Rafa Benitez has still to announce who his Newcastle captain will be for this coming season, but 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles has had those duties in pre-season and while he is very young he could get the captaincy this season and not too many Newcastle fans would complain about that.
Jamaal showed last season what it means to play for the famous Newcastle club and he let players a lot more experienced than himself know that – and in no uncertain terms too.
Good for him.
Jamaal Lascelles in new strip – raring to go
And Jamaal, who has looked very good in pre-season at center-back has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site:
“Pre-season isn’t just for fitness – you’ve also got to make sure you are doing the right things, and our results would suggest that we have been,.
“It’s a nice feeling to have been unbeaten going into the season, and I feel like we’re ready.” “
“The boys are sharp, we are all raring to go and if we continue like we have been in front of goal then it could be a very exciting season.”
“We started off really well.” “Vitesse were a different type of opponent to what we have faced so far in pre-season – playing much more in front of us and very much to feet.”
“But I thought we dealt with it well and took our goals fantastically.” “I was really pleased with the first half, but I was quite disappointed with the goals we conceded in the second half.”
“As a center-half it’s not nice to concede any goal but especially from a set-piece. We’re going to analyse it, go over what we need to do and correct it ready for Fulham on Friday.”
“We know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got to get things right. We’ve got high standards and want to be as good a team as we can, so it is important that we get things right.”
We did quite well in pre-season and won four of the five friendly games, but that doesn’t really mean too much.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|
The real stuff starts on Friday at Fulham and it would be great to get a win in our first game in the Championship for over six years.
That’s what we’re hoping for.