Newcastle Youngster – I Like To Boss People About

Jamaal Lascelles has come to the forefront over the last two weeks at Newcastle because of two things – his leadership abilities as well as his performances on the field.

He spoke up in the dressing room after the 3-1 disgrace at Southampton and since then he has played two very good games alongside Chancel Mbemba in central defense for the team.


Jamaal Lascelles – I like bossing players around

It seems as though Jamaal has taken it upon himself to ensure players are doing their jobs both on and off the field – so good for him – and remember he’s just 22.

This is what Jamaal has said:

“I just try and do my best for the team, I keep trying my hardest and that’s all I can do.”

“I like to communicate to others and boss people about, because I think that’s what we’ve lacked and that’s what we’ve needed.”

“I’m there to boss people about, to make sure everyone’s doing their jobs and keep on at everybody, and I think it’s working. Having that fight and passion counts for a lot.”

“The situation we’re in isn’t nice, but these last two results give us a confidence boost and put us on the front foot.”

“The organisation and communication throughout the team now is so much better than it has been, and that’s vital.”

“We need to remember where we are and what we still have to do, so we’ve just got to keep our heads screwed on.”

Yes – we are all for that – to keep our heads screwed on – sometimes that’s difficult when you support Newcastle.

We need to get wins in the last four games – as many as possible – starting at Liverpool on Saturday if we are to survive the drop.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #1

    My man of the match. Tiote was pivotal to our solidity in DM. Anita worked hard and got the goal. Sissoko showed glimpses of why we bought him by his terrifying running and that lovely cross field ball, but for the most part his short range passing is infuriatingly poor.

    But for me, the young lad Lascelles has risen to the occasion and I think apart from Rafa has done more than most to suck air into his lungs and get some fight into the whole side. We will look back at the end of the season and cite him as one of the major reasons for the return of some identity to this side, whatever happens.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Apr 20, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    An old head on young shoulders, hard to come across for us in recent years. In fact I can’t think of one. If any good comes from this season it’s the emergence of Jamaal.

  • AncientC

    Apr 21, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #3

    The awkward moment you remember that Coloccini (highest paid player) still has another season left on his lucrative contract.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 21, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Seeing Liverpool romp Everton I think it’s best that we do our best to make it a narrow defeat and keep the score line low.

    A 4 nil hammering like today can be a disaster at this stage if the season and our confidence.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 21, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #5


    That’s the spirit given the bindippers a 4-0 thrashing would be great, it would be a disaster for them and really boost our confidence.

    I like your positivity.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 21, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Everton are not too far removed from where we were under McClaren. Martinez is on his last legs, but we have renewed belief. Defeat is of course most likely as t’s away to a good side, with still an outside chance of a Champions League spot to play for, but a hammering far less so. A point would be great, and then a further seven in the final three, is also achievable and quite possibly will be enough.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Without suggesting those who are relegated and promoted don’t deserve it, but has there ever been a side relegated that almost certainly would more hold it’s own the following season in the league its being relegated from anything like as much as us now, under Rafa and with another window to strengthen.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #8

    We’d be top 8 next season under Rafa.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #9

    ilovetoon–@4—-Seeing Liverpool romp Everton I think it’s best that we do our best to make it a narrow defeat and keep the score line low. ””
    No way. WE have to go for the win . going to keep the score down would be committing suicide in our battle to stay up. We need the points , going to ”keep the score down” would be like going back to how we were before rafa came. You need to get rid of this defeatist attitude , the team have , and so should every toon fan in the country. To stay up we must remain positive. Everton were shyte against pool, all over thyen place , i’m looking at 3 points – nothing else. If we do get beat , then go down fighting.

  • one fine day

    Apr 21, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Could not have put it better myself.
    Maclaren went to chelsea with the keep the score down attitude with predictable results
    He went to stoke to play for a drawer ffs again played right into there hands
    Don’t thinks it’s in Rafa nature to try that
    We should be going for three now EVERY game.
    Fortune favours the brave n all that.
    Still possible to leap frog palace too 🙂

  • Mag52

    Apr 21, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #11

    For all his apparent fixation with French players, presumably it was Carr who spotted Lascelles and Darlow at Forrest. So it hasn’t been all bad for him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #12

    The worst bit about the Stoke defeat was that Mclaren was so determined to play for a draw he could not or would not see that the match was there to be won, he never went looking for a goal until it was too late. He really was a rabbit in the headlights. A first class shite house of a man. All this talk about hom being a lovely bloke….

  • lochinvar

    Apr 21, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Everton are the problem – they are not in a good place and play the Mackems .
    If Martinez goes there’s a Managers vacancy on Merseyside where Rafa’s family live but I think he’s man enough to know he’s at the bigger club now.
    And the Bindippers are after Ben Arfa.
    Good to know that Ashley, Charnley, Pardew and a McClaren have been looking after our best interests all along.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Lascelles got a mention last night on 5Live in the prematch discussion about the lack of Leadership coming through the Academies and how he was a natural talent in progress.


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