Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes."
It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city."
It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.
Jamaal Lascelles is a natural-born leader and that’s one big reason Rafa Benitez chose him as his captain last summer when the lad was only 22 years-old and had played only 21 times for the first team.
And Jamaal has grown as both a player and as a person this season and often gives interviews where he says it like it is and holds back nothing.
The captain has talked today to Sky Sports and he says there will be no complacency at Newcastle during the run-in and certainly over the last seven league games we are unbeaten and have a good five wins.
When Newcastle went on a 9 winning streak in all competitions after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on 24th September, we had 5 clean sheets during that run and it was important the defense play well so we didn’t need to score too many goals to win the game.
With Dwight Gayle now out for at least four weeks after his hamstring went again on Tuesday night against Aston Villa, it will be even more important that our defense is strong and on form basically for the remainder of the season.
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When we take a look at various younger players we have been linked with over the last few months, there are a couple who seem to be good and that Rafa Benitez could well bring in during the summer transfer window.
They will also not cost enormous sums of money if we do bring them to Tyneside.
One of them is 21 year-old Ivory Coast International Nicolas Pepe who plays for 12th placed Angers in French Lique 1 and the other is 19 year-old Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke whose contract with the London club runs out at the end of June.