This Lad – A Great Player In The Making


Once Rafa Benitez came in last March he quickly saw the potential of young center-back Jamaal Lascelles, who had hardly been used under Steve McClaren who preferred Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba in central defense and seemed unwilling to give the youngster a chance.

Along with goalkeeper Karl Darlow, Jamaal was having his first season in the first team squad and in retrospect these two players have been a great buy for the club for a cumulative £7M.

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Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain

Jamaal at just 22 is the Newcastle captain and Karl Darlow showed last season he is a very good goalkeeper in the making and both players have great attitudes and temperaments.

Newcastle are finally starting to look like a good team who are now very well organized and compact.

Jamaal was born in Derby in 1993 and he returned to his home town on Saturday but got booed because most of the time before he played for nearby Nottingham Forest, Derby’s rivals.

He joined when very young and came through the Forest Youth Academy.

After two shocking defeats in the first two league games when Jamaal did not play very well we now have won five games in a row and things are looking up a bit.

This is what Jamaal said today:

“It wasn’t the start we were looking for to the season when we lost the first two but we are starting to gel,” 

“I just think we want it. We were all obviously really upset with being relegated.”

“I think we all really want it a lot so everyone’s giving 100% and making those last-ditch tackles and headers and defending well from the front to the back.”

“The thing I like with Gouffran, last season he could easily have spat the dummy out, not trained well.

There seems a really good relationship between Rafa Benitez and his captain and Jamaal is very willing to learn under the expert and experienced eye of the Spanish manager.

Jamaal will continue to improve and this lad could become a top class center-back and sooner than we expect.

He does the simple things very well and he is a good leader both on and off the field.

And Rafa obviously rates him very highly to give the captaincy when he is still so young.

It all looks good to us right now – but the lads need to keep up the good work – and keep winning.

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  • sparky55

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    The togetherness of this team (despite the massive squad and constant squad rotation) is what will get us back up.

    There are no dummies being spat out….they all know they will be rested (not dropped!) and that the squad will be continually rotated.

    The results have been excellent so far but we will lose games we shouldn’t, and we will drop points when we shouldn’t…but there aren’t players left in the squad who have issues with their dummies.

    Now when we lose we’ll sort it and we’ll sort it out in the next game.

    We will be back up this year without any doubt

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Sparky,
    The hysteria surrounding the first two defeats, well just sums this place up sometimes. I could understand if we had Stuart Pearce in charge, Mitrovich, Perez and Mbemba screaming to get away and we hadn’t been able to persuade six PL experienced players to join us. But we have a UEFA elite manager in charge and virtually a brand new team, I hope those saying he should be given ten games are hanging their heads in shame.

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  • sparky55

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Morning Jail

    No point going after the doubters mate…it’s in their DNA and if they cant rant about summat then their lives are just that bit more miserable.

    Some people are only happy when they’re miserable and whinging 🙂 🙂

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  • mad-serb

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Sels

    Yedlin…..Hanley….Lascelles….Clark

    Hayden…………Selvey

    Richie……………Diame………….Perez

    Mitro

    If I had to try and read Rafas mind. Probably the players that played 2 games in the international break and played on Saturday may well be given a rest. Think it to ealier for atsu and Lazaar to start. We may well see both on the bench and see Lazaar being employed down the left wing later on and maybe Atsu to rest up Ricthie for Saturday. Or he might just go with Gamez at the back and I would like him to play Gayle as a 10 in place of Diame but I think its probably not going to happen away from home anytime soon. More like to happen at home.

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  • outside the box

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    jail
    good idea re line ups …would have a winning target though 25 ?
    sels
    anita mbemba lasc dummett
    shelvey hayden
    yedlin diame ritchie
    murphy

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Tomorrow night will be a tough game. I think they’ll pack the defence out and hope to get something on the break or from a set play. I cannot see them coming at us. We will need a bit guile and patience to break them down.
    Their line up from Saturday, that Jib posted earlier, looked seriously poor. Hopefully another three points.

