23-year-old Newcastle captain had a good season last term when he made the Championship Team of the Year.
But he didn’t come in for some criticism from the fans when he had some mediocre games.
But then once promotion was achieved Rafa took him out of the line-up, and it was revealed he had been playing since the previous October with a hernia problem.
It takes some guts to do that and not let on about it when you are being criticized for having a poor game.
Jamaal Lascelles – has guts galore and excellent leadership skills too
But that’s what Jamaal did, and that’s one reason at only 23 years of age he is the Newcastle captain.
This is what Jamal has told nufcTV about how difficult it was playing through the pain of a double hernia last season:
“It was hard.”
“One of my main strengths in terms of football is probably my athleticism but obviously with double hernias you can’t move too much, you can’t sprint, you can’t turn.”
“I couldn’t use my left foot – not that I like doing that anyway – so it was quite difficult.”
“I used to get injections before every game to mask the pain. Then training during the week, especially during the winter, was quite hardcore.”
“It was one of them where it was an injury that can’t really get worse so I just tried to get on with it because there was too much on the line for me not to be involved.”
“The minute we got promoted, that’s when I got the operation done.”
“But now I’m fine, my head’s in the right place, my body’s fit and we’ve started off quite well so we can definitely put our foot down even more and crack on.”
“It was quite difficult playing with double hernias and for the period of time I played with it, but now my body is fine and I can really concentrate on playing football.
“I have had a good few games but it’s about being consistent.”
“And I think the main thing for me and the team is that we stay consistent and not get ahead of ourselves after a couple of good games.”
Jamaal’s attitude is very like that of his manager Rafa Benitez – take games one at a time and don;lt get carried away either when we have a good win or a defeat.
And Jamaal has signed a new improved six-year deal to stay at Newcastle long term as he looks to be a key player for Rafa and Newcastle United in the years to come.
You can never accuse Jamaal Lascelles of not having guts, and he’s also a born leader – quite a combination.
He’s been one terrific buy for us.