NBC Sports reported before the game today at St. James’ Park they were hearing rumors that Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles had a fall-out in training this week,
The news is Rafa wanted Jamaal to play on the right of a back three for the Chelsea game and Jamaal is reported to have refused.
We assume Rafa would play Federico Fernandez in the middle.
If that’s true then it’s the very last thing we want to happen – problems within the squad – self-inflicted.
Especially between the manager and captain who have both been outstanding over the last two successful seasons.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles in happier times
When you look at it – if the news is true – then Jamaal is at fault because he should play where Rafa wants him to play.
And Rafa seems to have quickly put his foot down and didn’t include Jamaal in the squad for today’s game against Chelsea.
There were even rumors this morning that Jamaal would not be in the squad.
Oh my – now we really need a win today.