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.
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.