The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Benitez Praise For Youngster – He´s Really Good, Really Positive

9:20 am, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Rafael Benitez seems really pleased with 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles for the way the young player showed some real leadership in the dressing room last week at Southampton.

That was both at half time and full time and he told the players most of them lacked the courage and guts to play for Newcastle United and they needed to show more heart.

The former Nottingham Forest player immediately became instantly popular with the Newcastle fans and at least we saw one player who started to tell the truth and stepped up to the plate.


Jamaal Lascelles last week at St. Mary´s
What the hell are you lot doing?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on the Newcastle youngster.

This is Rafa has said in the Shields Gazette:

“I was really pleased, because Lascelles was saying what everybody is thinking outside,”

“We know that we have to give everything. We know we have to do better and we know that we have to show character.”

“Maybe in some games we are not doing what everybody is expecting.” “Quite possibly, also it is not just to say these things because the key is on the pitch.” 

“He is sent to do his best, and he is not scared of the challenge or what he has to do.”

“I think he is really good, really positive. What we are expecting from them is to tell the right things and do the right things on the pitch. “

“We need characters – people telling others what to do and after going on the pitch, saying: ‘listen. Follow me. Do that’.”

“I think that they are doing that at the moment.”

At least we know Jamaal has the guts and courage to play for Newcastle and now we want to see him put in a good solid performance today against Swansea at St. James’ Park.

The defense is again a patched up one and Jamaal is key because he will likely play alongside Chancel Mbemba – another young defender at just 21.

We need a win today otherwise we will almost certainly be relegated.

Comments welcome.



We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Coaching · Jamaal Lascelles · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    You have to wonder what his team mates thought as he effectively slagged them all off!!!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Great team spirit at the good ship NUFC. Listening to Jonas radio interview about his team mats congratulating him on his win. Seems like everyone bar Beardo and Monkers know that Ashley and Churners are a pair of cnuts.

  • 3 Jib // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    I wonder why Jonas , if he thought he was so hard done by didn’t have a pop at Norwich and Hughton.
    Between his testicle being removed and lymph nodes being found he spent nearly a full season at Norwich only playing 4 times.
    Sauce for the goose etc . etc .

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe Hoots and Norwich were honest with him. Have you thought about that?

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    We’ll see if no one will pass him the ball

  • 6 Malta Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    “Patched up Defence” Ed? I actually think it’s our strongest back four

  • 7 AndyMac // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    My opinion ? Lascelles hasn’t got an ego, he’s here to learn, improve further his career. The Sissoko’s, Gini’s, of this world think they’ve done it already.

previous post: This Player Gets Plaudits From Rafa Benitez

next post: Newcastle Star – Championship Is Trouble For Everyone