One of the positive we can take out of the match yesterday at Watford – our third defeat against the Hornets this season is the form of young center-back Jamaal Lascelles who had a good game for us and he scored a good headed goal from a corner.
This lad could have a good future on Tyneside and one thing is clear he is a center-back who is dangerous in the box and we remember the bullet header he put in late in the game against Stoke City that was brilliantly turned over the bar by Jack Butland – otherwise we could have won that game.
Jamaal Lascelles challenges Troy Deeney yesterday
Jamaal looked impressive in Newcastle’s central defense and he made some good interceptions and he also showed he has speed and he could yet have a good career at Newcastle.
At 6ft 3ins he also adds some height at the back and he is well-built and a strong classy central defender.
But Jamaal needs games if he is to improve and maybe he gives Steve McClaren another option at the back, in that he could partner Coloccini in the center and Chancel Mbemba could play at left back?
It’s at least a possible option for Steve McClaren but Jamaal has very little experience in the Premier League, but the lad did himself no harm yesterday with an impressive performance at the back for the Magpies.
Jamaal got 32% of the vote and second in the voting was goalkeeper Rob Elliot with 24% and Rob continues to play extremely well for Newcastle in the absence of Tim Krul.
Rob kept us in the game yesterday with a terrific double save in the first half from Deeney and Capoue in quick succession.
Odion Ighalo beats Rob Elliot for first goal yesterday
The Irish International is making a name for himself in the Premier League and if he cannot get a first team place next season, watch for some Premier League club to try to get him away from Newcastle.
We’d like to see both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot stay at Newcastle and fight it out is out for the number one jersey – then we’d know we had two very good experienced goalkeepers at the club.
Strength is depth is something we have never had under Mike Ashley and this would be an opportunity to do that in the goalkeeper position.
Jamaal and Rob are the two players yesterday who were way above everybody else in the voting with new-boy Jonjo Shelby having a good game in third place at 7% – at the time of writing this.