How Things Can Change So Quickly In Football


Jamaal Lascelles has developed a lot since Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle on March 13th when Jamaal went from a player who had hardly played under the very woeful Steve McClaren – to a regular for Rafa in the last several games of last season.

And in the summer, Rafa made Jamaal captain after the 22 year-old had shown some real leadership previously.

One example of that was at half time during the game at Southampton when  more experienced and older players said nothing.

rafa benitez jamaal lascelles

Newcastle manager with his captain

Jamaal has been talking about how things have changed so quickly for him over these last six months or so:

“I’m very comfortable being captain. I’m outspoken and will say what needs to be said. You can’t just have players with talent and flair.”

“You need to make sure players are dedicated and are putting a shift in too.”

 “It is a big responsibility. As an individual I’ve got to stay positive all the time, even if I want to lose my head or whatever or get angry.”

“I’m only 22 but the other lads do look up to me and you’ve got to stay positive. It is a big responsibility, but I’m a big enough character to deal with it. All the lads are backing me.”

“On the pitch I’m not the only one with a voice. We’ve got some big characters on the pitch who are helping me.”

“When we beat Norwich 6-2 I was watching from the box. It just goes to show how much football can change,”

“I’ve gone from being out of the squad to being captain – hard work can get you there.”

Jamaal is right to say things can change quickly in football and they often do.

In the summer of last year after Chelsea had won the Premier League in Jose Mourinho’s second season back at Stamford Bridge, who would have thought he would be fired before the end of last year?

And about 40 hours ago before the news broke in the Telegraph, who would have thought that Sam Allardyce would be out as the England manager?

Yes – things do change quickly in football and in life too – as it turns out.

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100 comments so far

  • ToonBano

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Things can change quick

    ….just ask Gouffran

    http://thegingerpirlo.com

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  • nut meg

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail
    Ha ha great minds etc, i’m quite confident of getting 3 points tonight and 5 points points each for me & you.

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  • nut meg

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    points points…a bit of a stutter there.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa’s bingo V Norwich

    ‘………………….Sels……………………..
    Yedlin M’Bemba Lascelles Dummet
    …………..Shelvey Colback…………….
    ………Ritchie Gayle Gouffran………..
    ………………..Murphy……………………

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa bingo then, here is my two cents;

    Sels

    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    Gayle

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Looking at my team I think we need height in there vs Norwich and my team lacks it, yet I still think that is the team Rafa will put out. And if we need height then Rafa can bring in Murphey, Mitro and Diame later on.

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Murphy will get a start tonight… he’ll be chomping at the bit to get one over Norwich because of his Ipswich links!

    If he does I’ll have a fiver on him for first scorer toon to win!

    HWTL!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    *Crosses picket line*

    Am I allowed to re enter ?? 🙂

    Rafa bingo
    Darlow
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Gayle Goofy
    Murphy

    Would be appreciated if you could make a note of this one Jail.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Or there will be a riot.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Just catching up with this thread this is a repost.

    I see that Ed has moved on but Jail i believe wants our predictions on this thread.

    Jail Rafa bingo confirmed

    Sels
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Goufron
    Murphy

    I really wanted to pick Darlow but I think he will fielding Sels and I reckon Gayle or Mitrovic will probably be preferred to Murphy but Rafa does tend to surprise us.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    There doesn’t seem to be any games on TV tonight and only highlights of the European Games.??

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  • chicousa

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    JfA
    Rafa Bingo

    Sels

    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    Mitro

    Mitrovic to score a brace. Score 3-1. Would like to see Darlow start but don’t think Rafa wants to bruise Sels confidence any more than it has been from the stick he was getting via twitter…

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Nice stat:
    There were 13 goals in the two games between the Toon and Norwich last season.
    Nailed on nil nil tonight then!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Good afternoon bloggers and a very merry matchday to you all. Can’t wait to get in my seat tonight. Really looking forward to this game for certain.
    Ed saying fans are worrying about promotion. Really? A win tonight puts us within three points of top place – don’t worry be happy. Going up up up!

