Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has played 43 times for Newcastle this season with two goals in his second full season playing for Newcastle United and he’s had a good season on Tyneside.
Jamaal is still young to be a center-back and is very young to be the captain of Newcastle United, the youngest captain we have had for a long time.
But Rafa Benitez had enough confidence in him to make him the captain last summer, for Rafa’s first full season with Newcastle and it’s – so far so good.
A great shot of Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles
We look to be on track for promotion back to the Premier League and four wins in our final six games will do it.
Jamaal has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he was asked if he feels responsible when Newcastle don’t do well and lose:
“I do, I can’t say I don’t.”
“It’s not just me playing for myself – I’m playing for my team and all the fans, so I’ll always give my all.”
“Sometimes I feel that if we do lose, it’s my fault, but that’s the job I have and I’m more than willing to deal with the circumstances.”
“I am young to be captain of such a big club, I know that.” “But we’ve got a really good team.” “Everyone supports each other.”
“There are three of four big characters in there that help me.”
“The manager really trusts me. I’ve got a good relationship with him, so it’s not been as hard as maybe I thought it would have been.”
“But I just want to get the job done and keep on winning games.”
Lascelles had a very good game against Burton Albion on Wednesday night, but he’s been a little inconsistent this season at times, but of course consistency will come with more experience.
He is also being coached by Rafa Benitez which has to be a huge advantage for any young player, so we expect Jamaal to keep improving at the club.
Next up tomorrow is a tough game at Sheffield Wednesday, but we still have to win it.
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