Jamaal Lascelles was proud to receive the joint Player of the Year award along with Matt Ritchie on Sunday night at the North East Football awards, which took place at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf, and Spa in Durham.
He was interviewed by nufcTV at the awards dinner, and Jamaal talked about what it will take for Newcastle to survive this season in the Premier League.
Jamaal is Rafa’s captain and an excellent one at that, even though the lad is still only 24 years old.
Jamaal Lascelles – at the NE awards dinner on Sunday night
Jamaal is convinced Newcastle can and will survive this season.
This is some of what Jamaal has said to nufcTV:
“Since the manager has been here, the club has been on the rise and the city has been really upbeat.”
“We wish we were in a better position than we are but there are still 10 games left and, the way we are playing, I think we are going to be more than safe.”
“Everyone is really confident with each other, and with a manager like this behind us, that brings even more confidence.”
“Things have been really going well so we are going to try and keep it that way. At the minute we are playing really good football.”
“It is really tight. There are a lot of teams in it and it is a tough league.”
“It has probably not kicked off as much as it normally does, it is normally one or two teams that have gone already.”
“We can’t focus on other teams. We have got to make sure that we take the games step by step and prepare things the right way.”
“We are playing good football, now it comes down to personality and character.
West Brom are starting to tail off and have only 20 points, a full 9 points behind Newcastle – 10 if you include our superior goal difference and with 10 games to play.
Hopefully, there are now only two places to fill for relegation, and one will not be Newcastle.
Rafa is increasing the pressure on the players in training as he tries to get the very best out of the players he has.
It will be another success for Rafa if we do survive this season.
And maybe this summer whoever the owner is will start supporting our world-class manager this summer rather than working against him.
That would be nice.