There will not be much argument from Newcastle fans as to who were our best two players yesterday in the excellent 1-0 win at Swansea.
Captain fantastic Jamaal Lascelles had a fabulous game, and it’s not surprising the Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle (make that Rafa) want to extend his contract past 2020 with a new improved deal.
He was our Man of the Match with 55% of the vote.
When he was younger, Jamaal was picked out as a possible England star of the future, and under Rafa Benitez, he is starting to show some of that enormous potential and his attitude is just first class.
Jamaal had a so-so season last term down below, but then we found out he had played with a groin problem from late October on.
Jamaal Lascelles after scoring yesterday
The signing of the season for Newcastle has been Mikel Merino.
Mikel is second in the voting with 32%, and he looks a powerful player on the ball – he reminds us just a little of the great Duncan Edwards, the former Manchester United midfielder in the 1950s.
Edwards was one of the best players England ever produced, and he died in the Munich Air crash at just 21 years old after playing 177 games for the Red Devils with 21 goals; he also had 18 caps for England with 5 goals.
The 21-year-old Spaniard seems to be getting better with every game, and he was excellent for Newcastle in central midfield yesterday and is forming a hard-working midfield partnership with the unheralded Isaac Hayden.
Isaac is the type of player you don’t notice too much during a game, but the team doesn’t play as well when he’s not on the team – as we found out last season.
A great result for us yesterday and our hats go off the Jamaal for an outstanding display.
And when we do sign Mikel for £6M next year our question will be – how much will he then be really worth in the transfer market – if he keeps playing like he did yesterday for us.
All is rosy in the Newcastle garden at the moment – hopefully, it can stay that way.