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  • sparky55

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    Bit of a nightmare with our huge squad and Rafa’s rest policy…but here goes my effort!

    Sels

    Yedlin…..Hanley….Lascelles….Lazaar

    Hayden… …….. Clark

    Atsu……………Murphy………….Perez

    Mitro

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    It looked like the captaincy was too much of a distraction for Jamal in the first 2 games, you forget how young he is and he still has to develop as a defender BUT since he was rested he has looked a different player!

    The boy has all the tools to be a top grade defender especially developing his game under Rafa he could be our version of Carragher who was immense under him!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Otb,
    Yedling RW, mmm interesting.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    If Lacsellas continues as he is and we get promoted and he can continue with the high standards that he is currently playing at then he could be in with a shout of going to the WC with England, this may sound ludicrous but apart from John Stones is there another good quality English CB, I don’t think there is so if we can get back to the PL then he could have a good shout.

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  • clinath@ed

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    did anyone hear Talksport this morning with Ray Parlour?
    According to him we kept most of the squad together and only really lost Winni and Sissoko!!
    Do these clowns ever leave London, other than to go to Manchester?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I was making a point in an earlier thread that I thought the team was keeping it simpler at the back by sticking the ball rather than trying to play out when they couldn’t easily do that. It was an attempt at a different viewpoint but I think it may have fallen on stony ground.

    So I’ll move on and say that I think Rafa will not want to upset a winning sequence by tinkering to much with the team at this moment and therefore we’ll see more or less the same team as Saturday with perhaps only one or two changes. Possibly only replacing Gayle with Mitrovich or Murphy.

    My predicted lineup:-
    Sels
    Anita Mbemeba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffron
    Mitrovic

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    Yedlin RW is interesting and it is something that I have mentioned a few times, not just Yedlin but Lazaar as well, with Anita, Gamez, Dummett and Haidara when/if he gets back it could well be a case that they were bought in as wingers who could cover at FB if needs be, some of us assumed that Hayden was bought to be a CB we got that wrong we may have got it wrong with Yedlin and Lazaar as well, it’s only a matter of time before Ritchie and Gouffran get rotated and seeing that Atsu is the only player who we perceive to be a winger it could be that Yedlin and Lazaar get used as wingers.

    Ritchie has featured a lot so far this season and he didn’t get a rest during the internationals because he played for Scotland, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is rested on Tuesday and seeing that Atsu is more left sided than right I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Yedlin play in front of Anita as a RW.

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  • Legolas

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Lol Clinath@ed, it’s that North/South divide I think.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Spoof
    It’s not mad he’s even trained with the full England squad before but I don’t see big Sam calling him up

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  • Veltman

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    hibbitt – That’s what I read in here after the Derby match – “haven’t done much”..
    Not in previous games.Is he a left footer?

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    I think QPR will try and get at us from the off, we seem to be happy to let teams have possession in front of us and concentrate on keeping the space tight between midfield and defence. QPR were by all accounts unlucky not to hammer Blackburn and spurned a whole host of chances ( a win would have put them on equal points with ourselves).
    Think we’ll win but it definitely won’t be easy and we may have to be happy with a point.
    Hopefully we’ll get an early goal and silence the QPR fans

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  • clinath@ed

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Legolas….its lazy fkn Journalism, is what it is mate 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Anyway the missus wants to drag me out to go shopping, 🙁

    Happy days!!

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  • Legolas

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail, I will play if that’s ok.

