We’ve noticed in the games that both captain Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark are very vocal at the back for Newcastle and they are in constant communication with themselves and with the rest of the team as they organize the defense to good effect.
Newcastle have now conceded only 17 goals in our 22 games played in the league and only Brighton (14) and Derby (15) have conceded less, and nobody has scored anywhere near the 45 goals we have scored – with Dwight Gayle getting 17 so far.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
The defense is so much better than it was last season when we were just hopeless and leaked 65 goals in 38 Premier League games and scored only 44.
Ciaran Clark and Jamaal are stars of the side so far this season and Jamaal thinks that he and Ciaran work well together.
Jamaal had this to say to the local press as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I think we work well off each other.” “Ciaran’s played in the game a long time and reads the game really well.”
“He’s very vocal and helps me out a lot talking and organising from the back.” “Me and him are so loud for the team.” “I think it’s so important.”
“Then we’ve got Vurnon Anita who can defend down one end and set up a goal down the other.”
“Throughout the team, we’ve got a great balance. The thing is, we’ve got players on the bench who can play as well.”
“Whatever decision the manager goes for is obviously the right decision. The boys are doing well.”
Ciaran Clark has been a terrific buy from Aston Villa for only £5M in the summer and of course he’s played lots of times in the Premier League for Aston Villa – 134 games in fact.
Clark is just one of the many good buys Rafa Benitez made in the summer.