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Manager And Players Like This Important Newcastle Defender

There have been some young center-backs break into the England team recently including former Newcastle target Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Alfie Mawson to name but three.

It may be difficult for Jamaal Lascelles to break into the England squad this season, but his new center-back partner at Newcastle, Federico Fernandez, thinks he can become important for England as well as for Newcastle.

Federico has done well early in his career on Tyneside, and both his Premier League and International experience are showing through.

That’s what we lacked last season – experience – so Rafa did bring in a few experienced Premier League players in the summer.

As soon as Rafa arrived at the club in March 2016, he picked out Lascelles as one of Newcastle best young players and started to play him in the first team.

Newcastle manager and captain

That summer he made the then 22-year-old captain of Newcastle, and in a nutshell, Jamaal has continued to improve at the club under the manager’s experienced guidance.

This is what Federico has said about his young captain:

“Jamaal is young, he’s physical, and last season especially he had a great campaign throughout.”

“I think England’s style has now changed a little, the squad is younger than before – and, when I was at Swansea, my former team-mate Alfie Mawson got a couple of chances with England.”

“So I don’t see why one day Jamaal won’t get called up. Maybe England will look at him in some friendly games so he can show his quality for his country.”

“He needs to keep working. It’s not always dependent on just him, either. The team needs to do well to help him to achieve this.”

“I hope we can improve, that we can stay better, and one day he can develop. He is a very good defender – physical, strong and vocal – and he is a good captain too.”

“The manager likes him, the players like him, and he will be important for us this season and beyond.”

“Maybe he can be important for England too.”

Federico has been interviewed quite a few times of late, and he looks an experienced leader both on and off the pitch.

When Florian Lejeune comes back from his ACL injury – maybe in January – Newcastle will have five players competing for the two center-back positions.

They are Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark, and new signing Fabian Schar

Wonder which one of those defenders Rafa will sell this summer?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

87 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!!!
    Tsunki In!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    The sign of a well run club would obviously see Clarke sold but no doubt Ashley will trouser the Lascelles money.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Although do we know if Schar is any better than Clarke.

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    PR stunt by Ashley to take the pressure away from him”

    I think the protest groups are no where near as effective
    as they like to think they are.
    I’m not really sure that Ashley is feeling that much pressure.

    I don’t think he sits at home thinking

    “Shit 3 lads in anoraks stood outside an SD store in the pissing
    rain last Saturday holding up a banner – I’d better fone Keith !”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Do you think that pizza on the same night as the meeting was a coincidence Jib.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I also think that these planned protests should submit their numbers first and if there’s not enough call it off. This would deny people like Jib the ammo to try and belittle any efforts made by them

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    How do you know ashley isn’t feeling any pressure.
    Every chance you get you belittle the protesters.

  • G

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    To be fair Jail, nearly half the protesters I have seen tend to be kitted out in some form of sportswear sold exclusively by Sports Direct. It’s hard to take protesters like that seriously. Its like protesting for animal rights whilst eating a burger.

  • hibbit

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    you just wont allow any criticism of your man will you always straight on defensive, so predictable

    looks like the frog’s got you nailed !!!!

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    How do you know ashley isn’t feeling any pressure”

    I don’t

    That could be why I used the word “think”

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Why make the comment if you dont know,pointless comment.

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Being nailed by the frog is like
    being mauled by a dead sheep

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    toon 22
    thinks Sir John Hall is a shill
    Jail for Ashley
    gives Sir Jon Hall no credit for bringing
    Kevin Keegan to SJP to be his manager
    in 1992

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    isn’t that when you jumped ship jib 92. 😆

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    never have – never will
    I’m a Geordie
    That’s why I just don’t get the
    ifrafagoeswego mentality

  • toon kk

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    The potential take over is a load of bollocks. I’ll believe when it happens. It’s like speculation in the transfer windows, more bullish.t.
    We’ll be back in the championship more than likely next season a division we belong in under MA tbh. What’s the point of being a premier league club if we can’t compete.

