Jamal Lascelles has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette, and it’s an interview before the players decided to stop talking to the press because of their dispute with the owner on their bonuses for next season.
As usual, the Newcastle captain is upbeat about next season, and he thinks the team will be better this season than last.
Jamaal points out the lads got a Premier League season under their belts last season and will be better for it.
Jamaal Lascelles – confident about next season
He also doesn’t want to hear any doubters and any talk about relegation this season.
Let’s hope we don’t have any reason to talk about it.
Here’s what an upbeat Jamaal has said:
“This squad has had a full year in the Premier League together, so now we know what it’s about,”
“I think we can really push and aim for something similar, if not a bit higher.”
“It’s not straight-forward. The start of last season, I said we would finish 10th or around that place. It was a big ask, but the boys did it.”
“There’s no reason why we can’t finish in a similar position again. Same squad, hopefully we will add a few more players.”
“But anybody who comes here, it will be difficult for them to jump straight into the team, because we’ve got 11 workers here and 11 players who will run into the ground.”
“We’re such a unit, we are a hard team to beat. The stats don’t lie – we’re a hard team to play against.”
“You finish where you finish through hard work and from the team gelling together and through the manager and the fans.”
“The work we put in pre-season, the work we put in every session we do, determines where we are going to finish.”
“I don’t want to hear any doubters, people saying they’re going to go down. That’s not what we want to hear.”
“We finished the season with confidence, and we know we can beat the big teams and upset them.”
“So we don’t really have anyone to fear, we shouldn’t do.”
Some clubs have been after Jamaal this summer, but he’s going nowhere.
He is one of Rafa’s most important players as the manager attempts to build a side on Tyneside that can challenge eventually for a top six position in the Premier League.
That’s if Rafa stays long enough to be able to do that.
It will not happen with Mike Ashley as the owner.
We have today as the last full day of this summer transfer window before it closes tomorrow night at 5:00pm.
With leaving it so late, it’s going to be difficult to get players through the door in the next 34 hours.
What do you think?