    Rafa bingo for what it’s worth.

    Sels

    Yedders Lascelles Mbemba. Dummett

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie Diame. The Gouff

    Murphy

    Time the beast was set loose on his old rivals Norwich. Better in the air than Mitro, I’m sorry to disappoint Mitro fans – including myself! 🙂 Horses for courses.

    Now watch Rafa blow us all out of the water. I think firebug has inside contacts 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Bill, see how many times i missed the bus yesterday mate? Ed’s deffo onto us two my friend. Dunno what either of us have done like 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m not paranoid. It’s just all those plotting against me who claim I am. 🙂

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  • Blofal

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    ——————Darlow
    Yedlin – Hanley – Lascelles – Dummett
    Ritchie – Colback – Shelvey – Gouffran
    ————Mitrovic – Gayle

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #18

    rafa bingo…

    selz
    Yedlin-mbemba-lascelles-dummett
    Ritchie-colback-shelvey-gouffran
    mitro-murphy

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Rafa bingo

    Sels
    Yadlin lascelle clark dummy
    Shelvey colback
    Ritchie gayle gouffy
    Murphy

    Diame must be dropped for this one. The guy was firing blanks in the last game. Gayle may have been poor but at least his chances were on target.

    I reckon rafa will want a big man, since teams park the bus against us when we play at home, & I personally think that would be the best thing to do.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #20

    If there’s one big plus about this league, it’s that we get to see more games. Looking forward to going tonight.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Winbar….

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #22

    LR32, isn’t it just? I’m loving this 2/3 games a week mate, even though it leaves me crippled! I’m recovering from one game just in time for the next and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂 keep them coming, I’m loving it like you.
    I do sympathise with those unable to attend though, it must be frustrating not geing able to watch. Best advice is listen to the radio and watch ssn simultaneously, because they show the goals as they go in. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Ha ha! ‘Not geing’. Bob the ventriloquist strikes again! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Enjoy a gottle of geer whilst listening too.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobby

    Yeah, look out behind you!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail, are you there mate? Someone was wanting a link to that radio link you listened to whilst working away, any chance you could post it so more can tune in? Damned if I can remember it. Lilo was wanting it too. Cheers.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Bloody hell bill, you made me spill my coffee there mate. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby

    Just in case Ed thinks we are whingeing to much, I think all of his threads are pre-set and I believe he has to have a certain amount out to collect some dollars.

    No problem with that we all have to live.

    It just gets annoying when you have written an opus and just posted it and bingo a new thread comes up.

    We still love him though

    HTWE

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  • Jib

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    You all should wait until I have posted the pre-game training pics before entering the Bingo.
    So many clues so little time !
    😎
    http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/events/672822905?editorialproduct=newcastleunited

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby

    🙂 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    That’s Sels but for a minute I thought bl00dy ell is Steve Taylor back with us. Dead ringer.

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  • clinath@ed

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Nufc.com are saying the match is on 5live extra tonight

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  • nut meg

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #33
  • Jib

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Caption Competiton

    Prize – One of Geordie 2’s honey badger fur lined thongs.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Nice one clint. It might well be on talksport2, i haven’t checked. Most people across the world can tune into 5live online so you’ve just made a lot of people happy.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    confirmed rafa bingo lineup:

    sels
    yedlin lascelles clark dummet
    shelvy hayden
    Ritchie peres gouffran
    mitro

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  • Jib

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ll start the ball rolling

    “Beam me up Scotty – I’m in a spot of bother here “

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #38

    No flies on jib I see. 🙂 Never thought of that actually mate, but I will next time thank you! 🙂 If it wasn’t for those damn kids I would’ve got away with it!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    ‘Wheres me gum shipment, I’m a bit stressed’

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 28, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Is 5live online audio or TV

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