Jamaal Lascelles has come out and said that Newcastle shouldn´t be in the position we are in now, because we have loads of talent in the squad.
And he goes on to say that Newcastle showed how well they can play when we beat Lillestrom 2-1 last Saturday.
But Lillestrom are a Norwegian team – not a Premier League team – and they are in their pre-season preparing to start the Tippeligaen next month – and were hardly match fit on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles in action at Manchester City
We would have looked an even better team if we had played a Spanish third division (Segunda Division B) reserve side – we probably would have looked world-class – maybe.
So in the words of Albert Einstein – everything is relative.
But doesn´t the fact Jamaal says we have loads of talent point directly to the coach Steve McClaren – who cannot seem to get the best out of the players he has available this season?
Jamaal will probably have to play for us in the next two games and he´s looked solid enough when he has played for the first team although he does lack experience.
The 22 year-old will play because Fab Coloccini could be out for four weeks and Chancel Mbemba is still recovering from the ankle injury he picked up at Everton.
This is what the 22 year-old England U21 central defender has said about last week´s trip to La Manga:
“It has been a great little trip.” “Training has been really intense, a few double sessions which were good, hopefully we come back fitter from it, sharper from it.”
“We have sat down and had a lot of meetings and we have got loads of talent, that’s the frustrating thing about it.” “We’ve got so much talent and shouldn’t be in the position that we are in.”
“That is just football for you. I’m not worried about anything, the Lillestrom win shows just how well we can play.”
“We just need to take that confidence, because I think that is what it is, to do the job at home and away games.”
Newcastle are still 3rd bottom of the league and we have essentially been in the bottom four all season even though we have spent over £80M on new players.
McClaren is and should be under enormous pressure at the ckub, but Newcastle have already missed a golden opportunity to replace him.
We should have done that after the 5-1 disgrace at Chelsea.
But the Newcastle Board seem reticent to replace him because they have too much resting on him being a success at Newcastle. after they appointed him when much better and more successful coaches were available last summer.
We are now paying the price for that poor and rather surprising decision and it could cost us our Premier League standing.
We have nothing against Steve McClaren personally – he´s obviously a good man – but he´s not good enough to manage Newcastle and he´s proved that this season – the stats show that.
If Steve McClaren is to go then it will take owner Mike Ashley to step in and we suppose if Newcastle lose the next two games at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth then that could happen?