Jamaal Lascelles is a natural-born leader and that’s one big reason Rafa Benitez chose him as his captain last summer when the lad was only 22 years-old and had played only 21 times for the first team.
And Jamaal has grown as both a player and as a person this season and often gives interviews where he says it like it is and holds back nothing.
The captain has talked today to Sky Sports and he says there will be no complacency at Newcastle during the run-in and certainly over the last seven league games we are unbeaten and have a good five wins.
Jamaal Lascelles – no complacency at Newcastle
Wins is what we need and we need one badly against Bristol City on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
This is what Jamaal has said to Sky Sports today:
“We have got some really tough games coming up but we have always said that we have to take every game as it comes and prepare for the next one.”
“We have been working on what we can do to beat Bristol City.” “Brighton preparation will start soon but teams come to St James Park and they want to perform.”
“They want to try to impress and make it as hard as they can. We have to get this job done before we can think of anything else.”
“People might have questioned complacency earlier in the season but I think that’s out of the window now, we haven’t got the type of players to show complacency.”
“We all want to get promotion and win, we will fight for each other.” “Complacency does not come into it. Bristol City will be tough but any team we play we feel we can beat them.”
“We want to win the division and I am sure Brighton will as well. These games are going to be massive for us.”
“We have winners, big characters, players who have done it before.” “We have a really good understanding of what we need to do and we have the manager leading us in the right direction.”
“If we all focus then we can’t go too far wrong.” “We have players that can slot in for Gayle – Daryl Murphy came in and did a great job, scored a few goals, and Mitro too.”
“As long we are winning games we have good strength in depth and competition in every position. It’s a bit of a blow, losing our main striker, but he will be back soon.”
Jamaal has played 35 times with two goals this season and the reason he went nuts on Tuesday night after we scored our second goal against Aston Villa is because he thought he had scored the goal.
But of course it was an own goal, compliments of future Hollywood great Henri Lansbury.
Lansbury has rightly been credited last year with one of the great acting performances in modern football in the 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, as he managed to con the referee into sending two of our players off – all within the first 45 minutes.
Not quite sure why he’s wasting his time playing football at the moment when there’s big bucks to be made in Hollywood.