In Newcastle United’s 2-0 win over Burnley yesterday, Jamaal Lascelles earned his first Premier League start in 19 months.
Jamaal Lascelles, the club captain, is fully aware that his game time will be restricted, but he is more than glad to stay at Newcastle and lead the squad from the sidelines, but is always ready to step in when needed.
Lascelles has been called upon in the last two games and has performed admirably in both.
Eddie Howe made radical changes against Manchester City.
When questioned after the win at Burnley what it says about the squad’s strength that Eddie Howe can make so many changes and the team still gets the job done, Lascelles showered accolades on Eddie Howe.
Lascelles told NUFC TV that it’s all due to the £60,000-a-week man, stating: “I just think it’s huge credit to the manager really and the staff, because as you saw the other day, eleven [sic] changes against [Manchester] City, some players that haven’t played, even myself who’s not played in a while, Dummy [Paul Dummett] stepping in and beating Man City and again tonight, players stepping in and doing more.”So I believe we have a terrific squad, but it comes from hard effort on the training ground and believing in the manager’s concept and the club’s culture.”
Newcastle fans can finally see the squad’s quality.
When the teamsheet is announced and it does not resemble something that most fans would classify as the strongest XI, there is relatively little internet outrage. Howe made ten substitutions against Manchester City and still defeated them in the Carabao Cup. Eddie Howe has drilled every single player in exactly how he wants the side to play; every player appears to know their job, and as a result, when a substitute or a’reserve’ player is deployed in the starting lineup, everything still works.
This is what will propel Newcastle to the next level and demonstrate that last season’s triumph was no fluke.