve got, there is no reason why we can’t do what he asks.”  “When I signed I got loaned straight back and that was kind of weird.”

“It didn’t really feel like I was a proper Newcastle player at the time. Now I am pleased to be here.”  “And I’m pleased to be training with the boys and like I said I was buzzing to pull the shirt on.”

“It was more like a training game but you have to take it as a proper match. The boys were excellent, they moved the ball really well and we got a lot of fitness out of it too. That will help us in America.”

“It’s always been a dream to play to play in the Premier League and putting on a Newcastle top for the first team in a game was fantastic for me. I went to a few games last season and the fans showed great support.”

“Even at a smaller ground they still filled what they could so I was really pleased with that.” “I’m really looking forward to it. I am trying to get as much game time as I can.

“Training is so much different to match time fitness. It was only 45 minutes at Gateshead but hopefully I will get some minutes out there to add to it. The boys are looking to do well.”

Lascelles is just one of the five center-backs we have at the moment, with at least one top center-back likely to be signed this summer.

Lascelles will be fighting it out with Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Curtis Good, and once we get our new players in we could see two of those leave the club before September.

But Lascelles is one for the future at Newcastle, and he has a great chance in pre-season to  show the great potential he has as a future Newcastle center-back.

He’s stands 6 ft 3ins tall and is a really powerfully built player – like a tank – and he’s an impressive young man.

Comments welcome.


Tags: Interview · Jamaal Lascelles · Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Tour

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kevymartins // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    I don’t think we will get him. The club just needs to say look this is wasting our time and this is our final offer join now or take your chances waiting for another club. personally I think that if a player is having doubts about signing then just leave him because before your know it if it goes wrong or right for him heel be forcing a move out. I would take half the Mitrovic money and go take Luuk de Jong back give him a proper chance with a decent team. Him and gini destroyed their league last season he was outstanding and he is the mitrovic type of player we need big and strong.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    A little more optimistic, yes, but there is a long way to go to prove anything has changed substantially for the better. As far as the coaching staff goes I only see 2 of them as very good appointments, Cathro and Black. McClaren is okay, not exciting, but a decent upgrade on what we had in terms of coach, style and personality.

    Simpson and Schoenmaker are underwhelming. Simpson’s coaching and management CV makes Carver’s CV look very good. The only positive for Simpson is that he knows how McClaren works, and they can hit the ground running as a pair.

    Time will tell, I won’t be convinced we have seen real progress at the club until Feb 2017. Continuos progress, and no more shooting ourselves in the foot by derailing a season in the January sales.

    261Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    A deal would be agreed and signed based on a work permit being granted generally. There shouldn’t be any problems with him getting a work permit though. He has played in just under 75%of their internationals for 2 years, and is highly regarded, so even if it has to go to appeal he should get through.

  • 3 expatmag // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:49 AM


    That is why I pointed out being a little optimistic.

    We are always just the stroke of the pen away from a major Ashley blooper as proven in recent years.

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Its hard to know exactly what the club are thinking..,not so hard to have an educated guess like! But I took it as a bit of a bad sign that Colo and Willo are going on the america trip. A real statement of intent would be to sweep out the dead wood,cos let thats what they are. Leave them out, have Lascelles, Good and Satka, commit to pulling out all the stops to sign 1-2 good youngish centre halves and trust them. Colo and Willo demonstrated all last season that they have nothing to offer so whats to lose?

  • 5 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Like I said a lucrative deal not a stupid one mate. He will need a deal that is competitive if we are to keep him here, but as we have just seen with Sterling heads can be turned quickly, and stupid money can spoil the game.

    Getting the balance right is the key, give him decent money and football, as oppose to ridiculous money and bit parts.

    Injuries are an obvious risk but that can be applied to any player.

    Thanks for the info on a work permit, I was not sure how it all worked. I still don’t think a deal is agreed yet, family visits to SJP is one thing but the player himself was in Istanbul yesterday.

  • 6 musomag // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Kevy I’m beginning to feel the same way about Motrivic and that is a good call on Luuk de Jong too.

    Looking forward to seeing how Lascelles does

  • 7 the broons // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:53 AM


    Nope please don’t fall in the trap of many a football fan and become influenced by how many goals he scored in a awful standard league. I can tell you now Luuk De Jong is an god awful footballer who needs to stay in the dutch league, the only league he has managed to score goals in.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    What is lucrative then? Sterling is a very different case. Firstly he has done it far ore regularly than Aarons. But more than that this isn’t a new thing for Sterling. He did exactly the same to QPR when he joined Liverpool. What goes around comes around for Liverpool.

    To me it depends how long is actually left on his deal. If it is 2 years as some sources say, then I’d expect him to prove himself over the next 6 months, fitness and ability, before offering him a new deal.

    As for him playing, well he will have to do enough to get in the team, if he isn’t then he probably should be happy with an average wage at present.

  • 9 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Newcastle United have been named as the latest team to show an interest in Sampdoria striker Stefano Okaka, report Tuttomercatoweb.

