Newcastle’s young 23 year-old captain Jamaal Lascelles has been a little off form in the run-in to the league and he has come in for some criticism in some portions of Newcastle’s massive fan base.
But he’s still been good enough as a player to be one of the three Newcastle players who have made the PFA Championship Team of the Season – the other two being Jonjo Shelvey and 22 goal Dwight Gayle.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles
It’s been interesting how Rafa Benitez has handled his young captain all season.
And while Jamaal makes mistakes (he’s young – who doesn’t) he is so keen to improve his game and listens so intently to what his manager says – this lad will be a much better player next season and then the season after that.
Here’s an interview today as reported in the Shields Gazette – and you get an idea why his players love their manager and will run through a brick wall for him:
“Some games as a defender when you concede everyone can notice mistakes,”
“As a striker, you miss a chance, no one remembers for too long. I don’t remember one mistake.”
“As a team we can lose and we can win. I will not be pointing at players all of the time.”
“I have to talk with them and we analyse things, then we go to the pitch and we train. So they realise when they have made mistakes, and if they do they are improving.”
“But this team, they do learn. They will make mistakes like me and it can go down to experience. “
“They will learn. The main thing is they try to improve.”
“If you see the average age of this team we are a young team. You see where we are – it shows we have done a lot of good things.”
“Some mistakes we have made in the last games are experience.”
“You can miss players who are doing well and then you lose them. “We have missed Clark, because players need time to settle and adjust.”
“Another thing with Clark is that he is left-footed. Play Grant Hanley or Chancel Mbemba there, they are right footed.”
“Other managers will analyse that and they try to make sure you suffer.”
How would you like to player for a manager with an attitude like that?
Rafa simply wants to make you into a better player?
That’s one reason we think Rafa and Newcastle United will be a huge attraction in the summer for some very good players.
That’s one reason we hope Rafa and Newcastle United will be a huge attraction in the summer for some very good players.
We play Preston tonight at St. James’ Park and a win will see us promoted.
Request to our players – please get the job done tonight.
Howay The Lads!!