By Dominic Toner
Jamaal Lascelles would be the ideal Newcastle captain, according to Chronicle columnist Mick yQuinn.
The 22-year-old has been used as a captain during pre-season but Rafa Benitez is yet to officially name the club captain for the new season.
“It’s still to be confirmed, but it looks like Jamaal Lascelles is going to be Newcastle United’s new captain,” Quinn wrote in the Chronicle. “I’m really pleased about that because I like the kid.
“He’s not put a boot wrong since coming into Newcastle United’s first team. As well as being a good player, Lascelles also showed leadership qualities in Newcastle’s relegation battle. You have to be mentally strong to get out of the Championship, and he epitomises that.”
Lascelles has told the Chronicle that he would be delighted to be the Newcastle captain, but right now is focusing on pre-season.
Newcastle chopped and changed captains last season, with Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Jonjo Shelvey all donning the armband.
Lascelles is believed to have caught Benitez’ eye towards the end of last season after becoming a big voice in the dressing room.
He also made forthright public comments which went down well with supporters frustrated at the lack of fight from the players before a late rally that ultimately proved to be in vain.
The St James’ Park club are looking to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and have made a number of high profile signings this summer, including Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden stepping down from the top-flight to join the north east club.
In other Newcastle team news, their new signing has revealed why he chose the club over the Premier League.