Jamaal Lascelles has become a hero at Newcastle and it took just over a week to do that – but now his performances are being recognized in Europe and for last Saturday’s excellent performance against Swansea he has made the European Team of the Week in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The team the newspaper picks every week recognizes the great performances of players in the top European leagues and they don’t include any player from the Italian league.
Jamaal Lascelles had excellent game last Saturday
Jamaal was highly regarded when we signed him from Nottingham Forest almost two years ago and it’s great to see the lad getting some recognition in Europe in this his first season in the Newcastle first team squad, after he was on loan at Forest all last season.
He was invited to join the England training sessions a few times by manager Roy Hodgson when he was younger and now he seems to be quickly coming through at Newcastle – and he’s picked a great time to do that.
Jamaal will have been helped greatly by having been coached for a few weeks now by Rafa Benitez – one of the best coaches in the business.
Jamaal rose to fame by calling out the more senior players in the dressing room during the Southampton game when he said they were not showing enough heart or spirit to wear the Newcastle shirt.
He then followed that up with a Man of the Match performance last Saturday when he headed in the first goal after 40 minutes against Swansea – his second goal for the club.
We hope Jamaal will continue his good form and also continue to show leadership both on and off the pitch for the remainder of the season – five games to go.