Jamaal Lascelles Again Demonstrates Great Leadership

22 year-old Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has today come out and defended Matz Sels who came under severe criticism after we dropped 2 points late in the game at Villa Park on Saturday.

Jamaal has demonstrated why Rafa gave the young defender the captaincy of such a massive club, even though it’s a huge responsibility for one so young and still fairly inexperienced.


Jamaal Lascelles in action for Newcastle

This is what Jamaal has said in the ChronicleLive:

“Goalkeepers are like defenders, whenever we make a mistake it gets blown up out or proportion. Much more than when a striker misses a chance.”

“Nobody was to blame, he’s kept clean sheets this season and has been excellent. He wasn’t at fault for the goal as there were a build-up of mistakes before that.”

“Nobody is on his back and we will take it as a team. Whenever a goal is conceded we won’t point fingers at individuals.”

“We will look at it as a team and look at it collectively and how we could have stopped it even getting to that position.”

“When playing in these shirts we ask high standards of each other, as players we want to do well as much as the fans.”

“The minute the opposition score,  people may be on our backs. The fans will stick with us and we won’t point fingers.”

“We will deal with it as a team and correct it in training.”

It takes real courage to be a leader and we are so impressed with Jamaal and those comments are almost perfect – given the situation going on currently with Matz.

The players seem to have real team spirit and we certainly have a really good captain of the club in Jamaal Lascelles.

We’re proud of him.

19 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Well done lascelles. I read somewhere that some NUFC player was gesticulating at the bench after Sels was missing those catches. What a dxxxxxxxd. You may want to have a chat with him captain 😉

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #2

    ..bit of damage limitation or bridge building going on here methinks.

  • G

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Cyprus, the accusation was Lascelles who made the gesture. If he did, I never noticed it.

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    he certainly had a go at Sels for missing one cross in the first half

  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    young lad who in the heat of the moment lost it
    don’t think he needs you to remind him of his mistake leave it to Rafa to point out the error of his ways

  • cyprus

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6


    Still, I appreciate it when players applaud teammates’ (or even opponents’) efforts even when they don’t come off. And when they pick someone up after an error and give him a pat on the back and a good work.

    I know he’s just learning and these are good words.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Lascelles really should be a no2, a yonug leader in waiting behind an experienced head, but we don’t have one with the right criteria. He has the raw ingredients for a captain, but sometimes comes across as ‘acting’ captain, literally trying to do and say what he thinks a captain should – too contrived. He’s obviously a natural leader of sorts and came to the fore, fair play, but it’d be great if he had somebody to learn from.

    Our best CB that’s for sure.

  • cyprus

    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Good word

  • Belfast

    Sep 27, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I seen him scream at Selz and throw his arms in the air when he made a mistake in the first half – Which is perfectly acceptable in my opinion.

    I don’t believe he was gesturing towards the bench.

  • Belfast

    Sep 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10


  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Hail Wor Ashley

    total agree wise words
    hard to put a old head on young shoulders
    one thing it does proves Lascelles cares

  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Hail Wor Ashley

    i can see Clarke improving given the time and opportunity. so far looks to have the right attitude

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #13
  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #14
  • Belfast

    Sep 27, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby in answer to your earlier question – nope I definitely wouldn’t buy a used car from fat Sam 🙂

    Funniest thing about is he’s a multi millionaire, a very rich man who doesn’t need the money. He’s obviously just a greedy sod who can’t help himself.

    You’d think he would have learned his lesson after the panaroma carry on.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 27, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    So where does Pearson go ? Can’t be England so is he lined up for Sunderland or Stoke or even Palace if Pardew moves elsewhere ( but like Pearson that can’t be England because he’s blotted his copybook previously ). Then again they might give McClaren a second chance with Carver as his number two. Now if Hughes leaves Stoke who would take him , Derby ?
    Who’ve I missed ?
    Like watching the Magic Roundabout really.

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17
  • posada

    Sep 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m glad he had a go. You can’t judge something that happens in the heat of battle. An injudicious comment/gesture at worst.
    Most of the time our players are blowing smoke up each others back sides. I’ll say your great and next week you say the same about me.

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think they’ll sack him.
    He’ll resign


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