Jamaal Lascelles deserved to be given the Newcastle captaincy even though the lad is still only 22, which is really young to be captain of such a massive club like Newcastle and he’s only made 22 appearances so far for the club.
But it’s testament to his strong character and he seems to have all the qualities needed to become a very successful captain of the club in what we are hoping is a new era for Newcastle United under new manager Rafa Benitez.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
This is the message he has sent out to both player and fans alike in the Chronicle today:
“We’ve got to take it game by game, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.”
“We’ve just go to prepare for every game; we’re not going to win every game, that’s football.”
“But we have to take it stride by stride, make sure we’re all fit and ready and that we prepare ourselves in the right way.”
“It was a very proud moment to get the captaincy.”
“I’ve been getting little hints and stuff in pre-season, a few players have said it to me, and the manager’s been asking me a few question – probably to test me – but it’s announced now so I’m really pleased.”
“The majority of the fans have been wanting me to be captain so I’m really pleased that they’ve found out as well.”
“This is a massive honor for anyone and it’s about taking that on board and going forward now.
“The boys have been really supportive, I think they seem happy that I’m captain.”
Those are good words from Jamaal and a message that we cannot take anything for granted.
The season starts in earnest tonight at Craven Cottage in London, when we take on a good-looking Fulham side under the impressive new Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic.