Captain – Whatever Rafa Says We Agree With It


Jamaal Lascelles has been one of the success stories of the season so far and ever since Rafa Benitez came in last March 11th he almost immediately saw the potential and leadership of Jamaal and started playing him in the first team.

That was a huge change from the way Steve McClaren had handled him and basically Jamaal never got a look-in with the hapless McClaren.

Rafa even made Jamaal the captain in the summer when he was only 22 and that was after Jamaal had shown real leadership in adversity last season – especially that episode at half time when we were being taken apart at Southampton.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal called out more senior players who didn’t say a word at the break – good for him.

One player – now departed – even broke his hand on the wall – and that didn’t help anything or anybody.

Jamaal seems to epitomize the new player at Newcastle – completely committed and willing to do whatever Rafa tells them to do – such is the presence, experience and single-minded professionalism of the world-class manager we have at Newcastle.

This is what Jamaal has said today as reported in the Chronicle:

“We have had a few blips, but we don’t panic. We know what type of boss we have and what type of players we have here.”

“We’re half way through the season and we are still playing good football.” “Rafa Benitez is a very experienced manager.”

“He’s managed at the very top level so whatever he says we agree with and back him up. We’ll give our all.”

“With the players we have, there is talent but also we have people who care, they want to work hard.”

“We have a really balanced group and a massive squad with depth.”

“I’ve come along way from not even being in the team to travelling with the team to being captain.”

“I have kicked on, I hope I am just at the start of it. Loads has changed, players come and go and there’s different staff.”

“Rafa Benitez is the boss now so the club are on the way up.” “If we keep winning games it’ll keep improving.”

“With the players we have they are great on the pitch but also in the changing room and in and around the building.”

“There’s not one player that doesn’t get involved.” “We go for team meals and I think that’s really important and it carries onto the pitch.”

Lascelles has now made 51 appearances for Newcastle (30 this season) with three goals and he looks to have a stellar future ahead of him as he leads Newcastle forward with the expert guidance from Rafa Benitez.

There’s no reason with a little bit of luck that in a year’s time we could even be doing well in the Premier League.

But hey – first things first – we must get promoted this season – that’s the only thing that matters at the moment.

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57 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    OFD

    You never told me you barracked for the bombers!!!!!!!!!!

    Shame on you

    Or is this just another example of the blog idiot making out he knows everything through the use of google and wiki……..lol

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  • mad-serb

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    One of the biggest changes that has happened this season so far is the injury situation. I cannot recall when last have we had such small number of injuries, which tells you just how big a difference the setup currently has changed our fortunes.

    Secondly players are also not lining up with sick notes for the first time as everyone wants to play, and even injured players are willing to play.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    People on here need to take that on board and trust Rafa. He knows what he’s doing. He’ll buy only if it improves us, not for the sake of it. He said that before the window opened and said it would be difficult getting the players he wanted.
    Some posters are almost wishing Ashley to drive Rafa out so they can be right. When Rafa says nothing has changed, why not just accept that and stop looking for problems? If Rafa thinks he’s being undermined we’ll know it quickly enough. Until them I don’t see how anything has changed from before the window opened. Just rumours spread without any basis.
    Madness. Be glad when it shuts and we get back to winning the league without conspiracy theories that Rafa’s sold out like McClaren and Pardew. Never heard such baseless claims. Buy or not, Rafa will carry on regardless. How much he spends in the summer we’ll found out then, when it happens.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I have to admit, I do like an enexpected signing. They quite often work out well. (Sibierski, the return of Nobby to name two off the top of my head). Hoping it works out the same way if we land this Brazillian playmaker)

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Serb , looks like we’ve passed that hoodoo to the unwashed down the road. 🙂 Loads of injuries for them this season. You could almost feel sorry for them… almost.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Mark, most of these links have been rubbish mate. I’m just happy to wait and see myself. If we get anyone, great. If not, so what? We’re strong enough to win the league and to be honest, I’d sooner he kept the money until he can get who he really wants.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    i still think we’ll get a couple in both will be loans with a option to buy
    but as bobby says if we don’t no big deal

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Unexpected*

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    78TyneMouth // Jan 27, 2017 at 2:44 AM

    Checked-in to the blog to read about developments regarding Saturday’s cup game, or more non-news on the transfer front, and surprise, surprise, there are conversations about the merits of Welsh football.

    For crying out loud, this is a blog specifically about NEWCASTLE UNITED FC.

    Please, please, stay focused! I can’t understand why anyone other than a totally committed Geordie diehard would even visit this blog.

    I know that there are numerous contributors whose intentions are malicious and disruptive, and they stand out like a spare pric… Makem.

    Just ignore them, they have a low attention span. I can’t think of anything more pathetic or juvenile than to contribute to a rival club’s blog.

    Let’s keep this show on the road, we are in the top two of the Championship, well set for promotion, I am not interested in Welsh football, I don’t want any of their football rejects, all want is to keep on keeping on…

    Calm down boyo, loads of fans support this club that’s not from the city, Man Utd have a massive fan base in China or Japan, does that make them wums as well.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Bobby

    Yeah we have been linked with almost 40 players this month!
    However, the Brazil guy has come out of nowhere, and that often means there’s truth in it.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Bring in his Gabriel lad.
    Get Jesus fit and on the pitch.
    With GOD as manager, what can possibly go wrong?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyway, any chance of us signing any players this century or what.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib,
    Nope
    Swans are my team.
    Sydney swans welshie before you get too excited

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    From the BBC website:-

    “Yup, former Newcastle wing…er… runner Gabriel Obertan has made the gossip.”

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    But I will never think of a calzone again without thinking of greggs or ginsters 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Welsh

    Thats a very good point. Fair play to you on that. People visit this blog from france, scandanavia, the middle east and africa, just off the top of my head. NUFC is not just for geordies.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    welshgeordie9
    and you wonder why you get so much stick WUM

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Fee agreed for Van Arnholt. Squidward next – wonder if he is worth a bag of chips?

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh yeah, and Australia. Appologies to our Antipodean Aquaintances 😀

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  • reilly

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20

    WTF 14m for Van Arnholt.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #21

    McBain the Blunderland CEO reckons if a player (Van ARnholt) does not want to play for them they will sell.
    Join the queue!
    He stipulates they have to sayit.
    Just not bothering to try not mentioned.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Expat ,
    Not sure where jib even got the bombers from …
    I tried following Collingwood when I first got here but just found other than the kit not much to like saw them a bit like millwall or port power to be honest .
    Went to couple of games when plugger locket was in his prime and thought why not ..
    Was out to dinner other night and bumped into buddy Franklin and his gorgeous wife .
    Very down to earth couple and he seems a very humble quiet guy .would make mitro look like a midget however

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  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Markaccus @ 16
    but those world wide visitors dont deliberately try to wind the blog up on every visit unlike the welsh WUM

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  • expatmag

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    OFD

    Been a pie since I got here mate. Biggest club in the country by a long chalk.

    A bit of time for Buddy but he left the hawks for the money….pure and simple….wonder if he regrets it now considering recent grand final results

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  • expatmag

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Mark

    No worries cobber

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Markaccus

    Cheers mate, glad someone has got sense.

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  • mad-serb

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Bobbybee

    I was always told that when you are fully committed you are than likely to not get injured as to the opposite when you trying to avoid contacted you are more likely to get injured.

    I think halve their team has given up and with no money to invest I recon their sick notes will probably increase rather than decrease. They are really scrapping the bottom now with some of the players they are signing.

    The only thing to be sorry about is that we are not able to sent them down for good, because the way things look they might not be back anytime soon.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Welshie

    You wouldnt get as much grief if you didnt keep peattling on about Swansea. Prople just arent jnterested. I gave a second team too but I dont mention them on here.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    what ever Rafa is doing is working, so i find it hard for anyone to knock the guy,
    but i do feel sorry for 2 of the players on the sidelines as i think there both good enough to be in the team now.
    Mitrovic and Mbemba, IMO Mbemba is the best CD we have at the club but Rafa seems to want a more British feel to the team which i do understand.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Expat ,
    Buddy regrets ?
    Doubt it .
    I think the beauty of the systems here in both NRL and AFL. Means pretty much anyone from the top 8 can think they have a reasonable chance of winning th league …. Unlike the prem ( foxes being the exception)
    Imagine a team finishing say 15 th been told they get to pick the best young player coming through and there’s nothing the Chelsea and citeh can do about it ? Food for thought .

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  • G

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    @29, I have a pet team too, through family association though. Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned them on here, but its Partick Thistle.

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  • mad-serb

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    Lol now Chelsea want Darlow for 8 million. The reporters just link with whatever they think of, over a coffee break.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    G
    Partick thistle ?
    As an avid collector of panini stickers I spent weeks pilfering newsagents trying to complete my Argentina 78 book and Alan rough , goalkeeper came flooding back reading that .:)

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  • G

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #35

    OFD, still has the appearance record for them if memory serves.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Was decent if memory serves. Me right … Even if he did look like he belonged in status quo

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  • G

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #37

    Ha ha, didn’t all players back then? Only thing missing was the Denim.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    G
    Pretty sure ally’s tartan army would have looked like an extension of the bag city rollers away from the stadia 🙂 denim a plenty

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #39

    Bag. … Bay city rollers

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  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    The Oxford boss is saying he fancies them to do an upset if they are still in it after 70 minutes – park the bus time methinks – I hope we will have it all done and dusted by 70 minutes.

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