    Sels
    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Perez
    Mitrovic

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Essex

    I tend to agree, but I believe that Ritchie will also be rested and I’m not sure that it will be Mitro, Murphy could get the nod if Gayle is rested, don’t forget that he wasn’t on international and he also missed the Brighton game so really there should be no need for him to be rested, I think Ritchie will be the only change and Rafa will then have a close look at then with possibly 2/3 changes for the home game on Saturday against Wolves.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    WWS

    I don’t expect him to get a call up this season, but next season if we are in the PL then looking at the competition he must have a chance, I hope it does happen as having one of your own in the side always gives the international matches a lot more interest.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Spoof
    Oh no he’s got no chance this season but I meant next season either mate. Sam is no fan of Newcastle or Rafa and I doubt there will be a big clamour for Lascelles to be called up no matter how his form is

    Same with Hayden and Shelvey

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Almost all seem to be leaving Gayle out, is there any particular reason for that, it can’t be form as he has been banging them in for fun, granted Saturday possibly wasn’t his best game for us, and he shouldn’t need to be rested as he’s only played one game plus a few minutes against Cheltenham since the Bristol City match which was on August 20th, so he has played just one game in the last

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail- here goes;

    ———————-Sels———————
    Yedlin—-Lascelles–Hanley—Dummett
    ———-Hayden——Shelvey————-
    Ritchie——Diame——Gouffran——–
    —————-Mitrovic———————

    I think Rafa will rest Anita and keep things fresh.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    21 days.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Legolas,
    Of course, we don’t discriminate against elves on here. One line up per poster, if you think you’ve got it right post me the link to your line up and I’ll put your name down on the sheet with five points.
    Ian, carl, Pushy are allowed to compete but once one of them have posted their line up the others are disqualified until the next game.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Sels
    Gamez_Mbemba_Lascelles_Lazaar
    Hayden_Shelvey
    Yedlin_Diame_Atsu
    Murphy

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail

    What about say 1 point for a correct player in the starting line up, and a bonus 5 points if you get them all in the position they start in? Highest total wins. Just for fun.

    Sels

    Yedlin mbemba lascelles dummet

    Hayden shelvey

    Ritchie diame perez

    Gayle

    Obviously the CBs and DMFs dont mater which side, as long as they are both correct.

    The wide players could also be considered interchangable…… or am i being too complicated? 😀

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Why are most only changing one player? I’m not saying you are wrong but this game is coming 3 days later? With another game then 4 days later. We need to rotate which is why I can see a few changes to the side to keep it fresh for Saturday.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Marcacuss,
    Let’s just see how we go before we start introducing complications 😮

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  • Wayayman

    Sep 12, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    If anyone else from here is going to QPR tmorrow, it’s forecast to be 31C in London, and it will be mental on the Tube in that heat, even in early evening so be prepared. Extra cans and a removable shirt will suffice.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail
    Personally I think 1 point for a right player, 1 point for right position, 5 for full team, 3 points for right formation, 1.5 points for correct back 5 and 5 points of ur team appears on the pitch at any time

    …what’d ya think?

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    YMFB

    Ordinarily I would agree but we have just had an international break so most will be very fresh, if two games does take quite a bit out of some then I think they may be rested on Saturday rather than tomorrow, at the season’s start Rafa was making wholesale change’s but was that for rotation purposes or was it because the selection just wasn’t working, with Sels, Lascellas, Mbemba, Shelvey and Gayle it could be a case that Rafa has sorted the spine of the side out and he may just rotate 1 or 2 to freshen it up.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Rip jail if he takes that point system into account WWSBRD. Way too much thinking involved per team, yer better off keeping it simple.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    What’s all this points for selection malarky, have I missed out on a new competition ?

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  • posada

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Sparky at 1 is the best comment I have read on this blog in months.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail

    Fair enough 😀

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Perhaps spoof, but judging from that last game players like Ritchie and Diame seemed tired really early on and I think that was due to international duty. Same with Mbemba which is why I can see him being rotated too. Gayle also seemed largely ineffective on the road so maybe a target man like Murphy or Mitrovic could help out the Team?

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Spoof

    Its Jails idea of a kind of Rafa Bingo. His teams are very hard to second guess so it makes for an interesting game.

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