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Glowing Remarks From Benitez About Newcastle Youngster

9:07 am, Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Rafa Benitez has again praised the attitude and application of young center-back Jamaal Lascelles.

Jamaal has become a permanent fixture in the Newcastle defense under Rafa and the 22 year-old England U21 International has turned in a number of solid and impressive performances for the team, although he is still learning and improving.

But he already seems a big favorite of the Newcastle manager, because of his eagerness to listen and learn from what Rafa tells him.


Jamaal Lascelles after scoring against Swansea

We also know that young Lascelles has shown leadership both on and off the filed lately when it has been required, in what has looked like a leaderless Newcastle side for far too long.

He called out more senior Newcastle players at half time and at full time at Southampton for their lack of application and effort in that game.

Rafa was asked if he was pleased with young Jamaal:

“Really pleased,” “From watching from outside you can see a young center-back who normally needs to improve and make mistakes.”

“But the reaction when he makes mistakes when we are training, he is always listening to you and tries to understand.”

“He is doing really well and he will be a really good center-back for the future because he is doing really well now and he is learning.”

“He is so young for a center-back; 22 is young for a center-back.” “He still has 10 years to play at the maximum level.”

“I can see someone who is very professional, who is keen to learn, and for a center-back he has a great future.”

Those are great words from Rafa about the youngster who has impressed Newcastle fans whenever he has played in the first team.

He has 18 appearances and two goals for Newcastle so far and yes – he is young to be playing in such an important position in central defense.

This is his first season on Tyneside although he was signed in the summer of 2014 from  Nottingham Forest,along with goalkeeper Karl Darlow, but they were both on loan at Forest last season.

It´s interesting that both of them are having an impact at Newcastle in these vital few games of the season and that´s great to see.

They both look like good acquisitions for the club.

We could have a future England International on the books and Jamaal Lascelles will certainly improve because of the excellent attitude he has and with the great Rafa Benitez as his new manager.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Jamaal Lascelles · Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Tom // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Did Rafa mention that he was a center-back?

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Tom…A young one at that!

  • 3 Jib // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Did he mention that Ibizatoon has never seen NUFC in the flesh ?

  • 4 Toon_Tom // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    he certainly has a great future….. for a center-back, a young center back, with a great future, for a young center back!

  • 5 Toon_Tom // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    now now Jib

  • 6 hibbitt // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:36 AM


    have you ???

  • 7 Jib // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Muchos veces

  • 8 derekm // Apr 26, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    the problem with young central defenders is they learn their trade by making mistakes, and at the top level it usually means goals against.
    The fact that taylor is finished and Collocini is on his way has meant tha Lascelles is our last line, but at least he comes across as a future leader and cares about the teams peformances

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