Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site and we can truthfully say the 22 year-old was absolutely delighted to have been captain against Bohemian yesterday in the 6-0 win.
I feel ten feet tall – I feel so proud – it took me breath away are just some of Jamaal’s words about being captain.
You know there’s a little hint there the youngster would like to be the Newcastle captain.
Newcastle need a new captain now that Coloccini has left the club and Jamaal could get the job long term, so if that happens it would say that not only has Rafa Benitez got great faith in the lad’s leadership abilities but as a player as well.
Jamaal Lascelles in action against Crystal Palace
This is what the 22 year-old had to say on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I feel so proud.” “I was getting hints in training but the manager didn’t actually tell me. Then when I arrived at the ground and went into the changing room he told I would be the captain.”
“It took my breath away because it’s such a big thing for me.” “It’s unbelievable to be wearing the captain’s armband for Newcastle United, even in a pre-season friendly.”
“I class myself as a leader but wearing the armband made me feel ten feet tall, like a proper leader.” “For Rafa Benitez to give me the captain’s armband shows how much trust and respect he has for me and I will never forget this moment.”
“We will see what happens in the season but either way, whoever the manager picks as captain for the season, will be the right person.”
“It’s a great start,” “We’ve been working hard in training, we’ve been waiting all week for this and we came here today with our heads on the right way and a professional attitude.”
“Anyone who watched the game could see how quickly we pressed the ball after we lost it and that is something we have been working on all week.”
“We put Bohemian under a lot of pressure and from the back looking forward, it was really impressive to see the forward players doing that.”
“There was a difficult period at the start, but we did what we needed to do and were clinical with our finishes.”
“We lacked a bit of threat in the final third last season but for six individuals to score shows what we’ve got in our team.”
“Everyone stuck to their jobs, we were positive going forward and solid at the back so I’m really pleased with everyone.”
From what we have seen of the game the lads were very impressive.
And Jamaal can be a big player for us next season and in the future and he certainly improved once he got some playing time under Rafa Benitez.
The former Nottingham Forest defender had played before Rafa arrived and he had always looked good in the first team – but never kept his place.
One of the things Rafa does well is to give the youngsters their chance when they are good enough.
It was also good to see young local lad Jamie Sterry have a very good first half yesterday in the 6-0 win over Bohemian.