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    A lot of Geordie’s are scum fans.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Lascelles, very good defender, excellent leader. With coaching, he can become an excellent defender too, but I don’t think he has the ball playing skills Joe Gomez and Harry Maguire displayed at the weekend and which Southgate is looking for in his Central Defenders.

    I’m fairly sure England is out of wor Jamaal’s reach but would love to be proven wrong.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes I did Jib, yesterday.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    So the Irish Mirror is in on the tittle tattle surrounding NUFC. Nothing to do with the Brendan Rodgers position then ?

    Perhaps all that tacky papers provide is confirmation that dodgy owners, cheap business tactics and PR chancers are fuelled by failure. A well run club with respected ownership an understanding of their customers – the fans has little recourse to behalf badly and therefore there is less fuel for the press to ignite.

    Man City now have the clear upper hand over Man Utd and Mourinhio and their tacky profile.

    Liverpool now have daylight between them and Everton.

    Brighton seem to be clear of strife while enjoying their new purpose built Training Ground complex.

    NUFC are mired in cheap press coverage of cheapskate owners and associates and talk of Pizzagate. Thanks Ashley or should that be bugger lugs ?

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Reilly Comment #18 A lot of Geordie’s are scum fans.


  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #23

    WTF. you on about ya plum.its a fact.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Who needs Simon Jordan and Fat Sam to put the boot into fans and their protests when the blog has jib.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m a Geordie and one of my neighbours is a mackem fan and a Geordie.

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Reilly Comment #23
    When you use the word “scum” That’s the term that the oxygen thieves use to describe us Geordies ??? So that’s a bit confusing !!
    You Plum !!

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #27

    No thats the term they use to desrcibe our club,not Geordies.

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail for Ashley Comment #25
    Your neighbour needs to be sectioned

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Reilly, Nah its not

  • Reilly

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah it is.There are a lot of Geordies that support the great unwashed thats just a fact.How don’t you know this being a Geordie.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Geordie john

    There’s a lad I know from the Toon and in all his childhood photos he’s wearing a Toon top, Now he’s a Sunderland supporter.

    It came from a family rivalry with his brother, he hates him that much he switched aligences when he was a teen.

  • toon22

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Hiya JIB

    KBA cut your shifts ?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    reilly, I guess there has to be a percentage of Geordie’s that support the Mackems and vice versa no doubt. Not large numbers though, I don’t think.

    Pityackers, though – that’s a different story. Ashington is crawling with Mackem fans.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #34

    A bit shite on here today!

  • Mag :P

    Oct 17, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Well I can offer my services to make it better on here if you want jail. 😉

  • Wayayman

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Any London-based NUFC fans on here that want to get involved in the protests? There’s something in the pipeline so let me know if you want to show your support.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Closer to January and we get headlines of a new buyer. The fat f*k way of telling there will be no funds in January. We’ll probably get a couple of loanees and 35m for lascelles.

    No ones buying and we are stuck with that b*trd with the now highly possible relegation.

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Thank gawd
    Deandre Yedlin came on in the 84th minute
    for Reggie Cannon in USA’s pointless friendly
    vs Peru in Connecticut 15 hours ago.

    Just jet-lag to worry about now

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Your true colours were pretty obvious before that Man U game but your reaction to their winner confirmed where your loyalties lie. Jog on you mackem troll.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #40

    We are told that the fixture list is spat out by a computer.. Im thinking that maybe it is but did they feed in the top six clubs and us first batch and fixture list was contrived . Oh how they Laughed down at the FA PREM .

    Somethings not right with that fixture list early doors, needs investigating , it was unreal.

    After talking to Officials at the FA I know they see the FA Prem as wide boys and making it up as they go along.. They poured scorn on them and it was said to me live in no uncertain terms .

    The FA think the FA Prem boys are a Joke outfit..there’s a rift and a dislike of them at the FA.


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