We have to remember that new captain Jamaal Lascelles is still only 22 and it’s a massive responsibility to be the captain of the club when we have just been relegated.
Jamaal has a so-so start to the season but he’s come on strong in the last few games and played very well and of course he’s a real leader, there’s no doubt about that.
Under Rafa’s guidance this lad can become a top-class center-back and he’s also keen to learn.
Jamaal Lascelles after scoring against Brighton
Jamaal has been interviewed and he has talked about how tough it’s going to be this season and that we cannot take anything for granted:
“It’s going to be a big ask.” “Players can’t get complacent. “We can’t think we’re going to walk all over teams.”
We’ve got to go there and prepare for every game like it’s a cup final like we did in the last games of last season.”
“We’ve got great players, and with the attitude we’ve been showing recently, we can beat anyone on our day. “
“We’ve got a strong team, and inside our changing room now it’s really strong. “That’s massively important, not just the stuff on the pitch but inside the changing room.”
“People are really starting to gel and get on with each other.” “People don’t realise, but it’s so important.”
“You can have unbelievable players on the pitch, but if they’re not gelling, don’t know their jobs and aren’t working hard, it doesn’t matter at all.”
“It’s a really tough league,” “When you’re going to Leeds United on a Tuesday night and it’s cold and raining, you need big characters.”
“You need players to come out of their shells and start using their voices.” “It Saturday-Tuesday games. You need to be fit as well. You’re not just playing Saturday and resting all week.”
“Rafa knows what he’s on about. Everyone trusts him 100%.” “I think that’s the main thing. We’ve just got to crack on.”
We have done well after surprisingly losing those first two games to Fulham and Huddersfield Town who happen to be second and first in the league respectively at the moment.
But Rafa never flinched and we now have four wins on the trot and we want to extend that in our next two games – on the road at Derby County and QPR in a short four days.
Wins are what will get us promoted this season – wins and more wins.
Jamaal has played 27 games for Newcastle so far with three good goals.
Here’s our tough schedule before the next two week International break.
September Sat 10 17:30 A Derby County Tue 13 19:45 A QPR Sat 17 15:00 H Wolves Tue 20 17:45 H Wolves - EFL Cup 3rd round Sat 24 17:30 A Aston Villa Wed 28 19:45 H Norwich City October Sat 01 15:00 A Rotherham