About 20 months ago at halftime during the game at Southampton Jamaal Lascelles had a go at players in the dressing room at halftime for some sloppy play in the first half.
He told the players they had to care when playing for Newcastle and be proud to wear the shirt – and some other things…
That impressed manager Rafa Benitez who in that summer made Jamaal Lascelles the captain although he was only 22 at the time.
In fact, one of our problems we’ve had in the last eight games is that we have missed Jamaal’s play and leadership in the Newcastle side, so hopefully, things will improve with all of our 26 squad players now fit to play.
Jamaal has said the players talked in the dressing room after the Everton defeat and a few home truths were said.
Jamaal Lascelles – spoke up after Everton defeat
But it not as frantic and hectic as it was at Southampton.
Here’s what Jamaal has to say as reported in the Chronicle:
“It’s not like a few years back when I had a go at people.” “It’s nothing like that at all.”
“It’s just about working hard as a team, sticking together, looking back on how well we were doing at the start of the season compared to now.”
“I would not say it was calm, no. There were a few home truths said.” “I don’t want to leave it too late for things like that to be said.”
“The reality is we are not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players do not want to hear.”
“It’s certainly not the easiest game in the world (at Arsenal).”
“But they only have 11 men and we have 11 men and we’re in the same league, so for me, it’s anyone’s game.”
“Ideally, you do not want to be conceding goals from individual errors.”
“If you are going to be conceding goals in this league, it should be by your opponents playing world-class football.”
“I think at the start of the season, teams were scoring goals against us which had us holding our hands up saying ‘OK, that’s great football.’”
“But more recently, in the last three or four weeks, we have been making mistakes and it has cost us.”
“So we definitely have to sort that out because it is unacceptable.”
The first thing Newcastle must do is to start defending well so we are hard to beat because we don’t concede too many goals.
With Jamaal back in the side and Paul Dummett coming back soon that may happen.
But the position we are in at the moment is not good and given we were 7th top after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at home in October – it’s come as a huge shock to the system.
At least to me, it has.