Defender’s Dire Warning Against This Happening Next Season

Things on Tyneside are buzzing at the moment as Rafa Benitez seems to be doing everything right in his new job at Newcastle and last week secured three new good signings in just three days .

In came goalkeeper Matz Sels, striker Dwight  Gayle and right winger Matt Ritchie and they will definitely strengthen the squad.

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Jamaal Lascelles against Crystal Palace
What a goal-saving tackle this was!

Everybody is really upbeat about our chances of getting promoted first time next May, but center-back Jamaal Lascelles – one of the stars under Benitez last season – has warned that we cannot become complacent or expect it’s going to be easy.

This is what Jamaal has said today on nufcTV:

“What we can’t do as individuals and as a team is get complacent,”

“We can’t go there and think ‘We’re Newcastle United, we’ve got these players and we’re going to walk it’, because it’s not going to be as easy as that.”

“Players in that league are tough, it’s going to be physical and there are more games.”

“You play Saturday, Tuesday some weeks so we’ve got to train hard and get our fitness 100% and go there with the right mentality.”

“We’ll listen to what the gaffer and the staff say, and whatever direction he takes us we’ll follow.” “We’re just really looking forward to it.”

“We know where we’re at, you’ve just got to take it on the chin. It’s football, it’s life.”

“It’s a test for us now but we’ve got great quality, great talent in the changing rooms so we just need to put it on the pitch.”

“Bringing in these new signings is a massive breath of fresh air, not just on the pitch but in and around the changing room.”

“They’re great characters and lovely lads so I’m looking forward to training with them and getting some game-time with them.”

“Matt Ritchie’s an unbelievable player, he brings a lot to the training sessions so I’m really pleased to have him here, and Gayle’s energy is excellent.”

“But as for the rest of the boys, we’re just pleased to be here and we just want to get the season up and running now.”

The news is that Rafa wants to being in two full-backs and a center-back by next Saturday when the squad leaves for Ireland for the training and bonding camp.

We have again been linked with 33-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa and with England International center-back Steven Caulker, who is at QPR.

Rafa not only wants the best squad in the Championship for next season, but a big one too so he can rotate players and keep them fresh throughout a long and hard season.

Jamaal’s right – we cannot take anything for granted – we found that out last season when we were relegated after spending a massive £80M on players in the two transfer windows.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    I honestly believe Lascelles is going to be some player….

    Along with Rafa coaching him possibly a future international.

  • geordie157

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree, he got compared to a young Des Walker (I think) when he was coming up through the forest academy.

    He’s got all the attributes to become a top centre back and he seems like a future captain.

    Both the forest lads have done well, two of our better recent signings.

  • hibbitt

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    The fact you said you said Sammy Ameobi has even shown signs of being a footballer shows you know f all about football.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Lascelles and mbemba are the best two cbs we have had at the club for a long time it’s refreshing to have faith in players in that position. We just need to beef up the squad in that area now although for me Dummett is that useless with the ball he really needs to convert cb.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Hibbitt I could name a god few times especially in the Europa league in which Sammy has shown flashes of brilliance you could probably just put it in YouTube. Does that mean he is a good player or I rate him highly……..No.

    I was using him to compare against gouffrann who does not show anything when he comes on he has been well and truly pardewed.

  • expatmag

    Jul 3, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    JIB/IANTOON/CARL/JANEetc etc etc

    Unfortunately for you, your reputation as the blog idiot enhances with every post you andvyour alto egos make.

  • Slank

    Jul 3, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Lascelles and Mbemba made a very effective central partnership. It would be a difficult decision to breakup that partnership should Rafa bring in an experienced centre back.

    But experienced centre back at what level ?

    The Championship is going to be rougher and tougher than the Premiership and very much more demanding due to more games. Also we will be the team that all the others will strive to beat.

    Therefore bringing in a player from a lower foreign league may not be the answer. We got lucky with Mbemba but it remains to be seen whether he can adapt to the rough and tumble of the Championship.

    If it was a choice of who should make way I would say Mbemba as Lascelles is now the most experienced defender we have. He has the t-shirt.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Just because I don’t think Gouffran is as shite as you do does not mean I know fcuk all about football. Considering Villa and Sheff Wed have reportedly bid for him, two clubs aiming for promotion where as Sammi Ameobi can’t even make Cardiff’s first eleven would show his value to a squad. As for my sticking up for Danny Simpson in not being as bad as people made out, we’ll his PL winners medal kind of proves that point. My scenario of bringing Gouffran on to close a game out is only irrelevant IF we had someone better to bring on, Gouffran will be replaced in time, unless there is wholesale clear out it won’t be this summer.

  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Just been looking at Dwight Gayles twitter account.
    The amount of abuse off Sunlun fans is extraordinary.
    Their envy of NUFC is clear .
    The fact that Rafa stayed – that we can still sign quality player even though in the Championship.
    They are truly SMB’s

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 3, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Not feeling as cranky as i did last night so happier now about the team. We need more players and that may include a striker if cisse goes. To say nothing about defenders. I think dummett could be a very good centre half but do we have enough quality in there and is caulker an upgrade on lascelles or mbemba? Bobby i think we both said that we should be buying established premiership players as class would rise to the top. I wud have preferred to see beardo and co thrown out with their loser mentality but trust that rafa has a close eye on him. If thauvin stays and does well i will be amazed. Hopefully 3 more players to come as we will have lost loads by the time the season starts.


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