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This Man Is More Than Just A Good Player – It’s Why The Fans Love Him

Some clubs were after Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles in the summer but Rafa Benitez is not daft, and he said his captain was not available.

Every inquiry made by other clubs was quickly rebuffed.

Jamaal was signed with goalkeeper Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014, but both were allowed to play the next season on loan at Forest.

The two of them together cost £7M – so it was an excellent double buy for Newcastle.

Both players love it at the club, and both were key to our promotion from the Championship.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles – two vital men at Newcastle

Karl is now number two behind our excellent new signing Martin Dubravka, but Karl has improved over the last three years at Newcastle.

In fact, Rafa has said since Dubravka came in last January Karl has improved as a goalkeeper.

Rafa joined us in March of 2016, and he almost immediately picked out Jamaal Lascelles as an excellent young player and started to play him in the first team.

Then in that summer when the lad was only 22 and after we had been relegated  – Rafa named him captain.

A terrific appointment by Rafa in retrospect and Jamaal was our best player last season.

When the lad speaks – just like when Rafa speaks – he knows exactly what the fans want, and he shows he’s completely committed to the club.

That’s just one reason why fans love Jamaal.

This is what pundit Danny Higginbottom has said about the Newcastle captain today on Sky Sports:

“He leads by example, he’s a strong physical player.”

“When I was with him at Nottingham Forest, the one thing that stood about him is that he wanted to learn.”

“He’s grown into that (leadership) role at Newcastle and the fans absolutely love him.”

We fully expect Jamaal Lascelles to become a better player at Newcastle because he is so keen to learn from Rafa Benitez.

The two of them have a great relationship, and both happen to be perfectionists.

The only thing we need now is for owner Mike Ashley to somehow sign Rafa Benitez to a long-term contract and agree to help Rafa build a top team on Tyneside.

That’s still possible.

We think.

If Ashley would only give Rafa decent money to spend in each transfer window and let him spend the transfer money as he sees fit – that could even work on Tyneside.

As long as Mike Ashley keeps in the background, as he’s been doing for over a year now.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Aug 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    “It’s a difficult place to attract the very best players because most of the foreign players that come to the UK want to play in London, Manchester or Liverpool.”

    How would we know if you don’t pay the going rate for the best players. It didn’t seem to stop Keegan getting who he wanted.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Keegam only signed two players of note from abroad
    Tino and Albert

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Keegan even

  • Pottsclock

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    It would be an understatement to say that Andy Gray is not the sharpest tool in the drawer. But a tool he is !! It’s amazing how someone can be paid so much for their job yet know so little about what they are talking.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    What about Ginola Jib?

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib – what about Marc Hottiger?


  • c-dog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Answer Rob1971s question Jib?

    And while you’re at it, when Keegan was manager what was the ratio of British/Irish players to foreign players in the EPL during that time? And tell us all how high Newcastle rated on a per club basis for this at that time?

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Never rated him
    There was Hottiger as well
    That’s 4 foreign players in 4 years.
    Ginola Tino and Albert all came when we’d qualified
    for Europe

  • c-dog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, mate, where you gone?

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Comment # 7
    Ha Ha Well done mate.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    So Andy Gray thinks we finished tenth because of Mike Ashley? I think you’ll find we finished tenth DESPITE Mike Ashley. Andy’s words didn’t make me mad, they just reinforced my opinion that he’s a bag of hot air and dog dirt 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    More Andy Gray sh!t

    ““Rafa has done really well there, he’s won the fans over, they love him. He’s very good at that. He did that at Liverpool. Rafa as a manager, he’s very single minded – he manages for himself. Never forget that.”

    Gray, you toss pot, the reason Rafa has won the fans over is because he manages for the club, you d!ck. He may well have done it at Liverpool too, whose fans also thought he was great. There’s a reason that people like him and many reasons why the same people can’t stand the sight of you.

    What an utter, utter bell end.

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    He should be called Andy GAY or Jib or Jane or whatever other names he uses at the weekend.

  • c-dog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14


    I’ll just leave you describe Andy Grey. Nobody expresses their opinions on him with more passion.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    c-dog you’re going to get jib mad again. You DIDN’T READ WHAT HE WROTE AS USUAL. What he said was ‘players of note’ meaning players who actually made a difference to the team or were actually any good. We all know that Ginola was utter rubbish so can’t be considered a ‘player of note’.

    And jib has forgotten more about football than all of the rest of us combined because we’re all idiots, so we can’t argue with him. Got it? 🙂

  • c-dog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Duly noted good sir…

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 23, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Andy Gray at his patronising best again!

  • Just a fan

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought ginola had one good season.the other one he would cut inside shoot for goal and it would fly over the bar.cue ginola on his hunkers head in hands.yes David it’s over the bar again try again later if you get a chance I’m sure one will be on target.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:08 PM
    Comment #38
    Lesh…….. You are obviously either illiterate or too stupid or stubborn to absorb what I write.
    To reiterate:- I have not read a newspaper for years and back when I did it was never the Daily Mail.
    Your sad obsession with relating things that are posted on a footy blog to what newspaper people might read and become influenced by, what political party they might support , bashing greedy capitalists particularly Trump and you never miss an opportunity to link these issues to whatever is being discussed.
    Not to mention your constant pathetic attempts to try and suggest Communism is the way forward for our country.
    You really are a sad predictable individual .

  • Toonces

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Basically finishing 10th last season could just as easily been 14th or 15th. One or two results and GD among 6 teams could have changed where we finished. We lost 18 games last season. Five teams lost more and of course 3 of those were relegated. Would this Gray character say the same thing about where we finished if we had finished 14th instead of 10th? Another talking head miss-characterizing Newcastle supporters because they are lazy, prejudiced, and don’t want to dig deeper than what they thought 14 years ago after Robson.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Ginola, I forgave him leaving for Spurs, what I could never get over was that God-awful shampoo advert.

    I can just picture the flight of the ball as he tuned away from Neville G and let the ball fly past Schmeichel on that 5-1 match. Must have watched that game 100 times. It never gets old.

  • Toonces

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    It is too early to say which Murphy we should have acquired.

    As far as the Cardiff Murphy goes, and the predictable cliche of “we bought the wrong one”, he had all his joy against Manquillo in the first half. Manquillo is a poor poor player and never should have been allowed to step on the pitch. To his credit, Cardiff Murphy torched Manquillo time and again. After Manquillo was taken out of the game and Hayden brought on, Cardiff Murphy was switched to their right side against Dummett. I don’t think he showed much in the second half before he was subbed. Dummett, who didn’t have a great game, had him largely under control.

    Jacob came on for us after the red card and did ok. Not great but looked ok and helped us put pressure on Cardiff despite us being down to 10 men. I don’t think the massive disparity between the two Murphy twins is as big as it is being made out to be, if there is any real disparity at all.

  • Danny Boy

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23


  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Andy gray has not got a clue we have not won a trophy since the fairs cup if we dont improve our team with players we will never win out know wonder you left this country you and your side kick are a couple of useless tossers.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Danny Boy, thank you for picking me up on my brain fart, much appreciated.

    Must have been mixing it up with another of my favourite matches, the Leicester 7-1 in our promotion season under Keegan

    I’ll go scrub my brain with vinegar and Swarfega and return refreshed and chastened…


  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Runaway777, they had to leave the country as nobody here would employ them after their comments on camera re female linesmen.


    This is the same Richard Keys who had an affair with his daughter’s friend while his wife was in hospital with cancer and the same Andy Gray who is married to his best friend’s ex-wife.

    A proper pair of charmers.


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