Young Player Knows He’ll Improve With Mr. Benitez Guiding Him

Players who play in central defense sometimes get their initial first team experience as full-backs, since mistakes made on the flanks are usually less costly than those made in the middle of the defense.

But 23 year-old Jamaal Lascelles has been a starter for Newcastle all season and he’s played some very good games, but he’s also had a few dodgy moments as the former Nottingham Forest defender will attest to.

But Rafa Benitez has huge confidence in this player, who three years or so ago looked like was a future England International.

He’s played for all the England Youth sides from U18 through U21.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles in training

Once Rafa has coached him for another year or two that promise may be fulfilled.

One of the great things about Jamaal is his attitude – he’s a positive lad who wants to improve as much as he can – and he listens intently to everything Rafa tells him.

In fact Ciaran Clark, our other starter in central defense, has had a stellar season showing his best form in years and we always thought Ciaran was a  classy player at Aston Villa.

This is what Jamaal Lascelles has said in the Chronicle today:

“I am still young, still 23. I still have a lot to improve on.”  “I know that, everybody knows that, the manager knows that.”

“But I am a listener and a learner. I will always work hard.” “With a great manager like Rafa Benitez, I am sure I will improve.”

“I want to help take this massive club as high as we possibly can.” “That’s our goal. The first one of the week was to win and get promoted against Preston.”

“We’ve done that, now we are going to Cardiff to put pressure on Brighton to get first place.” “It’s going to be tough and we are relying on what they do.”

“But at the same time we are going to prepare on our game and what we can do.”

Jamaal is a very honest lad and a good young captain of Newcastle United, which is a massive responsibility for a 23 year-old with currently only limited experience but huge potential.

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19 comments so far

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Promotion: Sealed
    Pressure: Off
    Attack: On

    Watch us absolutely cream the rest of the season now

  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    WW, a director of football is generally involved in either coaching or tactics, or both. When has Carr ever been involved with that side of Newcastle?

    Carr barely even attends games, not the trait of a de facto director of football.

  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle top scorer Dwight Gayle has confirmed he aims to play a part in the club’s final two games in what he says has been a “fantastic” season.

    The 26-year-old striker, who joined the Magpies from Crystal Palace last summer, has suffered with a recurring hamstring injury which has limited his playing time in the second half of the season.

    However Gayle, who has scored 22 league goals for Newcastle this season, has said he hopes to return to first team action in their games against Cardiff and Barnsley, before the Magpies depart the Championship for the top flight.

    When asked whether he would play any part before the end of the season, he told the Chronicle: “I am trying to get back and be fit for the last game of the season.

    “I’d love to be involved because I want to be out there playing as much time as I can.”

    With his 22 goals in 31 appearances, which equate to an impressive goal every 97 minutes on the pitch, Gayle has become the first Newcastle striker to score over 20 goals in a season since Magpies legend Alan Shearer.

    However, the former Crystal Palace man admitted the season in the second tier of English football had not been plain sailing for the Tyneside club, but insisted the players aimed to end it in positive fashion.

    “There’s been ups and downs, and not so good times,” admitted Gayle to the Chronicle.

    “But it all comes together at the end of the season.

    “To finally achieve it (promotion) is fantastic and all the boys are absolutely buzzing about it.

    “We are looking to finish the season on a high.”

    During Gayle’s absence, both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy have stepped into the void left by the 26-year-old, although neither have managed to hit the same goal scoring heights.

    In other Newcastle news, captain Jamaal Lascelles says it is a case of ‘job done’ after earning promotion.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Been a while since I’ve seen “de facto DOF” on here. Brings back many great memories and the beginnings of a migraine.


    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Possibly not I dont know what he did while Pardew/Carver/McClaren were here but he was (maybe still is) on the board created for McClaren, he picked McClaren and only McClaren to come in, he picked the players to come in (he took enough credit for convincing them to come when it was all going well) and he ignored/over ruled Pardew on players he wanted thats not ‘just a scout’

    Hes also claiming he has no idea about agents but am but buying that

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Lee Ryder: Packed press room.

    What a surprise!

  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Ryder?Verified account @lee_ryder 14s15 seconds ago
    Injury update: Out of squad Lascelles, Ritchie and Hanley have “little problems” Gamez also doubtful #nufc

  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Miles Starforth? @milesstarforth 39s40 seconds ago
    Rafa Benitez on proposed end-of-season meeting with Mike Ashley: ‘We’ll discuss the future of the club and myself.’ #nufc

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Mike Ashley has congratulated “everybody” after promotion – says Rafa Benitez. #nufc

  • martoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    WWSBRD @5 That’s certainly what I thought as well about Carr. I’m just wondering if Rafa has cut down his role to merely a scout so the comment he made about only filing reports now is a dig at Rafa?


    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Its what the club have been happy for us to think tbf but who knows if theres something dodgy gone on Id be amazed if hes without knowledge of it

  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    So Rafa will discuss his future at the club with fat boy at the end of the season. For our sake I hope those talks go well.

    On Carr, he has always been Ashley’s eyes and ears at the club IMO, and seem to have held a role above that of a mere scout, a scout would never hold a position on the board of directors for example, neither would he dictate who was coming into the club above the managers head, but as we have been told for the past few years this is what he has been doing.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13


    Exactly. Who brought those players in in the summer of 2015? It wasn’t McClaren!

  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14


    We had all the reports at the time of who was doing what, (not that I can be bothered to trawl back) but Carr had more control and responsibility over transfers, and it’s true Penfold would do the actual deals, but how much of the honey pot did Carr have at his disposal to get to a deal position?

  • hibbit

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    not sure he is Ashley’s eyes and ears at the club i can count on one hand the home game’s he’s attend but i do think he has Ashley ear on transfers
    to the best of my knowledge he is still a board member !!

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #16


    A Director of Football is just that. A director responsible for matters football – policy, strategy, player recruitment etc. He she may get his her hands dirty with coaching but that’s an option.

    So why shouldn’t Carr have been a quasi DoF? Why would Ashley have him as a director along with Moncur and Steve McL?

    He was and is more than a scout – he’s Ashley’s right hand man, his confidente, his eyes and ears on the ground at SJP.

    Not one to make a manager feel comfortable!

  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #17

    I could understand it looking suspicious if Carr was put on Ashley’s “board” with more legitimate figures, making him stand out… but Moncur was on the same board.

    It looked more like Ashley trying to give the appearance of stepping back from the club and insulting himself from any blame. No more “buck stops with me” interviews for Ashley.

  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18


  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19


    You don’t need to attend matches to be eyes and ears mate, in the age of mobile phones you are never far away.


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