Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle United’s Future Captain

Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle United’s Future Captain
Apr 11, 2016


The Newcastle United captaincy has been an unaddressed issue for far too long. Fabricio Coloccini has been club captain for five years, but he is nowhere near vocal enough. The problem is, there hasn’t been anybody to replace him. The club has been so focused on bringing young players with sell-on value that they no longer have any real leaders.

Step forward Jamaal Lascelles.

The former Nottingham Forest central defender is only 22 years old but has had to take a leadership role because the clubs so called ‘senior players’ such as Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, and Fabricio Coloccini have failed to do so.

After the defeat to Southampton, no player other than Lascelles spoke to the media. Not even stand-in captain Jonjo Shelvey, who, in all honesty, has performed quite poorly ever since he was handed the armband.

Lascelles spoke in a way no other person associated with the club had done all season long: he spoke honestly. He took responsibility for the club’s position, saying the players were at fault, not the manager. He spoke of how the side lacks characters, people who are going to get after each other.

It was refreshing to see someone speak this openly about the club’s shortcomings, it really was.

Lascelles didn’t do a bad job, don’t get me wrong. In fact, he did excellently. But a young player in his first Premier League season should not have to do what he has done.

And, according to the Daily Mail, this is not the first time he has stepped up, either.

After the 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace, it was Lascelles who led a dressing room inquest, questioning some of the players’ heart and desire.

After getting sent off in the 3-0 loss to Everton, Lascelles stormed down the tunnel and was heard on camera to say, “No one gives a f***,” which, in all honesty, is true.

He’s not at the club for the money. He’s not at the club because he heard about the city’s nightlife. He genuinely cares and is one of the few at the club who is proud to don the black and white shirt.

With the club looking like they will be playing Championship football next season, it could be Lascelles’ time to shine. All the players who want out will be gone, and he can lead the club back into the top-flight at the first time of asking.

Forget age, forget experience, give the captain’s armband to the only true leader at the club – Jamaal Lascelles.

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