    The Serie A star is a former Fulham loanee, and last season broke into the Italian national side as a replacement for Mario Balotelli, scoring on his debut for the Azzurri.

    Tuttomercatoweb report that Okaka is being trailed by Newcastle, who are looking at alternatives to QPR’s Charlie Austin up front.

  • 10 musomag // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    It can happen, Jon Dahl Tomasson was awesome in the Dutch league and couldn’t do it here but I don’t think LDJ is god awful, he was here at a tough time and it just didn’t come together

  • 11 Toonfan8 // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Stefano Okaka isnt prolific striker we need…not good enough, in 25 his scoring record is worse than Riviere…no thanks

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Wouldn’t want Luuk De Jong back here. The Prem has had plenty of incredible goalscorers from Holland. More often than not they struggle for goals in the Prem. LDJ would join the ranks of Altidore, Kezman, Alfonso Alves, Van Wolfswinkel, Babel, Van Hooijdonk – the list goes on. Even Dirk Kuyt could be looked at in this bracket, did okay in England, but was a goal machine in Holland.

    A massive no on LDJ. My god, LDJ and Riviere in the same strike force…..

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Mitrovic is having doubts because he wants to play at the best level. If we aren’t prepared to make a bit of effort to persuade players to join, then why were people complaining when we finish in the bottom half? Any top player will need convincing, you need someone who can sell the club well. Maybe that is our problem.

    The fans want the club to be ambitious, but don’t want the players we sign to be?? Seems counter productive.

  • 14 Toonfan8 // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    yes I remember Luuk De Jong here, but I also remember, that he was played out of position and that team was struggling…to be fait to him, it wasnt the best time to come here

  • 15 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:01 AM


    Yeah that’s the thing though, getting the balance of the contract right.

    Aarons is still a raw talent at the moment and as you say he will need to prove himself over a period of time.

    How McClaren uses him this season may be the key to the type of contract he gets (if any).

    I would like to think he is worth keeping and that a good deal could be tabled for him, I understand the risks of giving young players lucrative contracts, but then that’s where you discover what sort of character they really are.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Messi and Ronaldo would have struggled to score goals last season the way we played last season never mind Luuk De Jong.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Lilongwe…I think our problem for a while has been that we are selling a product not labeled correctly…and we have been found out!

    …doesn’t mean we couldn’t be a great steppingstone for others!

  • 18 JDdubai // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    There are examples of the dutch league comparison which work both ways.

    On one side Alves, Tomasson, Kezman but on the other Bony van Nistelrooy etc.

    Dont think LDJ will handle it but who knows, he looked way down on fitness and confidence when he was here so you never know, strikers are nothing without confidence.

    Wouldnt mind him as a backup to whoever comes in as number 1 CF to replace Cisse if he leaves but not as first choice.

  • 19 Sammmy // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Completely off topic and one time link spam, but here are 5 benefits to having Mike Ashley at Newcastle.

    Totally not sarcasm 😉

  • 20 Toonfan8 // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie
    I agree with you about Mitrovic, at least we want players with quality and ambitions. Yes, it takes time, but we finished down the table and to go up, we have to sign this sort of players…Wijnaldum,Mitrovic will add something we have been missing a long time…and also we need to sign at least one top quality CB Abdennour/Veltman/Matip…

  • 21 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    We are now linked with Sampdoria striker Stefano Okaka

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I think if Aarons refused a reasonable contract with high incentives then that would tell us his character. You could put an infinite number of clauses in that would allow for him to get a significant boost to his earnings either through performances and/or an option to renegotiate after reaching a certain number of games, goals, assists etc.

    If he is confident in his ability and a personality alien to Sterling then he should be happy enough to be challenged and to actually prove himself before being given everything he wants.

  • 23 kevymartins // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    @lilongwe So what he wants champions league. Would you rather sign for a club who finishes in the top 3 of their division every season without fail and get bucked out of champions league straight away also think their league is small like 32 games a season or something I’m talking about Porto. Or go to a team that’s trying to build something go somewhere an be playing against the likes of Arsenal Chelsea City Man Utd Liverpool Spurs every season? … People don’t care about Mitrovic as much because he is a Balotelli/Barton type of player basically a nut case. If he wants to rot on a Chelsea bench or something like Cabaye did then he can go ahead. Fair play to Fabian Delph a man that wants to play. As McClaren says don’t worry about us the club sells its self. Take a look at Gini for more. High profile player that Mitrovic signed up and I take it you have seen the video of him loving St.James

  • 24 musomag // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    I think the majority of fans would love Mitrovic to sign, me included, but it’s beginning to feel like one of those elongated Gomis, Bony, Aubameyang sagas that ends in disappointment and a lot of wasted time in pursuit

  • 25 musomag // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Anyway, this post was about Lascelles… did he look at the Gateshead game?

  • 26 toonincheek // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    muso –

    Not at the game, but reports say Lascelles played first half and looked good.

    As for posters staying on topic – dream on!
    Although there isn’t much to be said about Lascelles until he plays a bit more.
    Reports so far just mention he is a 6’3″ tank.

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