During his press commence this afternoon Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles will remain the club captain for the coming season.
Jamaal has been injured and not played too many games in pre-season, and he will be hard-pressed to get his game if new signing Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark play well .- but then again Rafa could play three at the back too.
But then again Rafa could play three at the back a number of times this season in the PL after Chelsea were so successful with that formation last season in winning the Premier League.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
This is what Rafa said at his press conference today for the Tottenham game on Sunday:
“I’m happy to keep as Jamaal as captain because he was good last season.?”
“When you have new players, it’s important to have someone who knows what it means to be the captain of this team, what it means to help the others to settle in and what it means to push everyone to give everything in every game.”
“I think he was great last season and hopefully he will continue to be a good captain for us in the future.”
And Lascelles said this to nufcTV on how much he had learned last season when captaining Newcastle to the Championship in the second division:
“It’s not just on the pitch, wearing the armband – there’s so much more to it.”
“I feel like I definitely have learned a lot over the last year, how to manage players. I’m still improving, still learning and I’ll keep listening as well.”
We didn’t think Rafa would change the captaincy, but it will be interesting to see who he plays in defense in the coming season.
Jamaal is a born leader and has deserved the captaincy at Newcastle.