By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to express their support over manager Rafa Benitez’s decision to hand centre-back Jamaal Lascelles the captaincy.
As Football Insider reported on Saturday, Benitez handed Lascelles the the armband for the 6-0 demolition of Irish club Bohemian in a clear sign he will be given the job permanently.
The Evening Chronicle have reported that the former Nottingham Forest defender was one of the loudest voices in the dressing room during Newcastle’s relegation run-in last season.
Benitez sees Lascelles as a leader, and has given him the chance to wear the armband in front of the St. James’ Park faithful.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter as they heard of Benitez’s decision, and although some were unsure over the decision, the majority are delighted that Lascelles has been given a chance to prove his worth as a leader.
Jamaal Lascelles named skipper for #nufc – Rafa giving him a try with the armband. Good sign and well deserved.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 16, 2016
I have to agree, Lascelles last season was one of the only players to step up and accept responsibility, I think he deserves it. #NUFC
— NUFC HUB (@NUFCHub) July 16, 2016
Lascelles captain, well deserved and hope to see him with the armband this season too. #NUFC
— Ryan (@Mitrology) July 16, 2016
Wouldn't be surprised to see Jamaal Lascelles made captain this season. Showed leadership when it was needed most last season. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) July 16, 2016
Lascelles taking charge shows the core of this team is going to be a good one. Especially an English core aswell which is promising 😀 #NUFC
— MagicMitro (@ToonSquad16) July 16, 2016
Nice to see Lascelles get the (c) armband ! #NUFC
— Scott Adam Lapping (@Scott_Lapping) July 16, 2016
Sure Lascelles will show he's got what it takes to be captain today, this season and many more for #nufc.
— Kris Rogerson (@krisrogerson) July 16, 2016
— Mousawiiiii (@mousawinufc) July 16, 2016
Lascelles has told the Evening Chronicle that he would be delighted to be the Newcastle captain, but right now is focusing on pre-season and the season ahead.
He’s renowned for being honest after making forthright public comments during last season’s relegation fight.
This went down well with supporters who were frustrated at the lack of fight from the players before a late rally that ultimately proved to be in vain.
Newcastle chopped and changed captains during last season, with Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Jonjo Shelvey all donning the armband.