Jamaal Lascelles is the captain of Newcastle and one of our most important players both on and off the field.
Jamaal returned with most of the first team squad yesterday, and he has reflected on what turned out to be a second successive season under the ultra-talented Rafa Benitez.
How he got us into 10th place in the league, we will never really know but having all the fans 100% behind the players and the club must have helped a lot.
Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez yesterday
When you think of Newcastle think of Rafa Benitez – not Mike Ashley – and that should help.
Jamaal is a born leader, and he’s becoming a more effective player for us too under the guidance of the manager.
Jamaal has been interviewed by nufcTV:
“Great to be back after a tough season but very successful one.:
“I have been for a few holidays with my family and my partner, she’s pregnant at the moment. Baby’s due in September so just chilling out really.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing some new faces in here. Seeing the rest of the boys, get back running.”
“We play for one another…we play for the badge.”
“We play for the fans, the staff and, of course, our families.”
“There is not one player here that would try to just play here to try and get a move.”
“It is not about that – we are loyal.”
“A hard working young group of players – it is going to stay that way.”
“It’s nice to be back – I have kind of missed it to be honest.”
“Just looking forward to getting the friendlies out of the way, make sure we are flying for the first game of the season.”
“Other boys at clubs tell me they just turn up, train and go home but with us lot we’re looking forward to seeing each other and we don’t just shoot off home.”
“We have got high team chemistry and everybody gets on, which is why we had success last season.”
Playing for the badge, the fans, the staff and their families – there’s a unifying message.
Both Rafa and Jamaal have a terrific bond with the Newcastle fans – they say what we think.
There’s got to be something good about that.
Let’s hope Rafa with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley can get the job done in this summer transfer window.
I am really looking forward to this season and hope we can do extremely well once again.
The last two seasons have resulted in both being successful although like everything you have to get through some of the difficult times.
Howay The Lads!!