It will be interesting to see if Jamaal Lascelles will be the Newcastle captain next season as Rafa looks to bring in some experienced Premier League players this summer.
If Wes Morgan comes in from Leicester City it could be that Wes is immediately made the Newcastle captain, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Jamaal Lascelles had a good season lat term and made the Championship Team of the Season along with Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
Then we heard he had been playing injured with a groin problem since last October, so that must have hampered his performances, but it just shows how important Rafa rated him in the Newcastle side.
It also shows the commitment Jamaal has to Newcastle United.
And it’s hardly surprising that being captain of the side that won the Championship last season is the high point of Lascelles’ career – so far.
However, we are hoping in the next few years that Rafa can bring some big trophies to Newcastle and Jamaal should be in the team, so a lot more seems possible now, with a Newcastle club managed by Rafa Benitez.
This is what Jamaal has said today as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Hands down, it was the best moment of my career, lifting that trophy,”
“It’s been a tough season, a lot of ups and downs, but that’s football for you. “
“We got the job done. We know we have to work hard for next season, and we’ll sort that out as well.?“
“We’ll chill for a bit and see our families, because it’s been relentless. We’ve trained every day, worked hard, we’ve carried knocks, injuries, so we’ll chill – but we’ll be ready for pre-season.”
“We couldn’t have done it a better way,” “We played excellent, and then came the late equalizer down at Villa.”
The roar we heard was unbelievable.?“
“I want to say thank you to the fans. They stuck with us all season and I’m glad we could give them back what they deserve.”
It was a fantastic achievement to get automatic promotion from the Championship last season, but now Rafa knows his side must be improved in quality over the summer.
Lee Charnley and Rafa are now working hard to bring in up to eight new players to the squad and it’s going to be an exciting summer for newcastle fans.
As usual we are being linked with a massive number of players this summer, some of which may even be our targets.
What do you think?