Newcastle 23 Year-Old Lauds Vocal Playing Partner

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 21, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Its always good listening to your captain talk to the fans makes a change from Colocinni!!!

  • G

    Dec 21, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I think the only time Colo was vocal was in restaurants, when complaining about food or service. I am told he was infamous for trying to dodge his bill.

  • manxpie

    Dec 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    So the sun have him saying ” you smelly breathed Arabic kernt” so which is it?
    Again Wat did saiss say to him?
    Would it be dealt the same if he had called him an English kernt?

  • toontaff2

    Dec 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    toontaff2 // Dec 21, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    So with the “A” word now apparently racist, unless “smelly” is, I read the headline “Toon star injured out for 6weeks” – worried Gayle, Ritchie or Dummett was out – phew it’s De Jong!!! A real star!
    I was enjoying us being top of the league and hope for no more nasty headlines!
    Shame, Jonjo did not jus deck him, rather than say anything, if he did! Far more satisfying and less punishment!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    So we are bookies favourites for Fabian Delph in January? If he can get past some of the injury problems he has had at City, then he would be a very decent signing. Going to City was a huge mistake for his career, I wonder whether young(isn) English players will ever learn that taking the big payday too early in their career will only damage their career.

    Delph essentially replaced Sinclair as a homegrown player, who had replaced Johnson….

    Delph could fit in for Diame, or deeper. He hasn’t got Shelvey’s range of passing but he can certainly control a midfield and perform at Premier League level. Wages could be a stumbling block, depending on what he gets at City.

    On Shelvey, everything that has been said about the evidence makes it difficult to see how he has been found punishable. There must be something in it though, and is there potential for an appeal to bring further sanctions? Talk of whether it would hold up in a criminal court is irrelevant. Suarez wasn’t charged that way, Terry was (and found innocent) but at the time people on here thought Terry was a racist and deserved the punishment.

    As for the fact that Scottish people use the word ‘Arab’ to describe someone who is troublesome or a mild nuisance, I’d say that using it the a race of people to describe those 2 traits is pretty racist…. Even if it is done without animosity or understanding of the fact. A lot of racism is ignorance, and I’d say that use definitely comes under that bracket.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Edit previous…

    I’d say that using a race of people to describe those 2 traits is pretty racist….

  • G

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Delph would be a risk, but if he stays fit that could be a dream midfield pairing of Delph and Shelvey.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8


    Did dejong get a 5 year deal off us
    He is going to a tough one to get rid off

    Shame it not worked out for him with us

  • firebug666

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I remember my mother use to use the term “you little smelly arab” when she wanted us in the tin bath in front of the kitchen fire. There was never anything malicious about it.

    I still think this has been blown out of all proportion, as both players were exchanging words, so what are the FA are telling us; it’s ok for foreign nationals to insult us, but we are not allowed to respond.

    I don’t mind Shelvey getting a ban and fined if he has done something wrong, but as of yet I don’t see what he has said that is so wrong. He says he is innocent, on the evidence so far, I believe him.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    It doesn’t have to be malicious to be racist. Just like some of the name calling banter you will no doubt have with your mates isn’t malicious, but could still be considered inappropriate or offensive.

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    just hope all this fuss doesn’t blow us of course !!
    any one know if the summing up will be made public ?
    to much clock and dagger for my liking

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    My Gran (Rest in Peace) was incredibly racist. She didn’t mean anything malicious or hurtful by it, but she made sweeping generalisations based on skin colour / ethnic origin.

    the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
    prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”

    I’d say using ‘Arab’ in “Smelly Little Arab” or using it to call someone troublesome or a mild nuisance fits in with the definition of racism perfectly.

  • firebug666

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13


    If that is the case the we should all keep our mouths shut, and cease all communication for fear of offending someone.

    When does common sense come into it?

    The wolves player brought this up after the match because the wanted Shelvey banned, and now they have their wish, I wonder though, what exactly did the other player say to Shelvey, maybe that could be deemed racist, offensive or insulting.


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