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Captain Talks About Competition For Places In Defense


Everything looked positive last May when we finished off the season with an excellent 3-0 win against Chelsea at home to finish the season in 10th place – and for that, we got £123M from the Premier league for the TV rights.

We thought that while last year we had just been promoted and had little money to spend this year we were back into the big time so Rafa would get a decent amount to spend on new players.

He didn’t, although we did bring in seven good players who are older and more experienced than some of the players we already had.

And we’ve made a so-so start to the season playing well and losing 2-1 at home to   Tottenham in the first game.

We didn’t play particularly well last week but still managed to miss a penalty in the very last minute at Cardiff City which could (should) have given us our first win.

Jamaal Lascelles – in training – lots of competition for places in defense

Our next game on Sunday will be a tough one at home to Chelsea and this is what captain Jamaal Lascelles has said about the game;

“These games have tended to bring out the best in us, especially in the last couple of years.”

“Also, in the last couple of seasons, how we’ve reacted to disappointment has been really impressive as well.”

“Chelsea at home, we’ll fancy ourselves. We beat them 3-0 at home last year.”

“That’s in the past, but we know what they’re about, our fans will be right behind us, and we’re raring to go.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get some more points on the board.”

“We all know each other and play with each other a lot.” “Me and Ciaran have always had a good partnership, and obviously Dummy (Paul Dummett) is a really good left-back.”

“Martin [Dubravka] is unbelievable in goal, and Javier slotted in at right-back for Yedlin at the weekend really well (that’s stretching it a bit).”

“We’ve got the two new lads still to come in, so there’s a lot of competition in the defensive areas.”

“You can’t take your place for granted, although I think it would be difficult for anyone to take our places at the moment, especially after a clean sheet and a good defensive display.”

“We were under a lot of pressure, but we coped well.”

The central defenders we brought in over the summer – Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar  – are two experienced players and we expect at least one of those to be a regular in defense this season, while Florian Lejeune is out injured.

So Jamaal is right – you cannot take your place for granted these days.

However, there’s nowhere near enough competition at the full-back positions which is why Rafa will try to bring in at least a left-back in January.

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21 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Bus just ran over my foot. 🙂

    WTF

    Proctor and Gamble are trying to copyright LOL, NBD and WTF, if they succeed then we’ll have to put TM after them every time we use them.

    LOL

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    And

    OP

    Do you actually read these posts a thousand times, that really is blog dedication! 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Jamal is selecting his team for Sunday! 🙂

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Lascellss

    From experience I always found not many players over 6ft had much of a spring on them.

    Which I’ve always found strange when you see the lads who play basketball.

    Gary Speed was amazing Sir Les and Shearer, it’s more a timing thing in a way and the run up.

    Not a rule but always seems the best in the air are usually 6ft or under, Big Dunc was a monster in the air, Shola was like a fairy. It could just be more players under 6ft, who knows

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Bill

    I’ll miss the odd day here and there but usually I’ll read up to date to see what I’ve missed.

    The only time I skip is after a heavy defeat as it’s all Shite and spam or if I’ve missed 4 days or more, even then I’ll go back a few article’s.

    Easy to gauge the mood and find out the crack, nowt worse than coming on here mid battle with your trousers round your ankles.

    I’ve not posted on here for over 6 months but still read religiously..

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill

    I reckon there’s a few posters on here if you took every post they’ve made it’s the exact same content just worded differently.

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  • G

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    OP, I always thought Les was an ordinary striker with his foot, but an amazing striker with his head. He had the rare ability to turn a tap into a power shot with his head. Not many players can do that very well. Drunken Duncan was a decent header of the ball too, but sadly we never got to see much of that side of him.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Shearer just seemed big. Some people have that presense

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Carrol was the best

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Im very tall but was awful in the air.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    G

    I rember Les hitting the bar with a header and the ball didn’t hit the gr

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    G

    I rember Les heading a ball about 10yds out it hit the cross bar and was about 25yds away from the goal before it hit the floor. The bar was violently shaking for about 5secs.

    I’d hate to take a head butt of him

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  • G

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I though Carrol was an OK header of the ball, but not spectacular. As I mentioned earlier, Les Ferdinand was in a league of his own when it came to headers. Shearer was good, Les was the best. Mind, with his feet Les was the poor relation to Shearer’s skill.

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  • G

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    OP, note to self ‘Never spill Les Ferdinand’s pint’!

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    G

    Carroll attacks the ball incredibly well, he uses his body to cleave through anything in its way, technique might not be great but he wins more than he loses, those elbows though… he swings them wildly!!!

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Sir Les had all his accuracy and power from his neck, watching him cock his head back to meet a cross was a sight to behold!

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Best header Lee scored for us was against Man u. Brilliant technique and the leap of a salmon.

    Made me watch this, I still get a year when the 5th goes in!

    https://youtu.be/-b9A3Dbb3RY

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve always said that BIG MO jumps like an elephant.

    Wyn Davies, Jackie Milburn, two best ever.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 24, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Rob Lee’s hatrick of headers made a great night.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 24, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Op
    Thanks for posting the 5-0 mate. I watched that again with tears of joy. The best game I’ve ever watched without a doubt. What about Shearer taunting their fans after his cross and Sir Les’s goal. Unbelievable!

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  • lesh

    Aug 24, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #21

    OP

    That clip of the ManU mauling should be sent to Ashley to remind him of how far he’s taken Newcastle United.

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