Jamaal Lascelles was missing from the game yesterday when we beat Hull City 2-0 in front of a deserted St. James’ Park Stadium.
Manager Steve Bruce has explained Jamaal and his girlfriend Harpinder Rai have had their second child and he thinks it’s a boy, although he doesn’t seem that sure.
They had their first child back in September 2018 and they named him Jamari Rai.
As an aside, the meaning of Jamari in Arabic is “handsome or beautiful”.
It’s a wonder my mother didn’t name me that back in the olden days.
Girlfriend Harpinder Rai with Jamaal Lascelles
Steve Bruce was asked on nufcTV why Jamaal was missing for yesterday’s game, and if he was OK.
This is how the manager answered:
“No, Jamaal, I think everything is OK.”
“He’s had, I believe, a little boy. I believe that’s the case, a boy, a baby anyway. So I believe all is well and congratulations to him and his family.”
“The season getting really close now.” “I think we need it, I think we all need it.”
“There’s only certain training you can do, no denying though it is strange times ahead.”
“When you see an empty St James Park it is barely recognizable.”
“Something to look forward to for supporters and of course for everybody in their mental state.”
“Although by the fixture schedule, everybody will be sick to death of football when it gets started.”
“It is a crying shame that the fans can’t be here but it is the second-best thing.”
“They will be able to cheer on the lads from TV or laptop, or whatever they are using.”
“Then let’s hope the world comes back to a more good place and we can get the supporters back.”
“Because it has proved to me anyway just how much we miss them.”
Steve’s right there and hopefully, we can finish even higher in the table than we are at the moment in 13th place.
That’s where we finished last season under Rafa Benitez: it would be great to finish in the top 10 as we prepare for wealthy new owners, and will go all out for a top-six place next season.
Howay The Lads!!