Jamaal Lascelles played very well for the first team once Rafa Benitez arrived on Tyneside last March and we all know Jamaal is made of the right stuff.
At half time when we were 2-0 down at Southampton and the lads had put in a pathetic first half, Jamaal spoke up at half time and told the players they needed to show much more fight and guts if they wanted to wear the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle United.
That was while another more experienced player was injuring himself by taking on a wall in the dressing room and that injured hand kept Daryl Janmaat out for the next few games.
Jamaal Lascelles training in Ireland
Vurnon Anita in the background
This is what the extremely promising 22 year-old center-back has said on the Newcastle web-site:
“Hopefully the way we ended last season, with so many positive results, we can follow that through now.” “We’ve taken relegation on the chin and turned it into a positive.”
“We know what we need to do now and we’re working hard for the season. I can’t wait for it to start.”
“The lads who have come in are excellent.” “Dwight will get us goals, Matt Ritchie is a fantastic winger, Hayden has come in and is very tidy on the ball for a young lad.”
“Then you’ve got Jesus and Matz as well, and suddenly the squad is looking pretty strong.”
“They are great signings and good lads off the pitch as well, which is massively important.” “There’s a different feel about the changing room, it’s really positive-minded, people aren’t afraid to speak up and everyone works hard on the field as well.”
“The camp has been pretty tough so far. The lads have come back in great shape though, everyone is flying, there’s a great mood in the camp and we are all working really hard.”
“We’ve had double sessions almost every day but it’s what we need.” “It’s mainly football-based stuff, which all the boys are really happy with but we still get the intensity we need to get fit for the new season, which will be really tough.”
“I’m really looking forward to the Bohemian game.” “We feel fit and we are looking sharp in training so we can’t wait.”
Jamaal is a future Newcastle captain although he may be a bit young at the moment – but maybe not – but we’ll know soon enough as Rafa will need a new captain now that Coloccini has gone.
Five good players have already come into the first team squad over the summer – Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden – and we agree with Jamaal that the squad is already looking very strong.
And Rafa has said today that he expects even more players to be coming into the squad soon.
Things are looking very good at the moment, but once the season starts at Craven Cottage three weeks tomorrow, we need to start putting those wins up on the board – the more the better.
The lads need to make up for the disasters of the last two seasons, which has been a complete and utter nightmare for Newcastle fans everywhere.