One of our best players this season and one who has improved dramatically under the astute coaching of Rafa Benitez is 22 year-old captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamaal seems to work closely with manager Rafa Benitez and recently they were both at the Newcastle United Foundation’s Westgate Kicks in a surprise visit a couple of weeks ago.
Jamaal was also at the Newcastle Foundation Awards dinner on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park and that turned out to be a huge success with many senior players attending and Rafa having his entire coaching staff attend the event.
Jamaal Lascelles in training yesterday
Finally a manager is taking a real interest in everything Newcastle.
Chelsea are interested in signing Jamaal Lascelles for £18M in January, but this young talented player is going nowhere – he is now such a huge influence in the Newcastle dressing room and on the pitch.
This is what Jamaal has said about the apparent interest coming from one of Rafa’s former clubs:
“I saw a little bit of the speculation.” “I really don’t know where that has come from. I can’t pay any interest in it.”
“I am a Newcastle United player and my job is to stay here and hopefully be picking up a trophy at the end of the season.”
“That is a long way away and that is my main objective and I won’t be thinking about anything else.”
“It is an honor to be captain. This is one of the best followings in the country in terms of how passionate the fans are. We will do our all,”
“When I sit back and think about it: last season not even making the squad, to now wearing the armband every week, it makes me proud of myself.”
“22 is a young age to be captain at a very big club under Rafa Benitez. These events are special for me. I am leading this team and I am pleased.”
Those are good words coming from the captain.
It’s an exciting time at the moment for all those associated with Newcastle United – ever since Rafa arrived at the club a short seven months ago.
And there’s not too many players who will want to leave the club at the start of what could be come a very successful era under the leadership of Rafa Benitez.
It seems Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles wants to be a part of that and who can blame him?
Howay The Lads!!