Rafa Benitez still has not decided who will be the Newcastle captain for next season and he will probably offer the captaincy to Moussa Sissoko when he returns from his summer break, as an enticement for him to stay on at Newcastle.
But when you hear some of the comments Moussa has made it seems like the French International is adamant he wants to join a bigger club than Newcastle this summer.
Jamaal Lascelles arriving for the game yesterday
Moussa Sissoko may want to move to Crystal Palace where the news today is that Alan Pardew is interested in yet another Newcastle player.
But Palace have little chance of signing Moussa since the 26 year-old wants to join a club that plays regularly in the Champions League and Palace don’t do that.
Benitez said after the game yesterday that Aleksandar Mitrovic has suffered a slight knock while Rolando Aarons was taken off immediately after he scored his goal as a precaution – and he seemed to have a bit of cramp.
This is what Benitez said after the game about Jamaal and the Newcastle captaincy:
“It was the first game and he was on the pitch.” “We will have to think carefully and choose the right one.”
“I haven’t decided on the captaincy yet.” “We have to keep working hard and see how they react every day.”
“We were trying to manage the minutes as we have some knocks.” “We have an idea about the minutes and the positions but it is about how much we have to work during games.”
“They both done well (Mitrovic and Aarons) and we know that they can both score goals.” “Now the main thing is to continue doing what we have to do.”
Lascelles is a huge fan favorite for the captain’s job and he showed last season he has real leadership skills on and off the pitch.
At only 22 years old Jamaal may be a bit young to become the permanent captain at Newcastle, but we will know soon enough.