Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has said that since the Manchester United win the confidence in the squad has been flying.
Jamaal has said the break has come at the wrong time, but Rafa has also had another two weeks to bed in his three new loan signings.
And maybe we will see all three – Dubravka, Kenedy, and Slimani – start at Bournemouth tomorrow.
Jamaal Lascelles – at the end of the game against Man United
Florian Lejeune has come in recently after Ciaran Clark suffered a slight knee injury and the 26-year-old played well with Lascelles at the back.
Florian arguably had his best game for the club last time out in the 1-0 win over the Red Devils and looked solid alongside Jamaal.
Lascelles now thinks the standard has been set for the rest of the season and he started off by talking about the French defender:
“Lejeune is a good defender. He offers a lot, he is good on the ball and defensively he was excellent against Man United,”
“I think me and him played well together against Man United and everyone was at it against them.”
“It’s important that we keep it there. We have set our standard and we need to maintain it.”
“We didn’t really need a rest, but it won’t do us any harm.”
“To be honest though, I would have liked to have another game around the corner because the confidence is flying.”
“Most people would never have thought we would beat Man United. But we beat them, we are on 28 points now and we are in a better position.
“The next two games are massive for us against Bournemouth and Liverpool. We need to be getting a lot of points from those games.”
Newcastle have played well away from home this season, and now we have two away games in succession at Bournemouth and Liverpool.
We would be happy enough with 3 points from those two games – but Rafa will be looking to win both games.
We need another four wins to ensure Newcastle don’t have another relegation.